Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Focus VS 2018 Hyundai Elantra Near Buford, GA

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2018 Ford Focus

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2018 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.

Both the Focus and the Elantra Sedan 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.3 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan Manual with its standard engine (30 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/36 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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:





60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, 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 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 base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Elantra Sedan’s (61% to 39%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the Elantra Sedan Eco pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Elantra Sedan Limited (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Sedan is 2.2 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Focus Hatchback is 8.2 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan.

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, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Elantra Sedan Limited:





73 dB

82 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .9 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear hip room 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. 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.

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 Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited’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 Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Focus has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Elantra Sedan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus’ optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Focus, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Elantra Sedan.

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 Elantra Sedan 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 Elantra Sedan because it costs $99 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Elantra Sedan, including $18 less for a water pump, $55 less for an alternator, $2 less for front brake pads, $87 less for front struts and $99 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 18 years. The Elantra Sedan 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 17 years. The Elantra Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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