2018 Ford Focus vs Honda Fit
2018 Ford Focus vs Honda Fit
We make our choice of car with our heads and our hearts. Most of us want more than mere practicality from a compact sedan or hatch. Let’s see which offers that something extra by comparing the 2018 Ford Focus with the Honda Fit.
The current Honda Fit is a funky little car that’s all angular and modern and can be dressed up well with the right color, trim level and wheels. Even then though, it’s not a car too many onlookers are going see and say “wow” as it passes.
To be fair, a run-of-the-mill trim of the Focus isn’t too exciting either. It’s a mostly sensible car that hides a few tricks up its sleeve that the Honda has no answer for. Even if we put to one side the craziness of the limited availability Focus RS performance variant, Ford also has ST versions of the Focus that are a great combination of style, performance, fun and excitement. Because the ST models exist, the Honda cannot match the desirability of the Focus.
Despite having been around for a while now in its current form, the Focus is still an attractive car even in its most basic forms. It’s sharp and modern-looking and in the right trim it can be sporty, stylish and quite exciting. But the interior is an area where the age of the car is beginning to show. It’s not bad, but it is starting to lag behind some major rivals.
The Fit has a sort of baby minivan look going on from the side, but this is still a much more attractive car than its predecessors. With black alloys and the right color it can look quite mean, but it’s still nowhere near as attractive as the Focus.
Vehicles of this type have to offer good fuel economy, and neither of these two disappoint in any way. In its most frugal form the Focus can deliver gas mileage as good as 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined. But with best ratings of 33 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg combined, the Honda takes the honors here.
This version of the Honda Fit is still zippy around the town and in the city, but get out on the open road and it’s not as entertaining to drive as earlier models. The direct-injected 1.5-liter, 130 horsepower inline-four comes mated as standard to a six-speed manual, but most will opt for the available CVT instead.
With the Focus it’s a case of how much performance you want. The standard four-cylinder powerplant in the Ford is much more lively than the Honda’s standard engine, and then there’s also the world-beating 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost and the fabulous 240 horsepower 2.0-liter in the ST models. Add into the mix a touch of 350 horsepower from the Focus RS and the Honda is nowhere to be seen in this particular race.
There are other areas where the Honda beats the Ford, such as interior passenger volume and rear legroom. The Fit is a marvel of making the most of available interior space, and on a purely practical level is probably a better car than the Focus. But if you have more on your car-buying agenda than practicality, it’s hard to make a case for choosing the Fit over the 2018 Ford Focus.