2016 Honda Civic EX vs 2016 Ford Focus
2016 Honda Civic EX 2016 Ford Focus SE
158 horsepower 2.0L I-4 Engine 160 horsepower 2.0L I-4
31 MPG city, 41 MPG highway EPA Gas Mileage Ratings [1] Up to 27 MPG city, 40 MPG highway
37.4" Rear Seat Legroom 33.2"
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto N/A

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Ford Focus

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Ford Focus SE colors

The Honda Civic and the Ford Focus have similar reputations. Among small, fuel-efficient cars, both the Civic and the Focus generally stand out as more fun to drive than most. That's certainly true of the 2016 models. Both the redesigned Civic and the updated Focus strike a great balance between nimble, responsive handling and a comfortable ride. 

 Both cars offer several different engine and transmission options: the base engines used in the 2016 Civic EX and the 2016 Focus SE are very similar in power. Although they're both very fuel-efficient, the Civic EX's engine, paired with a CVT, gets slightly better gas mileage than the Focus SE's. [1]  The Focus SE does have an additional engine option, a 1.0L EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder. This option increases the Focus's gas mileage, but drops the power output to only 123 horsepower, which slows the car down considerably.    

[1] Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2016 Honda Civic EX Has More Room, More Features

One clear advantage of the 2016 Honda Civic is space. Although it's still a small car, the 2016 Civic has quite a bit more legroom in the backseat than the 2016 Focus, so taller passengers will feel much more comfortable. The 2016 Civic also has several more cubic feet of trunk space than the Focus sedan.  

The Civic EX also has some very useful standard features that the Focus SE lacks. They both have automatic headlights, a power moonroof, and two USB ports. The Civic EX uses push-button start, which isn't available on the Focus SE. Both vehicles include a standard rearview camera, but only the Civic EX has a standard blind spot camera as well. Both cars allow voice-activated hands-free calling, through Ford SYNC in the Focus and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink in the Civic. The Civic also includes Bluetooth streaming audio with Pandora compatibility, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto with its standard audio system. In the Focus, similar features are only available with an upgrade to SYNC 3, which costs extra. Finally, the 2016 Civic EX is available with Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance and features. Getting similar features in a 2016 Ford Focus requires upgrading to the top-of-the-line Titanium model. 

2016 Honda Civic EX vs 2016 Ford Focus features