2018 Ford Focus vs Toyota Corolla

Sedan shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle might be wondering whether the 2018 Ford Focus or the 2018 Toyota Corolla is a better fit for their lifestyle. With so many great qualities in both vehicles, it'll be tough to decide between the two.

To help you make this exciting decision, we at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg have put together this detailed comparison. Below, you'll see how the Focus and the Corolla stack up against each other when it comes to performance, interior space, and safety. Read ahead to learn more!

Focus vs Corolla: Performance Specifications  

Leading the way in the 2018 Ford Focus is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, a standard 5-speed manual transmission, and a front-wheel drivetrain. With this standard engine, which can be paired with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, which produces a respectable 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque.

However, the Focus doesn't stop there. If power is at the top of your priority list, you can opt for the available 2.3L EcoBoost® engine which produces a whopping 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. If you want more efficiency, go with the Focus Electric trim for an incredible EPA-estimated 118 city / 96 highway MPG1.

As for the 2018 Toyota Corolla, you'll only have one engine to choose from. This 1.8L 4-cylinder engine produces just 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, this model only achieves an EPA-estimated 40 highway MPG2 with its Eco trim.

Focus vs Corolla: Passenger & Cargo Space

As comparably capable sedans, the 2018 Ford Focus and the 2018 Toyota Corolla both offer five spacious seats. These seats are standardly upholstered with cloth trimming appointments that can be switched out for leather. Both models also offer 38.3 inches of headroom in the two front seats. 

The Focus goes a step further to make sure everyone onboard is comfortable by offering some additional wiggle room. In the Focus, you'll have 38 inches of read headroom as opposed to the Corolla's 37.1 inches. The Focus also provides you with 43.1 inches of front legroom while the Corolla only has 42.3 inches of front legroom to offer.

Focus vs Corolla: Advanced Safety Systems

You need a car that keeps you safe and both the 2018 Ford Focus and the 2018 Toyota Corolla deliver. Standardly, both sedans are equipped with advanced airbag systems comprised of front, side, side curtain, and driver's knee airbags as well as severity sensors to determine how much these airbags need to react.

In both vehicles, you'll get quite a few other impressive safety features that'll have your back including Stability Control Systems like the Focus's AdvanceTrac and the Corolla's Vehicle Stability Control. Stability control smartly provides customized brake pressure and torque to each wheel in order to give you the traction you need in all kinds of driving conditions.

The Focus goes one step further with an additional safety feature you'll miss out on in the Corolla. MyKey® lets you program specific driving conditions for your teen driver like maximum speed and audio levels in order to teach them safe driving habits.

2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Toyota Corolla: Which One?

It's clear that the 2018 Ford Focus comes out on top in every category. Come get the full experience of the Focus for yourself at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg. Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can schedule a test drive by giving us a quick call today!


1 EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the PEA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

2 2017 EPA-estimated 30 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg for Corolla LE Eco. Actual mileage will vary.


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