CHEVY CRUZE VS FORD FOCUS
At Baierl Chevrolet, drivers often ask us how a model such as the Chevy Cruze might hold up to another leading model in its class. One such car would be the Ford Focus, which is a hot contender for the top compact sedan on the market today.
Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township drivers seeking answers can turn to this Cruze vs. Focus comparison by our team. We’ll break down performance, safety, and interior comfort to show you which offers the more robust package.
COMPACT SEDANS WITH BIG PERFORMANCE
Even in a smaller sedan or hatchback (both body styles are available for these cars), you can manage to pack in a fair amount of muscle. The Chevy Cruze, with its standard 1.4L ECOTEC® four-cylinder engine, is proof of this.
The Cruze makes turbocharging standard. This more efficient and smaller design ratchets torque up to 177 lb-ft. This easily surpasses the 146 lb-ft produced by the 2.0L inline 4-cylinder in the Ford Focus.
The Focus does not offer a turbocharged engine in any of its trim levels, missing out on a big boost in power. It also fails to offer a diesel engine, which is another option of the Cruze. Its turbo diesel four-cylinder can generate an impressive 240 lb-ft. The Focus, unfortunately, can’t come close to that.
CHEVY CRUZE VS FORD FOCUS SAFETY
Stability and traction controls are very helpful in maintaining wheel grip and cornering abilities on slippery roads. Both are a necessity for safety, and both can be found in the Focus and the Cruze.
However, beyond that, the Focus does not offer many smart driver-assisting features. In higher trims, you’ll have an optional Lane-Keeping System and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross-Traffic Alert. Both can let you know when you are safely in a lane, or when adjacent lanes are clear for crossing.
These features, plus many more, are available in the Cruze, too. There’s Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and even post-collision coverage with OnStar®. The Cruze covers all your bases.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a sporty cabin with leather trim and all the additional bells and whistles, the Focus and the Cruze each have a lot to offer. In fact, they have some notable similarities.
Each offers a central infotainment suite with a touchscreen and available navigation services. For the Cruze, it’s Chevrolet MyLink®, and for the Focus, it’s SYNC®. These suites consolidate all your entertainment and informational features into one interface.
Of course, the Cruze adds in some extra features, too. It has optional Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, which allow you to integrate your phone and pull up your favorite apps on the touchscreen. It even offers premium audio in the form of Bose® speakers, so you can really crank up your Spotify playlists or your podcasts.
IS THE CRUZE OR FOCUS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The 2018 Ford Focus may offer some sporty trims and some nice interior conveniences, but it can’t quite match what the Chevy Cruze has in store. So, if you want the better option, you’ll have to go with the latter.
Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township drivers can get better acquainted with the Chevrolet Cruze at our dealership when browsing our full inventory. Contact Baierl Chevrolet for more information today.