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2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Nissan Sentra

Green 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback on a Desert Road vs Blue 2018 Nissan Sentra on a City Street

Armed with affordable price tags, value-packed spec sheets, athletic designs and exciting engine options, entries in the compact car segment like the 2018 Ford Focus promise to check all the boxes for car shoppers. Explore the advantages and benefits of the world-class Ford Focus design with this in-depth 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Nissan Sentra comparison created by Marshal Mize Ford.

Ford-brand loyalists who have their hearts set on the 2018 Ford Focus will have their pick of six trim levels – S, SE, SEL, Titanium, ST and RS – that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle with classic sedan and sporty hatchback designs. Ford Focus editions feature a cabin that provides 90 cubic feet of passenger space and makes room for five passengers with 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space for the Ford Focus Sedan or 23.3 cubic feet of space for the Focus Hatchback.

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2018 Ford Focus VS 2018 Nissan Sentra
$17,950 Base MSRP $16,990
160-Horsepower 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Base Engine 124-Horsepower 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder
Sedan and Hatchback Body Styles Sedan
13.2 - 23.3 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 15.1 Cubic Feet

What Are the Advantages of the 2018 Ford Focus?

In a segment that is defined by value and versatility, the Ford Focus is tough to beat in this 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Nissan Sentra comparison. An affordable price tag that starts at $17,950 and includes a wealth of standard features – 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, a rearview camera, Ford MyKey® teen driver technology and a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® infotainment system with Bluetooth – make the entry-level Ford Focus a budget-friendly fan favorite. When you add the option to choose between sedan and hatchback body styles, the Ford Focus is a cut above the Nissan Sentra.

When you want to upgrade your day-to-day commute, the 2018 Ford Focus will deliver with an incredible array of next-generation features that start with an 8-inch Ford SYNC® 3 touchscreen infotainment system that provides access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional highlights of the Ford Focus spec sheet include a 10-speaker SONY® sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an integrated navigation system and lavish leather upholstery.

Power and performance are elements of the 2018 Ford Focus design that will leave the Nissan Sentra behind. A 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder sets the bar high and will achieve 31 mpg combined with a six-speed PowerShift® automatic transmission. Drivers who strive for efficient performance can opt for a 123-horsepower 1.0-liter EcoBoost® three-cylinder engine that will make 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with a standard six-speed manual transmission.

Drivers who crave track-ready performance will find few compact cars that can deliver like the Ford Focus. Performance-tuned Ford Focus ST entries play host to a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder that will overpower the top-of-the-line 188-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo employed by the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo. To make your drive even more exciting, the Ford Focus RS will deliver track-tuned thrills with a 350-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder power core.


Blue 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback in Front of Glass Building
Gray 2018 Ford Focus Sedan on City Street
2018 Ford Focus Steering Wheel and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display
2018 Ford Focus Front Seat Interior