2010 Ford Focus vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Focus
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

To put it bluntly, the 2010 Ford Focus is an aging design, up against some very tough, well-updated competition.

TheCarConnection.com recently pitted South Korea's Kia Forte against the 2010 Ford Focus and the 2010 Honda Civic, and while it was a close competition, they outperformed the Ford in certain aspects.

The Civic also offers more variety than the Focus, with multiple powertrains, including hybrid and natural gas.

The 2010 Focus also has to compete against the Mazda3, a perennial enthusiast favorite for its handling and build quality.

Comparatively, the Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Caliber aren't quite up to par compared to the other members in this pack in overall refinement and style.

However, since there is no hatchback or wagon model for the Focus, the impressive Mazda3, the Toyota Matrix (which is based on the Corolla), and the Honda Fit could all present viable alternatives to the Focus.

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Quick Specs
7.2
If you've got around $15,000 to spend, the 2010 Ford Focus is a great choice, especially if you are prioritizing safety or comfort.
8.0
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.6
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$16,290$13,695$15,350$14,965$13,970$13,895
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactMidsizeCompactMid-sizeMid-SizeCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)4-Door HB SE FWD4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door SedanHatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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