COMPARISON: Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback – Affordable Price, Minimal Passenger Space

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Compact cars are always popular because they serve buyers with a wide range of needs. They’re inexpensive, get good fuel economy, and still have enough room to carry the kids or your friends.

The Ford Focus comes in several trim levels from a stripped down model with a manual transmission, to the performance-oriented RS for those who want serious fun from their little car.

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The Titanium isn’t the performance version of the Focus, but rather the more upscale version. It comes with a larger infotainment screen and leather trims that make the interior a pleasant though not luxurious space.

It has some stiff competition however, and it might not make it the best choice for every buyer. Here’s how the 2016 Ford Focus compares to that competition.

There’s a mix of 4- and 5-door cars on our comparison list, which is one of the big decisions in this segment. A hatchback provides a more flexible cargo space, especially for longer items. There are fewer hatchbacks than sedans, however, so opting for one does limit your choices.

Even without folding the rear seats down, there’s more cargo space behind those seats than in the trunks of comparable cars. Once those rear seats are folded, you have more than double the cargo space of those sedans.

Another key consideration is passenger comfort, particularly for rear passengers. The Ford Focus falls short of competitors here with only 32.0 inches of rear legroom. That number is higher in every vehicle on our comparison list. Adjust the front seat to where you like it and then sit in the rear seats and gauge how much room is left.

If you’ve got kids, this isn’t such a big deal. If you’ll be carrying friends around town or sharing a commute, then make sure your rear passengers won’t have to twist like pretzels to fit in the car.

Looking for a new or used car? Check out BestRide’s listing search here.

Pricing is also key with many people buying a compact simply because it’s an affordable option. The Focus has a high price for its most well-equipped models, but if you’re looking for a base model, then it is very competitive.

Fuel economy is another reason many commuters opt for a compact car. Here, the Ford is not a superstar. Although it matches up pretty evenly with the Hyundai Elantra, the Mazda Mazda3 and Cheverlot Cruze are better choices for those looking to save gas on long commutes.

The Ford Focus offers a competitive choice in the compact sedan segment. It has the convenience of a hatchback with a modest price point, but those seeking optimum fuel efficiency and a roomy backseat should check out other competitive choices.

Check out the numbers below, and decide for yourself.

2016 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback

Performance
Engine: 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower: 160
Torque: 146 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: 38.3
Front Legroom: 43.1
Rear Headroom: 38.0
Rear Legroom: 33.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Rear Seat Folded: 43.9
Rear Seat Up: 23.3

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 26
Highway: 38

Pricing: $17,225 – $35,900

2016 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

2016 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

Performance
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 155
Torque: 150 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: 38.6
Front Legroom: 42.2
Rear Headroom: 37.6
Rear Legroom: 35.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Rear Seat Folded: 47.1
Rear Seat Up: 20.2

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 33
Highway: 40

Pricing: $18,545 – $25,445

2016 Chevrolet Cruze2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Performance
Engine: 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 153
Torque: 177 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: 38.9
Front Legroom: 42.0
Rear Headroom: 37.3
Rear Legroom: 36.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Trunk: 14.8

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 30
Highway: 42

Pricing: $16,120 – $24,370

2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Performance
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 147
Torque: 132 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Front Headroom: 38.8
Front Legroom: 42.2
Rear Headroom: 37.3
Rear Legroom: 35.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Trunk: 14.4

Fuel Economy:
City: 28
Highway: 37

Pricing: $17,150 – $22,350

There’s a mix of 4- and 5-door cars on our comparison list, which is one of the big decisions in this segment. A hatchback provides a more flexible cargo space, especially for longer items. There are fewer hatchbacks than sedans, however, so opting for one does limit your choices.

Even without folding the rear seats down, there’s more cargo space behind those seats than in the trunks of comparable cars. Once those rear seats are folded, you have more than double the cargo space of those sedans.

Another key consideration is passenger comfort, particularly for rear passengers. The Ford Focus falls short of competitors here with only 32.0 inches of rear legroom. That number is higher in every vehicle on our comparison list. Adjust the front seat to where you like it and then sit in the rear seats and gauge how much room is left.

If you’ve got kids, this isn’t such a big deal. If you’ll be carrying friends around town or sharing a commute, then make sure your rear passengers won’t have to twist like pretzels to fit in the car.

Looking for a new or used car? Check out BestRide’s listing search here.

Pricing is also key with many people buying a compact simply because it’s an affordable option. The Focus has a high price for its most well-equipped models, but if you’re looking for a base model, then it is very competitive.

Fuel economy is another reason many commuters opt for a compact car. Here, the Ford is not a superstar. Although it matches up pretty evenly with the Hyundai Elantra, the Mazda Mazda3 and Cheverlot Cruze are better choices for those looking to save gas on long commutes.

The Ford Focus offers a competitive choice in the compact sedan segment. It has the convenience of a hatchback with a modest price point, but those seeking optimum fuel efficiency and a roomy backseat should check out competitive choices.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin