Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Focus VS 2014 Acura ILX Near Buford, GA

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2014 Ford Focus

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2014 Acura ILX

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 Acura ILX 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 ILX 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 ILX 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 ILX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 Acura ILX:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

188 lbs.

291 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

287/307 lbs.

558/587 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

220 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

345/45 lbs.

488/422 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 Acura ILX:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

52 G’s

60 G’s

Hip Force

566 lbs.

770 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches




Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

1068 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The ILX has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 49 more horsepower (160 vs. 111) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 127) than the ILX 1.5 Hybrid’s standard 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Focus’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (160 vs. 150) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 140) than the ILX 2.0L’s standard 2.0 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus is faster than the Acura ILX (automatics tested):


ILX 1.5 Hybrid

ILX 2.0L

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

10.8 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

18.2 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

74 MPH

83.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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



4 cyl./Manual

26 city/36 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/37 hwy

24 city/35 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Focus uses regular unleaded gasoline. The ILX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Focus’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the ILX:



Front Rotors

10.9 inches

10.3 inches

The Focus stops much shorter than the ILX:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

146 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 ILX (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 ILX’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The ILX’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 ILX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than on the ILX.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the ILX 2.4L pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the ILX 1.5 Hybrid (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus 5dr Hatchback is 7.5 inches shorter than the ILX, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 ILX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has .4 inches more front headroom, 3.7 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the ILX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a larger trunk than the ILX (13.2 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

The Focus’ available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ILX 1.5L Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

The Focus’ optional folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The ILX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The Focus SE/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 ILX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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

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 ILX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the ILX because typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the ILX, including $75 less for a starter, $31 less for fuel injection, $170 less for a fuel pump and $15 less for front struts.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Focus will be $2057 to $6471 less than for the Acura ILX.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Acura ILX didn't win any award.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 15 years. The ILX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 14 years. The ILX has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Acura ILX by over 11 to one during 2013.

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