Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Ford Focus

Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Ford Focus

Shopping for a compact car doesn't mean you need to lower your expectations, because today's models have sophisticated design, ample features, and peppy engines to suit the needs of any student, professional, or even parent, thanks to top safety ratings.

The problem is, which one to choose? To help you decide between the 2017 Honda Civic and the 2017 Ford Focus, we've done the homework. Here's our one-to-one comparison:

Safety

Honda Civic

It's hard to compete with Honda in terms of safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Civic a Top Safety Pick after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating, as the Civic earned five stars in all evaluations.

Each model of the Civic (including the LX, EX, EX-L, EX-T, and Touring) has available HondaSensing. This suite of safety features gives you the best kind of damage control - prevention - while on the road. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Ford Focus

The Focus did OK in safety tests. The IIHS did not name it a 2017 safety pick, but did give it best possible scores in evaluations for moderate overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength. The NHTSA gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating, but awarded it just four stars in rollover tests.

The Focus has some driver assistance tech, but it's available only on the Titanium model. This upper trim has available active park assist, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, Lane-Keeping System, and Reverse Sensing System (included on the SEL model). The S, SE, SEL, ST, and RS have a rearview camera, and SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

Features

Honda Civic

The 2017 Civic LX has standard multi-angle rearview camera with gridlines, LED daytime running lights, a 160-watt audio system with four speakers, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, 5-inch display screen, and folding rear seats for added cargo space. The EX adds remote engine start, Honda LaneWatch monitor, heated side mirrors, one-touch power moonroof, Smart Entry, push-button start, 8-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Upper trim levels may include dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather accents, and Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic. Premium audio includes a 450-watt, 10-speaker system with subwoofer.  

Ford Focus

The 2017 Focus S model has standard SYNC infotainment with voice recognition, 4.2-inch media display, 911 Assist, AppLink, dual USB ports, AM/FM radio, CD player, and air conditioning. The SYNC 3 infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen and swiping capability is only on the SEL, Titanium, ST, and RS models.

Other optional or upper trim features on the Focus include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Sirius XM Radio, Sony audio system, voice-controlled navigation with pinch-to-zoom, power moonroof, leather accents, and heated exterior mirrors. The Focus does not have available Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated rear seats, or audio with subwoofer.

Pricing

Honda Civic

Starting at $18,740 MSRP

Ford Focus

Starting at $16,775 MSRP