Greene Ford Compares 2012 Ford Focus VS 2013 Hyundai Elantra Near Cleveland, GA

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2012 Ford Focus

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2013 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:


Elantra Sedan



5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Stress

230 lbs.

324 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

203/82 lbs.

243/604 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

104 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:


Elantra Sedan

Front Seat


4 Stars

4 Stars

Abdominal Force

277 G’s

339 G’s

Hip Force

384 lbs.

454 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

64 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

474 lbs.

832 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590 amp battery. The Elantra Sedan’s 550 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (160 vs. 148) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 131) than the Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan (manual transmissions tested):


Elantra Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16 sec

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan (automatics tested):


Elantra Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.3 sec

26.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

9.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.6 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

84 MPH

Top Speed

121 MPH

118 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Elantra Sedan:


Elantra Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Elantra Sedan (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

The Focus Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18 inch wheels. The Elantra Sedan’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Focus has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Elantra Sedan’s (60.6% to 39.4%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan GLS pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Elantra Sedan GLS (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Focus SEL Sedan is quieter than the Elantra Sedan Limited (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has .1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Elantra Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Focus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Elantra Sedan’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Focus has a standard rear wiper. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Focus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Focus will cost $175 to $1020 less than the Elantra Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $77 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Elantra Sedan, including $89 less for a water pump, $8 less for front brake pads, $21 less for fuel injection and $96 less for front struts.

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