Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Ford Focus

Compare 2017 Honda Civic vs Ford Focus

How do you decide between two long-time rivals when both have great consumer ratings, comparable styling, and class-leading fuel economy? You look beyond the superficial and take a closer look at the specs and safety ratings from all major organizations, for starters.

Richmond drivers who are comparing the 2017 Honda Civic to the 2017 Ford Focus have a few aspects to consider when deciding. To find out, read our full comparison:


Honda Civic

It's hard to beat perfection, so it's almost unfair to hold the Civic's safety ratings up against competitors. Almost. The 2017 Honda compact earned the 2017 Top Safety Pick* title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating** from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning perfect scores across the board.

Standard on each model of the Civic are SmartVent airbags throughout the cabin, tire pressure monitoring system, multi-angle rearview camera, advanced braking with electronic distribution, and vehicle stability assist with traction control. Additionally, the 2017 Civic was built on the ACE Body Structure, which distributes impact to keep passengers protected. It's also available with Honda Sensing, a suite of features that includes adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, and collision mitigation braking.

Ford Focus

The 2017 Focus also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, though it scored just 4 out of 5 stars in rollover tests. Additionally, the IIHS did not give it a title, and it scored Acceptable in tests for small front overlap impact.

The Focus features standard airbags throughout the cabin, AdvanceTrac stability control, child seat anchors and tethers, rearview camera, anti-theft system, and tire pressure monitoring system. The Focus is missing driver assistance tech like pre-collision alert with automatic braking, but does feature available blind spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping system.

Interior and Cargo

Honda Civic

Each model of the Civic has supportive, comfortable seating made of high-quality materials. It's also very spacious for a compact car, whether you choose the sedan or hatchback. With 42.3 inches of legroom up front and 37.4 inches in the rear, the five-passenger sedan is roomy all around, with 97.8 cubes of passenger volume. The sedan also has 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The hatchback has similar leg room and passenger volume, but adds serious cargo space, with 25.7 cubes with the seats up and 46.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Ford Focus

The 2017 Focus has 43 inches of legroom in the front but just 33.2 inches in the rear, so adult passengers may feel cramped. Total passenger volume for any model is 90 cubic feet. The sedan model has 13.2 cubes of cargo space, while the hatchback has 23.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 43.9 cubes when rear seats are folded.

*The following 2017 models with Honda Sensing™ have been awarded the esteemed TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their excellent safety performance: Accord Coupe, Civic Coupe and Civic Sedan.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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