There are a lot of versatile vehicles in the compact car class, but few offer more options than the 2018 Ford Focus and the 2018 Toyota Corolla. Both of these cars have a dizzying array of options, but which one is the right choice for you?

Drivers in Geneva, Canandaigua and Rochester can learn the key differences between these compact cars with our 2018 Ford Focus vs. Toyota Corolla comparison.


Whatever your driving needs, there's a Ford Focus model to suit. The base model comes with a 123 horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder for efficiency and daily driving, but there's also a 146-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four that's a competent, comfortable drive. Performance enthusiasts will prefer the 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-four or 350-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbo-four, however. All Ford Focus models offer a smooth ride quality and sharp handling, but the performance options have exhilarating acceleration and cornering.

The Toyota Corolla comes with several variations on a 1.8-liter inline-four engine. This engine has outputs of 132 horsepower and 137 horsepower, both of which mate to a continuously variable transmission. A six-speed manual is available as well. These engines provide adequate acceleration and the Toyota Corolla has a soft, comfortable ride with smooth cornering.


The Ford Focus comes in several body styles, all with their own unique styling. The hatchback has a simple shape with dramatic curves and creases, rounded out by large headlights. The performance models have a low, wide stance and bigger details, as well as stylistic touches like chrome accents and voluptuous sculpting. The interior uses heavy sculpting and sharp edges as well, but it still keeps the necessary functionality and upscale design.

The Toyota Corolla has different designs for the hatchback and sedan models, but both have a simple shape with minimal adornments. It rides a little higher than other vehicles in this class, but the sloping roofline and long shape keep the look balanced. Inside, the dashboard is tech-focused and the materials are high-quality with upscale touches, like contrast stitching.


The Ford Focus comes with the Sync 3 infotainment system, which is one of the top systems on the market. It uses an intuitive interface with pinch-and-swipe control, just like a smartphone, smart-charging USB ports and plenty of app compatibility. There are few infotainment menus that are this easy to use. Navigation, satellite radio, HD radio and a number of advanced safety features are also available.

An infotainment system with easy-to-use menu options, navigation and smartphone integration comes standard in the Toyota Corolla. Many advanced safety features are included as well, such as LED headlights, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.

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There are many options for these compact cars, so we hope that our 2018 Ford Focus vs. Toyota Corolla comparison helped you come a little bit closer to choosing between them.

Drivers in Geneva, Canandaigua and Rochester can find out what's available for the 2018 Ford Focus by visiting Friendly Ford. Call or stop by today to schedule your test drive!

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