Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford Focus VS 2013 Subaru Impreza Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2013 Ford Focus

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2013 Subaru Impreza

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 Subaru Impreza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Focus’ standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Impreza doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Compared to metal, the Focus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Impreza has a metal gas tank.

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 Impreza 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 Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (160 vs. 148) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Popular Mechanics the Ford Focus is faster than the Subaru Impreza (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

80.7 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza CVT (28 city/40 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza:



2.0 4 cyl./Manual

26 city/36 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual




25 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/38 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 4 cyl./Auto (SelectShift)

27 city/37 hwy



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 Impreza doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Impreza:



80 to 0 MPH

210 feet

238 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

133 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Impreza (235/40R18 vs. 205/55R16).

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 Impreza’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Impreza’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 Impreza, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Impreza’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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

The Focus has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Impreza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Impreza.

The Focus Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the Impreza Sedan pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium 5dr Hatchback handles at .91 G’s, while the Impreza Premium 5-door pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium 5dr Hatchback goes through Road & Track’s slalom 5 MPH faster than the Impreza Premium 5-door (69.2 vs. 64.2 MPH).

The Focus SE Sedan performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver faster than the Impreza Premium Sedan (60.66 vs. 60.23 MPH).

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impreza Sedan (27.2 seconds vs. 28.1 seconds).

The Focus SE 5dr Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impreza 5-door (27.6 seconds vs. 28.3 seconds).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Ford Focus amounts to more than styling. The Focus has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .295 Cd. That is lower than the Impreza (.31 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Focus get better fuel mileage.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Focus 5dr Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Impreza 5-door is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Focus Sedan has .7 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Impreza Sedan.

The Focus 5dr Hatchback has .7 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Impreza 5-door.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (13.2 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Focus 5dr Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat up (23.8 vs. 22.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Impreza 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 Impreza prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Impreza’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Focus Titanium allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Subaru Impreza doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Focus has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Impreza Base doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The Focus (except S)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Impreza doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Optional SYNC for the Focus (not available S) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Impreza doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Focus 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 Impreza doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Focus will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Focus will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Impreza.



Four Year

44% to 45%

41% to 43%

Two Year

60% to 63%

58% to 59%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $105 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Impreza, including $162 less for a water pump, $6 less for an alternator, $14 less for front brake pads, $123 less for a starter, $70 less for fuel injection, $280 less for front struts and $117 less for a power steering pump.

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