Compare 2012 Toyota Matrix vs 2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Matrix
2012 Ford Focus
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5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $18,097 $19,565
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD L 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,808
$15,635
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,845
$16,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$314 / month
$275 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features. With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 53.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.2 90.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 43.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.5 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
43.7 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.6 53.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.5 71.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
171.9 178.5
Height, Overall (in)
61.0 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
49.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8.98 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x - TBD - 10.94 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 12.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 36.0
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2844 2857
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.8 6.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4400 146 @ 4450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
132 @ 6000 160 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 26
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.14
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Matrix Ford Focus
Body Style
5 Door Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 0.93
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 6.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
--
Rollover Rating

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