2013 Ford Focus vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Focus
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

In recent years, it seems that the small-car baton has been passed in some respects.

For instance, the Hyundai Elantra occupies some of the sensible, high-value territory that the Toyota Corolla used to occupy, while Chevrolet and Dodge now have real, top-notch rivals--the Cruze and Dart--to take on the Focus.

A decade ago, the benchmark in this segment was the Toyota Corolla, but today’s Corolla is outclassed.

The Chevrolet Cruze—from Ford’s crosstown rivals at Chevy—is to some the top rival to the Focus.

Compared to the Focus, the Cruze feels a little roomier yet with a rather soft ride and bland styling inside and out, it’s not nearly as exciting.

For those who want a sporty driving feel, the Mazda3 is still one of the best bets; trouble is, the 3 just has too much harshness and road noise inside.

The Hyundai Elantra is the new leader in this segment, with a stylish interior and exterior, good ride comfort, and an excellent 40-mpg highway rating for all versions.

Honda’s Civic has also been refreshed this year, with an upgraded interior and a somewhat new look, both of which fix some of the egregious lapses in the 2012 model.

The Dodge Dart is all new this year; it's only offered as a sedan, but like the Focus it does offer considerably more excitement, more refinement, and a much more stylish package than previous small-car efforts.

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8.8
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
7.8
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
8.2
Remember the Neon? The 2013 Dodge Dart brings some of the same passion back to Chrysler's compact-car lineup.
8.0
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
8.4
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
8.2
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
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Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
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EPA Class     
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Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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