2016 Toyota Corolla vs. Ford Focus

Looking at reliable, sedan-sized cars, the 2016 Toyota Corolla and 2016 Ford Focus come to mind. These two vehicles are often compared, but seldom contrasted. In this vehicle comparison, we'll show drivers like you in the South Brunswick Township, Plainsboro Township and New Brunswick area these two popular cars and their different features. In this vehicle comparison, we'll be taking a look at engines, fuel economy, technology and safety features/ratings. First, let's look under the hood of each of these cars.

Toyota Corolla vs. Ford Focus: Engine & Fuel Efficiency

The Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus both feature 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve engines. The difference between these two engines is fuel economy. The Toyota Corolla received an EPA estimated 28/37 mpg city/highway. The Ford Focus can get 26/36 mpg city/highway, according to EPA estimates. This little difference can add up over time with trips and money spent at the gas station, and the Toyota Corolla provides the overall benefit in this aspect.

Technology & Entertainment

Driving a typical sedan doesn't have to be boring, and with the Toyota Corolla, it certainly won't be. The Toyota Corolla comes standard with the Toyota Entune™ multi-media bundle which features 6-speakers, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input and a USB 2.0 Port. This vehicle also features Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity with phonebook access, music streaming and Siri® eyes-free.

The Ford Focus features the 4.2 inch SYNC with MyFord® touch-screen display. With the sound system, the Ford Focus offers 4-speakers, AM/FM stereo, Auxiliary/USB inputs and Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity. Overall, the Toyota Corolla offers more entertainment features for you. With two additional speakers, Bluetooth® music streaming and a larger touch-screen display, the Toyota Corolla holds the advantage in this department.

Safety Features & Ratings

Both the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus come standard with a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system with traction and stability control. With collision protection, both vehicles feature dual front-side mounted air bags as well as head airbags for both front and rear passengers. A difference between these two vehicle's respective safety features is that the Toyota Corolla comes with both a First Aid Kit and an Emergency Assistance Kit for added help in the event of an unforeseen traffic accident. The Ford Focus doesn't come with either kit.

With National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, both cars received an overall 5-star rating; however, the Ford Focus only received 4-stars in the Passenger Frontal Barrier Crash Rating. The Toyota Corolla received 5-stars in this category.

Corolla vs. Ford Focus Conclusion

Hopefully you learned a lot about both the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus. More importantly, you learned about the differences between these two vehicles, which will help with your decision making. The Toyota Corolla receives a better fuel economy and more entertainment features.  With safety, the Toyota Corolla offers more with its two emergency kits and its better NHTSA crash test ratings. Overall, the Corolla simply offers more to New Jersey drivers.  You can read more about the Corolla with our 2016 Toyota Corolla vehicle review too.

Schedule a test drive of the 2016 Toyota Corolla today at Dayton Toyota, proudly serving drivers in the South Brunswick Township, Plainsboro Township and New Brunswick area.

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