2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Ford Focus

For drivers in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area stuck on deciding what your next sedan is going to be, you should perhaps consider the Subaru Impreza or the Ford Focus. Both of these vehicles come highly rated and from reputable companies in the automotive industry, so we're going to examine these vehicles and show you their similarities, and more importantly, their differences.

In this vehicle comparison, we're going to focus on the important aspects of these vehicles like their engines, interior comforts, technology and safety. By the end of this article you'll have a better knowledge as to what these vehicles offer, and which one piques your interest more. Let's start by looking under the hood.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Ford Focus Engine Style

You can't discuss any Subaru vehicle without mentioning its engine. The 2016 Subaru Impreza features a 2-Liter SUBARU BOXER® engine. This unique engine features horizontally opposed valves which add power to the vehicle's symmetrical all-wheel drive system. This engine is flat laying, and because of its lower center of gravity, it limits drag and increases fuel efficiency. This vehicle also features a fully synchronized 5-speed manual transmission.

The 2016 Ford Focus features a 2-Liter Inline 4-Cylinder engine. The Ford Focus, however, only features front wheel drive. In terms of transmission, this vehicle also features a 5-speed manual. In this category, the Subaru Impreza takes the lead because of the symmetrical all-wheel drive and the flat-laying engine.

Interior Comfort and Space

The Subaru Impreza is outfitted with tricot fabric seating, which offers a unique weave that features a smooth and comfortable seating surface. The Ford Focus features cloth seating, but without the unique design and desired comfort.

Both of these vehicles are equipped to carry 5 passengers from A to B; however, comfort is a different topic entirely. The Subaru Impreza offers 39.8 inches of head room and 43.5 inches of leg room for its front passengers.

The Ford Focus, on the other hand, only offers 38.3 inches of head room and 43.1 inches of leg room. Even with rear passenger space, the Subaru Impreza's 35.4 inches of leg room has a clear advantage over the 33.2 inches of rear leg room that's features in the 2016 Ford Focus. Not only does the Subaru Impreza offer more impressive upholstery, but it offers much more room for its passengers to spread out.

Technology & Entertainment Amenities

In terms of infotainment, the Subaru Impreza is equipped with the STARLINK™ 6.2-inch high-resolution color touch screen display. This screen is used to access the many entertainment features like the CD player and the HD Radio®. The HD Radio® allows you to listen to standard AM/FM stations but at a much clearer sound quality. This is especially noticeable with AM stations because this radio limits the annoying buzz that come with stations that don't have a long range for their broadcast.

The 2016 Ford Focus features the SYNC® system. This infotainment system features a color touchscreen display that allows drivers to access the AM/FM radio and the CD player. For external media use, this vehicle features both a USB port and an auxiliary input.

This vehicle, along with the Subaru Impreza, features Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity, which allows you to make and receive calls to family and friends while driving on the open road. This system also allows you to stream music from your phone into the respective audio system. You can play music from your smartphone's library, or utilize music apps like Spotify or Pandora®.

In this category, both vehicles offer great technology and entertainment amenities, so it's tough to make a call. The Subaru Impreza does offer an HD Radio®, which produces a higher sound quality than the traditional AM/FM stereo that's featured in the Ford Focus. In this respect, the Subaru Impreza has an advantage over the Ford Focus.

Safety Features & Ratings

Both the Subaru Impreza and the Ford Focus feature 4-wheel anti-lock braking systems with stability and traction control systems. These systems will sense wheel slip and lane drift and proactively try to get your vehicle back on track by applying pressure to specific brakes while reducing engine speed. As stated earlier, the Subaru Impreza features symmetrical all-wheel drive, whereas the Ford Focus only features front wheel drive.

In terms of collision protection, the Subaru Impreza features advanced front airbags, which will inflate according to the energy of impact, meaning they won't over-inflate in the event of a minor crash. This system actively prevents airbag related injuries. The Subaru Impreza also features seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag.

The Ford Focus also features similar protection as the Subaru Impreza. The seat-mounted side airbags will protect both front and rear passengers in the event of a side impact. The Ford Focus also features dual stage front airbags, side curtain airbags for front and rear passenger protection, and driver's knee airbags.

These vehicles offer similar protection, so in order to draw a fair conclusion, we have to look towards the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test ratings. According to the IIHS, the 2016 Subaru Impreza was voted as a 2016 Top Safety Pick +, mainly because it performed perfectly in all of its tests and because it offers superior front crash protection. The Ford Focus performed well enough; however, it didn't receive such an accolade as the Subaru Impreza.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Ford Focus Comparison Verdict

In this vehicle comparison, we showed drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area the key features of the Subaru Impreza and the Ford Focus. You learned a lot about the similarities and the differences of both vehicles.

You learned that the Subaru Impreza features a more impressive and unique engine; however, the real advantage is with the symmetrical all-wheel drive. You also saw that the Subaru Impreza offers more space and comfort for its passengers. In terms of technology, the advantage that the Subaru Impreza has over the Ford Focus is the HD Radio®, which offers higher sound quality than the Ford Focus's traditional AM/FM stereo.

Lastly, you saw the safety features, and although they seem almost identical, the Subaru Impreza offers better safety, as stated by the IIHS selecting the vehicle as a 2016 Top Safety Pick +. Simply, you learned that the Subaru Impreza offers you and your passengers more than the Ford Focus.


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