2018 Chevy Cruze Does Laps Around Ford Focus

The Chevy Cruze and Ford Focus are major rivals in the compact car segment, with Ford and Chevy each vying to produce the best car for value-conscious commuters. In a head-to-head comparison, however, the 2018 Chevy Cruze is revealed as a vastly superior product to the Focus, outperforming it in almost every available measure.

a blue and an orange chevy cruze driving on city road

The new Cruze is an excellent choice for Indiana consumers seeking a reliable commuter vehicle that’s fuel-efficient and convenient. Spencer Chevrolet dealers at Community Chevy are prepared to show you the latest Cruzes and demonstrate their many great features. If you’re still on the fence about whether a Cruze or a Focus is the superior vehicle, consider these key comparisons between the Cruze and the Fusion when shopping for your next vehicle:

  • Standard features – The Cruze has a much more impressive list of standard features than the Focus, including a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. In comparison, the Ford Focus offers a 2-inch display screen and a few other technical features.

All too often, consumers don’t stop to think about interior features when purchasing a vehicle, but the features that come with your vehicle can vastly improve your comfort and your enjoyment of the new vehicle. When purchasing any new vehicle, be sure to take the time to inquire about what features are available.

  • Cabin Quality – No one wants to spend their daily commute to work or school scrunched up in a tiny box. While compact cars are small, designers can make their interiors spacious and comfy. The designers behind the Chevy Cruze did just that, creating a very comfortable cabin that makes the vehicle an enjoyable daily driver.

The Cruze has a much more driver- and passenger-friendly interior than its rivals, including the Focus. The new Cruze has a smooth, modern design that drivers like, and the dashboard setup is very user-friendly. Materials used in the Cruze’s cabin are of superior quality to those used in the Ford Focus.

Seat quality in the new Cruze is excellent. Seats are plush and comfortable, making morning and late afternoon commutes much more bearable. The importance of comfortable, supportive seats becomes very apparent on long drives, so consumers will appreciate the effort Chevy has made to create a comfortable automobile.

Another key advantage that the Cruze has over the Focus is cargo space. The Cruze offers 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space, and its back seat also folds down for more room. The Ford Focus offers just 13.2 cubic feet of space.

interior of a chevy cruze

  • Fuel economy – The Cruze is one of the most fuel-efficient standard gasoline engine vehicles in its class. The 2018 Cruze gets 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The Focus has significantly worse fuel economy than the Cruze, getting 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

The Cruze also comes in an even more fuel-efficient diesel version that gets 31 mpg in the city and 47 in highway driving. Depending on how often you drive and fluctuations in gasoline prices, the new Chevy Cruze can save you under $100 to several hundred dollars each year in fuel costs. That’s money you could be spending on a lot of other things or saving for a rainy day.

orange chevy cruze parked in the woods

  • Reliability – Indiana car buyers will get their money’s worth with the new Cruze. The vehicle has an excellent track record of predicted reliability from J.D. Power and Associates. The Focus, in comparison, has a below average record of predicted reliability.

The average repair bill for an automobile ranges between $500 and $600, according to AAA, and most repair jobs take several days to complete, leaving you without your vehicle for an uncomfortable amount of time. For consumers who don’t want to spend a lot of time and money in the repair shop, the right choice is obvious.

Both the Cruze and the Focus are covered by a three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, but, with the Cruze, you likely won’t need it.

  • Safety – Both the Chevy Cruze and the Ford Focus earn five-star overall ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Cruze does have the advantage of more standard safety features, however. The Cruze comes standard with Chevy’s Teen Driver system, which allows parents to set speed and audio volume limits for their teen drivers.
  • Price – One of the best things about the Cruze is that even though it’s a much better vehicle than the Focus, it’s also much less expensive. The Cruze starts at $16,975, almost $1,000 cheaper than the $17,860 starting price for the Focus. Upper trim levels of the Cruze are also highly competitive with the Focus.

parked chevy cruze with open trunk for outdoor gear

Small cars aren’t as popular as they were during the Great Recession as fuel prices and an improving economy have led many consumers to opt for larger SUVs. Savvy car buyers know that an oil spike or economic downturn could happen at any time and choose their vehicles accordingly, choosing small, fuel-efficient vehicles with good reputations for reliability.

The Ford Focus isn’t the only small car that the Cruze runs circles around. Other competitors in the segment, such as the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Kia Forte, simply cannot match the value and reliability offered by the Chevy Cruze.

Chevy Cruze History

Chevy had a simple mission with the Cruze—to build a compact vehicle that people bought because they liked it, not just because it was cheap. Growing sales since the vehicle’s introduction show that Chevy accomplished this mission.

The Chevy Cruze was pioneered in overseas markets before being introduced to North America in the 2011 model year. The Cruze replaced the Chevy Cobalt and was an enormous improvement over its predecessor, offering a more refined exterior and better-quality interior components.

The Cruze made history for Chevrolet’s parent company, General Motors, in 2014 when it became the first GM model to offer a diesel engine since the 1980s. The 2014 Cruze Diesel provided improved performance and fuel economy, cranking out 151 horsepower and getting a combined 36 mpg in city and highway driving.

The Cruze is currently in its second design generation, which began in the 2016 model year. The U.S. version of the vehicle is produced at a factory in Lordstown, Ohio. The Cruze has proven popular on a global scale, and many factories worldwide make the vehicles for their region. Overseas Cruze factories exist in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

interior seats of a chevy cruze

Chevrolet was founded in 1911 and became a part of General Motors in a reverse merger in 1918. In the mid-20th century, the company became a largely performance brand, producing many Chevrolet cars with powerful engines and innovative designs.

The company has adapted with the times and now produces a full range of trucks, SUVs, and sedans, while also making performance vehicle favorites like the Camaro and the Corvette. Chevrolet has also been a leader in the development of more eco-friendly automobiles, launching the Chevrolet Bolt EV in 2016.

Chevy’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is evident in the design of the Cruze. The compact car segment is pretty crowded, with popular vehicles like the Cruze, the Focus, and the Honda Civic vying for market share. In just about every way possible, however, the Cruze dominates the Ford Focus. Commuters looking for the right small vehicle need look no more.

parked orange chevy cruze bird eye view

Spencer Chevrolet dealership Community Chevy has the latest Chevy Cruzes in stock now. Stop by today to test drive the Cruze and experience the comfort and economy it provides first-hand.


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