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Compare the 2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Ford Focus

2018 Honda Civic 2018 Ford Focus Versus

2018 Honda Civic


2018 Ford Focus

28 city / 40 hwy*

Fuel Economy

25 city / 34 hwy
In-Line 4-Cylinder


In-Line 4-Cylinder
42.3 in./ 37.4 in.

Legroom (front/rear)

43.1 in./ 33.2 in.

Serving Chantilly, Washington, D.C., and Ashburn, VA

In the world of compact vehicles, it’s easy to go for the Honda Civic without hesitation. And for the 2018 model year, which finds the Civic in its tenth generation of production, the perennial high-performer shows no signs of slipping. Of course, there are worthy rivals like the Focus, the product of a plan by Ford in 2000 to sell one compact vehicle worldwide. And it has since done very well as an efficient ride. Ultimately, though, as it goes further into its third generation of production, the 2018 Ford Focus does not match the 2018 Civic’s overall quality. Here are three areas to consider:

Body Styles and Trim Combinations

Both the 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Ford Focus are far from your conventional passenger cars. Each nameplate has a vast array of trim configurations to choose from, thus making themselves appealing to a wide range of customers. Both the Civic and Focus are available in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The latter is particularly appealing for those who want a more flexible interior; with the hatchback, you can let the cargo space flow more seamlessly into the cabin when needed. The Civic, however, goes further by offering a third body style: a two-door coupe for performance enthusiasts, which is further enforced by the presence of the high-level Si coupe. There’s also the Type R sedan for those who want high performance with four doors.

Safety Features

The Civic packs a punch when it comes to tech features. It includes a five-inch display screen, a USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a rearview camera to name a few. In contrast, the Focus comes with a smaller 4.2-inch display. But, the key difference is you have to choose the SEL trim to get Ford’s larger touchscreen. Furthermore, Honda Sensing is available on all automatic models. Honda Sensing includes collision mitigation braking, a forward collision warning syste, and adaptive cruise control. Equivalent features are only available in the higher trims at a higher price on the Focus. To add a cherry on top, a lane departure warning and a lane keep assist ability in the Civic leaves no doubt the Civic has more effective safety capabilities than its rival.

Fuel Economy

Upholding its tradition of fuel efficiency, the 2018 Honda Civic can provide up to 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. That is achieved by hooking up a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Granted, the 2018 Ford Focus provides a much smaller, 1.0-liter I3 engine. But it is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, which uses the energy-consuming gear shifting that the CVT avoids. As a result, this powertrain configuration produces a peak fuel economy of 30/40 mpg, which is 2 less mpg in combined fuel efficiency than the Civic.

To learn more about the 2018 Honda Civic and take a test drive, give us a call today at our dealership in Chantilly, Virginia. With great aggregated reviews from customers on and, we are a prominent dealer in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Set up an appointment today and meet with one of our Honda experts, who will guide you on the way to the Civic that meets your preferences and specifications.

*Based on 2018 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.

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Current Inventory

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NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).