2014 Cruze vs Ford Focus
2014 Chevy Cruze
Available from $17, 520 to $24,985, the 2014 Chevy Cruze has three engine options. The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine generates 138 horsepower and offers 25/36 city/highway mpg. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but an automatic version is also available. A 1.4-liter turbocharged engine offers the same 138 horses as the base model, but it makes 23 more pound-feet of torque and delivers 26/38 city/highway mpg. A 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, new for 2014, offers 151 horsepower and an impressive 27/46 city/highway mpg.
The upscale cabin is luxurious, especially for an affordable small car. The Cruze offers plenty of cabin and trunk space, and the dashboard controls are straightforward and easy to use. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, auxiliary input and USB port. Available add-ons include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, navigation, Pandora Internet radio, cruise control, sunroof, upgraded audio system and remote start.
The Cruze’s five-star overall safety rating puts the driver’s mind at ease. Plenty of standard safety features add to this rating, including ten airbags, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, traction control, child safety locks and emergency trunk release. Add-ons include rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist and blind spot monitoring.
2014 Ford Focus
The 2014 Ford Focus is priced at $16,810 to $24,115 and is powered by a four-cylinder 160 horsepower engine offering 26/36 city/highway mpg. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, though a six-speed semi-automatic transmission is also available. When equipped with the optional SFE package, the Focus can achieve 28/40 city/highway mpg. The sportier Ford Focus ST, a hatchback alternative to the Ford Focus sedan, offers a powerful turbocharged engine the produces 252 horsepower and 23/32 city/highway mpg.
Enter the cabin and you’re greeted with comfortable front seats and a spacious cabin. Standard features are typical for the class, including a CD player, four-speaker stereo and auxiliary input. MyFord Touch (with or without navigation) is a desirable add-on, but the complex system takes time to master. Other features available with higher trims include heated front seats, dual climate control, leather upholstery, satellite radio, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth, audio streaming, and a USB port.
The Focus has an excellent five-star safety rating with standard safety features that include electronic stability control, brake assist, traction control and child safety locks. Additional optional safety features include rear parking sensors and a backup camera.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2014 Ford Focus – How They Compare
The 2014 Ford Focus has plenty to offer the affordable small car market, but with a less impressive interior and more confusing tech features compared to the 2014 Chevy Cruze. These differences make the driving experience more enjoyable behind the wheel of a Cruze. Plus, while the Cruze’s base engine could be considered underpowered, the unique and fuel efficient turbo diesel engine is an excellent upgrade that isn’t available with the Focus. If your desire is a vehicle with a roomy, high-quality interior and excellent safety add-ons, the Cruze is right for you.
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