Comparison: 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Ford Focus

Comparison: 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Ford Focus

Richmond drivers seeking the best compact car for families and college students alike have better options today than ever. This means that Virginians can get a great value on a reliable car, but it also means that you may have to do more shopping around to find the right model for you.

Luckily, we’ve compiled a one-to-one comparison of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2017 Ford Focus, two compact cars that are great buys. However, one bests the competition when looking at interior space and power. See below to find out which offers the most bang for your buck:

Interior and Cargo

Hyundai Elantra

Compact cars aren't exactly known for their passenger space, but that doesn't mean you need to settle for cramped knees and a head-skimming roof. The 2017 Elantra seats five people and has 95.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. Up front, there are 42.2 inches of legroom, 38.8 inches of head room, and 56.2 inches of shoulder space. In the rear, there are 35.7 inches of legroom, 37.3 inches of head room, and 55.3 inches of shoulder room. The Elantra also features 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space, with added configurability thanks to 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

Ford Focus

While the 2017 Focus also seats five passengers, they may not be as comfortable as they'd be in the Elantra. Total passenger volume is 90.7 cubic feet – 5 cubes less than the Hyundai competitor. It also lags the Elantra slightly in front leg room, head room, and shoulder space. The Focus has about 2 inches less shoulder and leg room in the rear as well. Ford built its compact with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, but the model has one cubic foot less of trunk space than the Elantra.

Engine and Fuel Economy

Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra comes with three engine options. The base powertrain (on SE and Limited models) is a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, making 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The Elantra Eco model is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, making 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Elantra Sport has a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, churning out 201 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque.

According to EPA estimates, the SE and Limited models get 29 MPG city and 38 MPG highway, while the Eco scores an impressive 32 MPG city and 40 MPG highway and the Sport gets up to 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Ford Focus

The 2017 Focus has four options for gasoline engines. The base is a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 that makes 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a 2.0- and 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engines making a respective 252 and 350 horsepower. All engines have either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with upper trims offering SelectShift automatic transmission.

The base model, with manual transmission, gets 30 MPG city and 40 MPG highway, while the automatic sacrifices some fuel economy. The 2.0-liter inline-4 with automatic transmission gets 25 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged model gets 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. The most powerful engine gets just 19 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

Pricing

Hyundai Elantra

Starting at $17,150 MSRP

Ford Focus

Starting at $16,775 MSRP

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