Greene Ford Compares 2015 Ford Focus VS 2015 Toyota Prius Near Cleveland, GA

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2015 Ford Focus

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2015 Toyota Prius

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 Toyota Prius doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Prius doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Prius doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact 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 Toyota Prius:





5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

188 lbs.

313 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

287/307 lbs.

572/664 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

225 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

345/45 lbs.

577/356 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 Toyota Prius:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

52 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

566 lbs.

913 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

842 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (160 vs. 134) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Prius (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

10.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

19.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

77.7 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 Prius doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

10.9 inches

10 inches

The Focus stops much shorter than the Prius:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 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 Prius (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 Prius’ optional 45 series tires.

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

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 Toyota Prius has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius’ 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 Prius’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Focus is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Prius.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Prius’ (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 Prius pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Prius (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .56 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 Prius doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Prius:



At idle

37 dB

49 dB


73 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus Sedan has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Prius (23.8 vs. 21.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Prius 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 Prius 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 Focus’ available exterior keypad. The Prius doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Focus’ power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Prius’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Prius doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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 Prius 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 Prius because typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Prius, including $316 less for a water pump, $152 less for fuel injection, $52 less for front struts, $1019 less for a timing belt/chain and $124 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Focus and Toyota Prius won four awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 15 years. The Prius hasn’t been picked since 2004.

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

The Ford Focus outsold the Toyota Prius by 9110 units during the 2014 model year.

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