Compare 2014 Ford Focus vs 2013 Hyundai Elantra vs 2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Ford Focus
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2013 Hyundai Elantra
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2014 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,843 $16,810
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $17,358 $18,615
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,824 $19,115
4-Door Sedan Titanium 26 37 $21,975 $23,565
5-Door HB Titanium 26 37 $22,441 $24,065
5-Door HB ST 23 32 $22,486 $24,115
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $16,465 $16,965
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,105 $17,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,360 $17,965
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $20,218 $21,115
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 28 38 $20,218 $21,115
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual S 27 36 $15,590 $15,990
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT S 30 39 $16,416 $16,840
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT FE+ S 30 40 $16,804 $17,240
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SV 30 39 $16,547 $17,540
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT FE+ SV 30 40 $16,922 $17,940
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SR 30 39 $17,675 $18,740
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SL 30 39 $18,521 $19,640
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,843
$16,208
$15,590
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,810
$16,695
$15,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$278 / month
$267 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox. 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. The 2014 Nissan Sentra focuses on comfort, spaciousness and style over driving dynamics in an attempt to push this economy car up-market.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 28 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Midsize cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 95.600 95.9
Second Head Room (in)
38 37.100 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.800 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 43.600 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.500 50.9
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 33.100 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40.000 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.700 50.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.900 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 178.300 182.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 56.500 58.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.500 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.300 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 69.900 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 61.000 60.2
Liftover Height (in)
- NA -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.500 6.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 14.800 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9 10.300 x - TBD - 9
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9 NA 9
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 11.000 x - TBD - 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake Type
- Pwr -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 12.800 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 34.780 34.8
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.900 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 14.200 -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/55R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/55R16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2935 2661 2832
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 16 x 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 16 x 6.5 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - TBD - 470
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 90 110
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.8L/110 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 148 @ 6500 130 @ 6000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 131 @ 4700 128 @ 3600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 32 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 38 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 28 27
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 4.333 3.93
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.257 1.52
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.778 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.583 3.69
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.962 2.10
Trans Order Code
44Z NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.976 1.17
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.633 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.308 3.73
Clutch Size (in)
- - TBD - -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Hyundai Elantra Nissan Sentra
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Torsion Axle Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- 0.866 -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 5.7 6.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD - -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 2.200 -
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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