If you’re in the market for a small sedan, you’ve got some really great options to choose from. The small sedan class is jam-packed with high-quality vehicles that are designed to give drivers the best possible driving experience. However, two of our favorite small sedans in the market right now are the 2017 Toyota Corolla and the 2016 Ford Focus.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla offers drivers a smooth ride, high fuel economy rating and a generous amount of standard equipment, while the 2016 Ford Focus has a long list of available features, a quiet interior and a balanced handling. So what specific features make these two small sedans our favorites in the class?
The 2016 Ford Focus comes in eight trim levels: S Sedan, SE Sedan, SE Hatch, Titanium Sedan, Titanium Hatch, ST, Electric and RS. The S Sedan, SE Sedan, SE Hatch, Titanium Sedan and Titanium Hatch all come standard with a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The ST comes standard with a 2.0-liter high-Output EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, the Electric trim has a 107 kW electric motor, and the top-of-the-line RS trim comes standard with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with auto start stop technology. All trim levels come with standard safety features like dual front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, the Personal Safety System, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Standard technology features for all trim levels include the SYNC voice-activated Communications and Entertainment System, a driver configurable color LCD display cluster and at least one USB port.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla comes in seven trim levels: L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, 50th Anniversary Special Edition and XSE. All trim levels come standard with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine that produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Also available on select trim levels is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine that makes 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. Standard safety features on all trims include the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, the Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, eight airbags, ToyotaCare and many more. And yes, you did read that right. All of those advanced safety features won’t cost you any extra. Standard technology features on all trims include either Entune Audio or Entune Audio Plus, an integrated backup camera with projected path and an instrumentation cluster.
While both the 2017 Toyota Corolla and the 2016 Ford Focus are impressive sedans, we think it’s clear the 2017 Corolla has the competitive edge. With more standard technology features and more advanced standard safety features, the 2017 Toyota Corolla really checks all the boxes.