2018 Ford Focus

Starting Price: $18,825 | Price yours

Above Average: Fuel economy, sporty styling and performance

Below Average: Interior room, price

Consensus: Very practical choice in the segment


2018 Ford Fiesta

Starting Price: $15,080 | Price yours

Above Average: Customizability, infotainment system

Below Average: Aging design, safety features

Consensus: Adequate but could use improvement


The Ford Focus offers four different trim levels as well as several powertrains. As a sedan or hatchback, the latter also available with a full electric option, the Focus is fuel efficient and sports great performance. The Focus is smaller than many of its competitors, and is also among the pricier choices in the segment. The Ford Fiesta is offered as a stylish sedan or versatile hatch. It is fuel efficient and an affordable option in its segment with some nice new tech-savvy features. Performance in the ST trim boasts suspension and horsepower unrivaled by competitors.

Ford Focus Advantages

The MyFord Mobile App can monitor the charge of your Electric Focus and get you directions to the nearest charging station; larger than the Fiesta, which means more interior room and more storage space

Ford Fiesta Advantages

MyKey designed to help drive more responsibly by setting requirements or restrictions on certain features, standard Hill Start Assist, easier to park on crowded city streets


Multiple trim levels and powertrain options to choose from, plenty of interior technology and styling, great fuel economy

Final Recommendation

The Fiesta lacks newer features and is overshadowed by not just its own segment but popular compact SUVs. It is less expensive, smaller and only marginally more fuel efficient than its sibling. The Ford Focus is a consistently strong seller in its class that offers a hatchback version like the Fiesta. It may be worth paying a bit more for a nicer ride.

  2018 Ford Focus 2018 Ford Fiesta
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 1.6-liter I4
Horsepower 160 hp @ 6,500 rpm 120 hp @ 6,350 rpm
Torque 146 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 112 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission Manual, 5-speed Manual, 5-speed
Fuel Economy 30 mpg (26 city/36 hwy) 31 mpg (27 city/35 hwy)
Also Available Automatic, 1.0-liter I3, 2.0L turbo I4 Automatic, 1.6L 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 passengers 5 passengers
Wheelbase 104.3 inches 98.0 inches
Overall Length 178.7 inches 173.5 inches
Width 80.5 inches 58.1 inches
Height 57.8 inches 58.1 inches
Turning Diameter 36.0 feet 34.3 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 39.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 43.1 inches 43.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 33.2 inches 31.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.6 inches 52.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.6 inches 49.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 90.0 cu. ft. 85.1 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 13.2 cu. ft. 12.8 cu. ft.
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