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 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Focus and the Cruze have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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 cross-path warning.
The Focus’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (160 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Manual (30 city/42 hwy vs. 29 city/41 hwy).
The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cruze doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cruze (235/40R18 vs. 225/45R17).
For superior ride and handling, the Ford Focus has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Cruze has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Focus has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cruze doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Focus Sedan is 5 inches shorter than the Cruze, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cruze doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Focus has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Cruze.
The Focus Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Cruze (13.2 vs. 10 cubic feet).
The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Cruze Premier’s optional rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Cruze doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
The Focus (except S)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Cruze doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
The Focus Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Cruze doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.
The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Cruze has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 16 years. The Cruze has never been an “All Star.”