|2017 Chevy Cruze||2017 Ford Focus|
|Turbo., 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.||Engine||2.0-L, 4-Cyl.|
|Six-Speed Manual||Transmission||Five-Speed Manual|
|14.8 cu.-ft.||Trunk Space||13.2 cu.-ft.|
2017 Chevy Cruze vs. 2017 Ford Focus
Compact sedans like the Chevy Cruze and Ford Focus have the kind of performance and standard features that never seemed possible a generation ago. These two cars are fierce competitors in one of the most exciting classes of the global automotive industry. Comparing the 2017 Chevy Cruze vs. 2017 Ford Focus illustrates how closely matched these popular compact sedans are with buyers. However, there are more than a few different areas which provide the 2017 Cruze with a number of advantages over the 2017 Focus. The Cruze has been praised by independent reviews for offering an attractive passenger cabin with two-tone upholstery, near class-leading rear legroom and a well-stocked list of standard technology options.
Passenger space and trunk volume are two areas where the 2017 Chevy Cruze jumps out ahead of the 2017 Ford Focus. The comparatively roomy rear seat of the 2017 Cruze also offers supportive and comfortable places for passengers to sit with plenty of legroom to spare. The same publications which sang the praises of the Chevy Cruze have criticized the 2017 Focus for having a rear seat that is particularly troublesome for taller passengers. Additionally, the current 2017 Chevy Cruze sedan has a trunk measuring 14.8 cubic-feet, which is nearly the amount of space offered by a larger midsize sedan; this is another area where the 2017 Focus falls short of what is offered by the Chevy Cruze. Both compact sedans have infotainment systems which can be integrated with smartphone applications, however, only the 2017 Cruze has a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Performance of the 2017 Cruze
Comparing the standard engine choices of the 2017 Chevy Cruze and 2017 Ford Focus, proponents of the latter may jump up and down pointing to the horsepower advantage on the Focus’ sticker. This is technically true but is nonetheless rather misleading. The new Cruze makes 153 horsepower to the 160 horsepower produced by the Focus. Not only is this a slight, if not insignificant, differential the Focus uses a larger four-cylinder engine. The 2017 Cruze offers a turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder power plant which makes significantly more torque, which is important for strong acceleration. Additionally, the 2017 Cruze uses a more modern six-speed manual transmission, whereas the Focus hosts an aging five-speed manual. In order to help bolster fuel consumption scores, the engine for the 2017 Chevy Cruze features start/stop technology to prevent gasoline from being burned unnecessarily.