Honda Civic vs. Ford Focus

2016 Honda Civic Sedan exterior

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Ford Focus dark exterior

2016 Ford Focus

The 2016 Honda Civic has just benefited from a comprehensive refresh, letting it draw even further away from the substandard 2016 Ford Focus in the minds of Boulder and Denver drivers. With more power, better mileage, and impressive safety scores, there’s no reason not to choose the Civic over the Focus.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Honda Civic is available in five well-balanced trim levels, so Boulder and Denver drivers will have no trouble picking out the right model to fit their needs.

  • LX: Starting at $18,640,* the LX comes with an incredibly generous range of premium features as standard, including a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, LED daytime running lights, an electronic parking brake, and a 5-inch color LCD screen.
  • EX: Starting at $21,040,* the EX upgrades to a 7-Inch Display Audio touchscreen, one-touch power moonroof, and remote entry start system with Smart Entry.
  • EX-T: Starting at $22,200,* the EX-T is centrally defined by the smooth and awesome power of its 1.5L turbocharged engine, but it also adds the comfort of heated front seats and a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
  • EX-L: Starting at $23,700,* the EX-L features leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic-dimming rearview mirror, and an 8-way power driver’s seat.
  • Touring: Starting at $26,500,* the Touring trim delivers front-line automotive technologies, including the driver-assistance features of the Honda Sensing suite, a 450-watt premium audio system, and heated outboard rear seats.

The 2016 Ford Focus comes in just three levels, and can’t match the Civic in terms of standard features.

  • S: Starting at $17,225, the S model offers 4.2-inch display, basic rearview camera, air conditioning, and a four-speaker sound system.
  • SE: Starting at 18,515, the SE moves up to 16-inch wheels, cruise control, and a six-speaker audio system.
  • Titanium: Starting at $23,225, the Titanium provides heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and a hill-start assist feature.

Powertrains and MPG

The 2016 Honda Civic is available with one of two engines, so Boulder and Denver drivers will be able to choose between:

  • 2.0L Four-Cylinder: The standard engine is rated at 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque, providing the performance you need to tackle both highway and city street. It makes up to 27 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway** with a six-speed manual or 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway** with a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
  • 1.5L Turbocharged Four-Cylinder: Makes an even more impressive 174 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. A CVT comes standard to ensure a phenomenal 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.**

The 2016 Ford Focus can’t compete with that level of efficiency. Its standard 2.0L engine makes up to just 27 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, while even the available 1.0L engine, offering just 123 hp in the name of efficiency, tops out at 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway — a little less than the Civic’s 174-hp available engine.

2016 Honda Civic


Boulder and Denver drivers might not expect much from the interior of a compact sedan; luckily, the 2016 Honda Civic is a standout. Its dimensions are actually more reminiscent of a mid-sized rather than a compact sedan, with a trunk that offers an impressive 15.1 cubic feet of space. The Focus offers just 13.2.

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2016 Honda Civic naturally boasts superior technology compared to the 2016 Ford Focus, but the extent of its lead is surprising to even the team here at Fisher Honda. After all, the Focus even leaves cruise control out as a standard feature.

It also neglects to include some of the cutting-edge comfort and convenience features that are available with the Civic, including:

  • 450-Watt Premium Audio System: Uses 10 speakers and a powerful subwoofer to provide an exciting soundtrack during each and every drive.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: The Focus also fits a rearview camera as standard, but not the multi-angle option that makes reversing in the Civic such a breeze.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay®: Want to sync your smartphone up to the Civic in a hurry? No problem, just use either Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay®.
2016 Honda Civic interior features

Safety Features

The 2016 Honda Civic is a genuine front-runner when it comes to safety. While the 2016 Ford Focus has some solid safety features, too, it also misses some of the Civic’s available driver-assistance features, such as Forward-Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The 2016 Honda Civic Outperforms the 2016 Ford Focus

The Honda Civic is an indomitable compact sedan, so make sure you bypass the Ford Focus and come down to Fisher Honda in Boulder, CO for a test-drive. Alternatively, feel free to contact one of our team members for some more information.

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $835.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

** 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.