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How does a 2016 Ford Focus compare to its competition in Safety?


 
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Compared To Subaru Impreza 2016



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Subaru Impreza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Focus’ standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Impreza doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Focus’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Impreza doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Impreza doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Focus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Impreza has a metal gas tank.

Both the Focus and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Subaru Impreza:

Focus

Impreza

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

331

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

284/717 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

236

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

40%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

65 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

404/227 lbs.

507/328 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Subaru Impreza:

Focus

Impreza

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

138

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

293 lbs.

415 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

1048 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.




Compared To Honda Civic 2016



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Civic doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.




Compared To Hyundai Elantra Sedan 2016



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Focus

Elantra Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

324 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

243/604 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

295

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

42%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

239 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

104 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Focus

Elantra Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

388

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

339 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

454 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

347

424

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

70 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

396

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

832 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.




Compared To Kia Rio 2016



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Rio doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Rio doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Rio doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Rio doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Focus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Rio has a metal gas tank.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Rio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Kia Rio:

Focus

Rio

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

318

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

410 lbs.

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

75 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

572/327 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

427

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

46%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

99 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

404/227 lbs.

560/81 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Rio:

Focus

Rio

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

133

180

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

19 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

1.41/.54

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Kia Rio:

Focus

Rio

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

307

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

327 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

429 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

85 G’s

Hip Force

626 lbs.

847 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

286

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Rio:

Focus

Rio

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

257

320

Shoulder Movement

34 mm

46 mm

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Shoulder Movement

29 mm

39 mm

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Rio is not a “Top Pick.”

The Ford Focus has a better fatality history. The Focus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 79% lower per vehicle registered than the Rio, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.




Compared To Hyundai Accent 2016



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Accent doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Accent doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Focus also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Accent doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accent doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Focus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Hyundai Accent has a metal gas tank.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accent doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Accent have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Hyundai Accent:

Focus

Accent

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

210

Neck Injury Risk

31.3%

35%

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

486 lbs.

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

88 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

342/174 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

340

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

56%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

300 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

84 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Accent:

Focus

Accent

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

7 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1.14%/.55%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

1.14/.55

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Hyundai Accent:

Focus

Accent

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

322

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

271 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

413 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

347

812

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

91 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

231

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

747 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Accent:

Focus

Accent

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

257

258

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

222

366

Shoulder Movement

29 mm

36 mm

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Accent is not a “Top Pick.”

The Ford Focus has a better fatality history. The Focus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 50% lower per vehicle registered than the Accent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.




Compared To Honda Civic Hybrid 2015



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Civic Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Honda Civic Hybrid:

Focus

Civic Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

40%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Honda Civic Hybrid:

Focus

Civic Hybrid

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

156

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

218 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

395 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

347

394

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

72 G’s

Hip Force

626 lbs.

765 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

HIC

182

247

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

819 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.




Compared To Chevrolet Cruze Limited 2016



For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Cruze Limited doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Focus and the Cruze Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

328

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

340/399 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

267

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

44%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

45 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

7 cm

11 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

.64/.44

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited:

Focus

Cruze Limited

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

162

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.1 inches

Hip Force

293 lbs.

317 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

626 lbs.

723 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

250

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

857 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Cruze Limited is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.




Compared To Scion iM 2016



The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The iM doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The iM doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The iM doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The iM doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the iM have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.