2018 Ford Focus

Starting Price: $18,825 | Price yours

Above Average: Fuel economy, sporty styling and performance

Below Average: Interior room, price

Consensus: Practical choice in the segment


2018 Subaru WRX

Starting Price: $27,855 | Price yours

Above Average: Performance, track-tuned suspension

Below Average: Interior comfort

Consensus: Speed and usability meet a balance


The Ford Focus has four different trim levels available as well as several powertrains. As a sedan or hatchback, the latter also having a full electric option, the Focus is fuel efficient and sports great performance, especially in the hatchback-only Focus ST and RS trims. Though smaller than many competitors, the Focus doesn’t sacrifice much due to its size. The Subaru WRX brings a retuned suspension for improved handling to this year’s model. Subaru Starlink Multimedia brings navigation, music, and weather right to the steering wheel. Starlink Safety and Security includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery and other services. Two engine models offer the choice for plenty of turbocharged power.

Ford Focus Advantages

The MyFord Mobile App can monitor the charge of your Electric Focus and get you directions to the nearest charging station. Several trim levels and powertrains available, including the 350-horsepower RS hatchback and 107 combined mpg-e Electric hatch.

Subaru WRX Advantages

Symmetrical all-wheel drive creates razor-sharp handling, EyeSight driver-assist safety technology, spacious trunk.


High-performance options, peace-of-mind safety features, enjoyable drivability.

Final Recommendations

The Ford Focus is a very practical choice for a compact car, with plenty of trim and engine options to choose from, and also has performance chops. The Subaru WRX is the high-performance, sports sedan that’ll attract those looking for just that without breaking the bank.

  2018 Ford Focus 2018 Subura WRX
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 160 hp @ 6,500 rpm 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 146 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission Manual, 5-speed Manual, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (25 city, 34 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city, 27 hwy)
Also Available Automatic, 2.0L I5, 2.3L I4, 1.0L I3,  Automatic, 2.5L turbo I4
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars N/A
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbasae 104.3 inches 104.3 inches
Overall Length 178.7 inches 180.9 inches
Width 80.5 inches 70.7 inches
Height 57.8 inches 58.1 inches
Turning Diameter 36.0 feet 35.4 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 38.0 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 43.1 inches 43.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 33.2 inches 35.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.6 inches 55.6 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 52.6 inches 54.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 90.0 cu. ft. 96.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 13.2 cu. ft. 12.0 cu. ft.
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