The compact-car segment has seen big change this year, as new versions of the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra have emerged.
The Ford Focus, along with the Mazda 3, are the models that best combine sporty driving attributes with more sophisticated, upscale interiors.
The Chevrolet Cruze has grown more Volt-like, in its pointed shape and futuristic interior, but ride quality has taken a step back while handling has not.
The Honda Civic now has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine option, as well as a far more refined interior and some sportier driving attributes.
The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte continue to offer upscale interiors, impressive feature sets for the money, and decent comfort.
Finally, the VW Golf matches the Focus most closely in its offerings, everything from electric versions to performance Golf R models.
Styling is a letdown, but the Golf's ride and handling are the benchmark in this class.
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|19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars|
|S Sedan||4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SM||LX Manual||SE 2.0L Manual (Ulsan)||1.8T S Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Chevrolet Cruze||2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Honda Civic||2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra||2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf|