A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze

2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze

Compact sedans, typified by the Ford Focus, have come a long way since the class was first introduced to customers. The days of sparsely-equipped models good for little more than just getting a driver from point A to point B are long over. To show just what a Heritage Ford customer could have in their driveway, the sales staff has compiled this high-altitude comparison of the 2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze. In many respects, the 2018 Focus and its current Chevy Cruze competitor are each very closely matched. Both cars do very well in terms of efficiency and overall allotment of standard equipment. However, there are still more than a few areas where Ford engineers have outfitted the Focus to outshine much of the competition, including the new Chevy Cruze platform.

One area which really stands out in a comparison of the 2018 Ford Focus and 2018 Chevy Cruze is performance. The 2018 Focus uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This more than edges out the standard power plant used with the 2018 Cruze, a turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine topping out at fewer than 155 horsepower. Additionally, independent reviews have taken the Chevy Cruze to task for having less than exciting acceleration from a dead stop. Alternatively, the naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter engine used by the 2018 Focus was given a strong evaluation. In terms of ride quality, the same reviews praised the 2018 Focus for being able to easily handle almost any imperfections in the road as well as keeping the passenger cabin quiet.

2018 Ford Focus 2018 Chevy Cruze
2.0-liter, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.
160/146 Horsepower/Torque 153/177
Five-speed manual Transmission Six-speed manual
Yes Available w/ Hatchback Yes

Standard features in the 2018 Focus

Ford really puts its best foot forward with the 2018 Focus sedan. The base S trim is well-equipped by any metric. It comes with a height-adjustable driver's seat, tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel and the automaker's driver-monitoring system which can put hard limits on speed, audio volume and more. The Focus SEL version comes with the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system and is compatible with many of today's most popular smartphone applications from the Apple and Android platforms. Furthermore, independent reviews liked how Ford designers made all of the controls inside of the Focus easy for the driver to reach.

A front left quarter view of a blue 2018 Ford Focus hatchback
A left rear quarter view of a 2018 Focus hatchback

An interior view of the driver's cockpit of the 2018 Ford Focus showing the center gauge cluster and infotainment system
A view from the passenger side of the 2018 Ford Focus showing how much space is available

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