|2016 Honda Civic EX||2016 Ford Focus SE|
|158 horsepower 2.0L I-4
||Engine||160 horsepower 2.0L I-4|
|31 MPG city, 41 MPG highway
||EPA Gas Mileage Ratings 
||Up to 27 MPG city, 40 MPG highway|
||Rear Seat Legroom||33.2"|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||N/A|
2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Ford Focus
If you're looking for a small car that's genuinely fun to drive, both the 2016 Ford Focus and the 2016 Honda Civic are excellent options. Test drive either one, and the quality of its construction will be obvious from the dynamic and agile way it handles. Both have also gotten high praise from test-drivers for their high-quality, comfortable interiors. These are truly two of the best compact cars on the market. With that said, though, there are some important differences between the new Civic and the new Focus, and buyers should keep them in mind.
The 2016 Ford Focus is available in four-door sedan or 5-door hatchback styles. As of this writing, the 2016 Civic is available as a sedan only, with coupe and hatchback models coming later in 2016. There are also going to be higher-performance hot hatch variants of both cars, which deserve their own separate comparison. For now, we're just going to look at the basic sedans.
The Civic and the Focus have similar base engines; both are fuel-efficient and offer plenty of quick acceleration. The Focus is available with a manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. However, the Civic's engine/CVT combination is more fuel-efficient than either one, getting an impressive 31 city / 41 highway MPG . The 2016 Civic is also available with a more powerful turbocharged engine, which gets 31 city / 42 highway . The Focus is available with a 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that makes it more efficient than the Civic, but only puts out 123 horsepower, making the car feel noticeably sluggish in comparison. Basically, speed and efficiency are more of a trade-off with the 2016 Focus, while the 2016 Civic manages to achieve both at once.
Which Car is Better-Equipped?
Both cars are well-equipped with standard features, including rearview cameras, high-quality audio systems, voice-activated controls and hands-free calling. They've got lots of the same high-end options available as well, like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, and built-in navigation. The 2016 Honda Civic includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, which is missing from the 2016 Ford Focus's list of features. The 2016 Civic also has more active safety features available. The Honda Sensing technology suite is available on any Honda Civic trim level, whereas getting a Focus with advanced safety technology means shelling out for the top-of-the-line Titanium edition.
Sspeaking of safety, the 2016 Honda Civic is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. The 2016 Ford Focus got the IIHS's second-best rating, but because it doesn't have automatic collision braking in an emergency situation, it wasn't eligible for the top spot.
Finally, the last big difference has to do with passenger comfort. As we said before, the overall quality of the seats and interior is impressive in both cars, but the Focus's backseat is quite small, so tall passengers are likely to feel cramped. When the Civic was redesigned for 2016, it gained a larger backseat and trunk than most other compact cars, and it now has about 4 inches of extra legroom compared to the Focus.
Interested in checking out the 2016 Honda Civic more thoroughly? Schedule your test drive at Matt Castrucci Honda today!
 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.