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2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Chevy Cruze

Green 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback on a Dirt Road vs Orange 2018 Chevy Cruze Hatchback on a Coast Road

Affordable and fun-to-drive, compact sedans and hatchbacks are tailor-made for first-time car buyers or car shoppers on a tighter budget. Armed with an athletic style, efficient fuel-economy ratings, a smorgasbord of engine options and a wealth of innovative features, the 2018 Ford Focus will check all the boxes at Marshal Mize Ford. Take a closer look at how the Ford compact fairs against a premier competitor in the segment with this in-depth 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Chevy Cruze comparison.

Tailor the 2018 Ford Focus to fit your lifestyle and budget with six trim levels – S, SE, SEL, Titanium, ST and RS – that are available in family-friendly sedan or stylish hatchback configurations. Ford Focus models make room for five passengers in a cabin that provides 90 cubic feet of passenger space and can be equipped with a Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system that features an 8-inch touchscreen display. Additional highlights include access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a standard rearview camera, premium leather interior, 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, a power sunroof and more.

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2018 Ford Focus VS 2018 Chevy Cruze
$17,950 Base Price $16,975
2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder Base Engine Turbocharged 1.4-Liter Four-Cylinder
13.2 - 23.3 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 14.8 - 22.7 Cubic Feet
4 Available Engine Options 2

What Are the 2018 Ford Focus Engine Options and Performance Specs?

Price is always an important part of the car-buying decision and with a price tag that starts at $17,950 and a smorgasbord of standard features, the Ford Focus will stand out in this 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Chevy Cruze debate. When you add an impressive arsenal of available powertrains, the Ford Focus is a cut above the competition. Ford Focus S editions feature a standard rearview camera, a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® display, Bluetooth, Ford MyKey® safety technology, power accessories and keyless entry.

Where the Ford Focus sets itself apart from its Chevrolet counterpart is under the hood. Base Ford Focus entries employ a standard 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can be paired with a five-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift® automatic transmission. When mated to the six-speed automatic, the Ford Focus will make 28 mpg combined. A 153-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the standard powertrain for the Chevy Cruze and can be paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Ford Focus performance upgrades include a fuel-efficient 1.0-liter EcoBoost® three-cylinder engine that employs Auto Start-Stop technology to earn 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual transmission – a six-speed automatic gearbox is optional. Performance-tuned Focus ST Hatchback editions feature a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine that is only surpassed by the track-ready Ford Focus RS and its 350-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder. Chevy Cruze variants upgrade performance with an ultra-efficient 137-horsepower 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine that gets paired with a nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

Chattanooga-area drivers who crave high-end performance on a budget will find that the 2018 Ford Focus stands out from the automotive masses at Marshal Mize Ford!


Gray 2018 Ford Focus Sedan on City Street
Blue Ford Focus RS Drifting in Snow
2018 Ford Focus Steering Wheel and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display
2018 Ford Focus Front Seat Interior