Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Focus VS 2018 Subaru Impreza Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2018 Ford Focus

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2018 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.

Both the Focus and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Focus has a standard 590-amp battery. The Impreza’s 530-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (160 vs. 152) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

84 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza Sedan Manual (30 city/40 hwy vs. 24 city/32 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza Sedan Manual (25 city/34 hwy vs. 24 city/32 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 Impreza 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 Impreza doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Impreza base model’s 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.

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 Impreza doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Focus is shorter than the Impreza, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:





178.7 inches

182.1 inches


171.7 inches

175.6 inches

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (13.2 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 20.8 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 rear 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 rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Focus’ headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Impreza’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/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 Impreza doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s standard 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.

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Impreza, including $213 less for a water pump, $91 less for an alternator, $7 less for front brake pads, $85 less for a starter, $500 less for front struts and $155 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 Impreza 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 Impreza has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Subaru Impreza by over two to one during the 2017 model year.

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