It’s true that gas prices are pretty darn good these days; Nobody’s here to complain about that. And we are all looking to live large – So should we scrap the idea of a small, efficient car? Not so fast. When you’re looking at a decision as long-term as which new car to buy, it’s important to think about the bigger long-term picture. Fuel costs are nothing if not unpredictable, and Ford is one name in the business that really puts a focus (no pun intended… well, maybe) on how its vehicles can continue to provide quality and value over the entire course of ownership.
Which brings us to two of the most well-loved small cars out there: the Ford Focus, and even smaller Fiesta. What are the differences between the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Focus? Start by checking out this chart:
|2016 Focus||2016 Fiesta|
|Engine||160-hp 2.0L I-4||120-hp 1.5L I-4|
|Passenger Volume||91 cu. ft.||85 cu. ft.|
|Fuel Economy||26 city/36 hwy||28 city/36 hwy|
Let’s get some things out of the way in terms of how these vehicles are qutie like one another. Both have seating for five passengers, a 60/40 split rear bench that folds down for your cargo needs, standard steering wheel audio controls and voice recognition (for your convenience AND safety), and the same suite of safety features including frontal, side impact, side curtain, and driver knee protection airbags, in-vehicle 911 assist, and rear child safety door locks.
Other similarities include the same warranty package, including 60 months/60,000 miles of roadside assistance, 15” steel wheels, and come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission (upgrade available). As you can see from the chart, the two models also have very comparable (and excellent) fuel economy, and both have a 12.4 gallon fuel tank.
How are the Focus and Fiesta Different?
So, what are the key differences. As you can see, the Focus offers significantly more power output for a comparable fuel economy, which is to say that one of the things that set this model a bit higher in the price department is a more sophisticated, better-performing engine. Depending on your needs and budget, this might be a factor for you or not such a big deal.
Another thing that might be a deal maker or breaker for you is passenger volume. No doubt about it, the Fiesta is a smaller car – great for tight parking spaces, not ideal if your regular backseat passengers are a bit larger.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or you’d like to take either or both models out for a test drive at our Grand Junction location!