Compare Subaru Impreza vs. Ford Focus

Compare the 2019 Subaru Impreza to the 2018 Ford Focus in Grand Rapids

In a crowded segment of the sedan market, the options can seem endless and overwhelming. Choosing a compact car for life here in Belmont doesn't have to be a struggle, especially when you shop with us at Fox Toyota of Cadillac. We've taken the versatile and capable 2019 Subaru Impreza and compared it head to head against the 2019 Ford Focus so you can see why the Impreza is the choice for you.

What's New for 2019?

Neither the Impreza nor the Focus gained any major updates for the 2019 model year. This is partly due to the fact that Subaru completely redesigned the Impreza for 2017, bringing modern features and amenities. The Ford Focus is planned to be discontinued in 2019, so Ford hasn't invested much into keeping this sedan up with the times.

Performance Comparison

Powering your Subaru Impreza is a 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER® flat-four engine that makes 152-horsepower. This engine comes paired to a five-speed manual transmission though a smooth Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available if you prefer. The Ford Focus offers several options when it comes to engines including a three-cylinder, performance-oriented turbo-four, and several options in between. The highest-powered Ford Focus RS comes with a 350-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. Like the Impreza, a five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Focus, with a six-speed automatic transmission available to add depending on your trim.

What you'll love about having the Subaru Impreza is that it comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive. While the Focus might offer numerous sporty features and performance oriented options, you have to pay extra to get the available all-wheel drive system on a new Focus. The Subaru Impreza earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Compare that to the most efficient Focus engine earning 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, and that's with a lackluster three-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. The Subaru Impreza earns those impressive numbers even with all-wheel drive.

Interior Features

The Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback, both with seating for up to five. Similarly, the Ford Focus is available as either a hatchback or a sedan. When it comes to cargo carrying, the Subaru Impreza offers a maximum of 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the hatchback set up, while the sedan's trunk offers 12.3 cubic feet. The Ford Focus offers a maximum of 44.8 cubic feet of space and a 13 cubic foot trunk.

Technology & Safety

When you compare standard features, the Subaru Impreza is the easy choice for more infotainment technology and features. Though the available SYNC 3® infotainment system on the Ford Focus provides comparable features and amenities, you have to climb trims or spend extra just to get it. Standard on every new Subaru Impreza is the STARLINK™ infotainment system on a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and more. The standard SYNC infotainment system on the Ford Focus only brings you a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice recognition. You can upgrade your STARLINK™ system to include an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and more.

Test Drive the Subaru Impreza

When it comes to safety, you don't want to have to miss out on the new technology and features that come standard with a new sedan here in Belmont. The Subaru Impreza brings you a rearview camera standard, though the list of available safety features is lengthy. Available features include the EyeSight® safety system that gives you forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. In addition to that you can add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and reverse automatic braking. Available features for the Ford Focus include park assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning.

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