|2018 Chevrolet Cruze||vs.||2018 Chevrolet Ford Focus|
|1.4-liter 4-cylinder||Engine||2.0-liter I-4|
|27 city / 38 hwy||Fuel Economy||25 city / 34 hwy|
|177 lb-ft||Torque||146 lb-ft|
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Compact sedans and hatchbacks come in so many flavors these days. It can be difficult to make an informed purchase decision based on price alone. A well-rounded vehicle with plenty of customization possibilities is the popular Chevrolet Cruze. This sedan, also available as a hatchback, combines a nicely designed interior with excellent fuel efficiency, and it’s not as cramped inside as most competing models in this segment.
The Ford Focus is worth a close look, but it seems to come up a bit short of the Chevrolet Cruze in the areas of interior design, high-tech, and drivability. It has its pros and very few cons, but overall the Focus lacks the overall appeal of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze.
Neither the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze or Ford Focus are going to win any awards for raw power, but they both promise excellent fuel efficiency. However, the tiny 1.0L three-cylinder engine available on the Focus is far from exciting. There’s absolutely no punch whatsoever even though it’s turbocharged. Most Cruze trims are powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine rated at 153 horsepower, and drivers will find that this power source actually outperforms the 2.0L engine that comes standard on the Focus. Steering and braking on the Cruze are excellent, and handling twisting roadways is no problem. The Focus suffers a bit when it comes to pushing the gas pedal. Drivers will have to mash it hard to get any sort of respectable response.
The Cruze’s cabin is small but not cramped. All of the controls on the dash and instrument panel are within easy reach of the driver. Both the steering wheel and driver’s seat have wide range of position, so it doesn’t matter how tall or short the driver is. The back seat has marginal legroom, but that’s to be expected in a compact sedan. On the other hand, the front seats are spacious, and legroom is exceptional. Standard features on the popular LT trim include air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks. Leather upholstery is available on the LT diesel and Premier trims. The 2018 Ford Focus has an aging interior design, and most drivers find the control buttons and knobs a bit confusing because most of them resemble each other. Rear headroom is more of a problem with the Focus than with the Cruze.
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze boasts the MyLink system – quite simply one of the best infotainment systems available. Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are included on every trim. OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also standard. The appealing Sun and Sound package adds on a sunroof, but it also upgrades the high-tech features. An 8-inch screen display, color driver information center, and a nine-speaker Bose stereo system are the main features of this affordable package. The 2018 Ford Focus comes with Bluetooth and voice controls as standard on all trims, but the infotainment system is a step below the Chevrolet MyLink system. Buyers will have to spring for the much more expensive SEL trim in order to get the Sync 3 system and upgraded stereo.
These two models are extremely popular, but it’s certainly worth it to check them out closely by taking them for a test drive. Get to know the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze up-close and personal. Contact our dealership to schedule a test drive so that you can fully appreciate the attention to design and functionality that have resulted in rave reviews for this well-rounded compact from Chevrolet.Schedule Test Drive
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.