Ford Focus vs Chevrolet Impala

2016 Ford Focus
2016 Ford Focus
$17,225MSRP
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2015 Chevrolet Impala
2015 Chevrolet Impala
$27,060MSRP
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2016 Ford Focus
$17,225MSRP
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2015 Chevrolet Impala
$27,060MSRP
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MSRP

$17,225

MSRP

$27,060

Average price

$9,147

Average price

$13,031

Listings

4829

Listings

3992
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.0 out of 10

Reviews Summary

For as red-hot and competitive as the economy-car segment is, success in this corner of the market is based on some pretty mundane variables. It comes down to things like fuel economy, price, number and location of cupholders, ride quality, and other items. It basically has to be economical, reliable transportation for the everyday commute. There are other nuances, such as the ease of use of its controls, but success in this segment requires automotive pragmatism at its best.

It's through this lens that we consider the 2016 Ford Focus. This 4-door, 5-passenger small car has been refreshed for this model year, building off the success of the third-generation car, which debuted in 2011. That was the first car under the “One Ford” plan, under which one car is sold on multiple continents in multiple markets with minimal changes.

The result of the plan was a car that was much more refined than the two generations before it and positioned the Focus for the past several years as the best American Small Car. That accolade is as much about the Focus’ refinement as it is about the deficiencies of American-made competitors, including the Dodge Dart and Chevrolet Cruze. A second-generation Cruze has recently been unveiled, but it’s still too early for us to render a verdict on that car. It is import rivals, such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra, that pose the greatest threat to the new-look Focus.

Reviews Summary

Has the world moved beyond the full-size family sedan? The answer might be yes. Considering that a Chevrolet Impala provides just a few inches of extra space here and a few cubic feet of additional trunk room there, but at a cost in terms of purchase price and fuel economy, it's hard to justify a big car’s existence. Yet, the Impala exists, and within its segment, it is absolutely worthy of consideration.
Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 160 hp I4 Flex Fuel Vehicle

Engine

2.5L 196 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

160 hp @ 6500 rpm

Horsepower

196 hp @ 6300 rpm

MPG City

26

MPG City

22

MPG Highway

36

MPG Highway

31
2016 Ford Focus
2016 Ford Focus
$17,225MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2015 Chevrolet Impala
2015 Chevrolet Impala
$27,060MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2016 Ford Focus
$17,225MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2015 Chevrolet Impala
$27,060MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$17,225
$27,060
Average price
$9,147
$13,031
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.2
4.4
Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

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7.0 out of 10

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Summary

For as red-hot and competitive as the economy-car segment is, success in this corner of the market is based on some pretty mundane variables. It comes down to things like fuel economy, price, number and location of cupholders, ride quality, and other items. It basically has to be economical, reliable transportation for the everyday commute. There are other nuances, such as the ease of use of its controls, but success in this segment requires automotive pragmatism at its best.

It's through this lens that we consider the 2016 Ford Focus. This 4-door, 5-passenger small car has been refreshed for this model year, building off the success of the third-generation car, which debuted in 2011. That was the first car under the “One Ford” plan, under which one car is sold on multiple continents in multiple markets with minimal changes.

The result of the plan was a car that was much more refined than the two generations before it and positioned the Focus for the past several years as the best American Small Car. That accolade is as much about the Focus’ refinement as it is about the deficiencies of American-made competitors, including the Dodge Dart and Chevrolet Cruze. A second-generation Cruze has recently been unveiled, but it’s still too early for us to render a verdict on that car. It is import rivals, such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra, that pose the greatest threat to the new-look Focus.

Has the world moved beyond the full-size family sedan? The answer might be yes. Considering that a Chevrolet Impala provides just a few inches of extra space here and a few cubic feet of additional trunk room there, but at a cost in terms of purchase price and fuel economy, it's hard to justify a big car’s existence. Yet, the Impala exists, and within its segment, it is absolutely worthy of consideration.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 160 hp I4 Flex Fuel Vehicle
2.5L 196 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
160 hp @ 6500 rpm
196 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG City
26
22
MPG Highway
36
31
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