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Ford Focus vs. Honda Civic

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Focus

$555
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Civic

$365
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Focus Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 29th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $555 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Focus may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$555
inexpensive
expensive
$365
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.59
not often
very often
0.27
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(4)
4
(22)
3
(12)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Ford Focus ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.
“I'made the original owner, just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems at all with this car. The manual transmission has been smooth, unlike the problems with the automatic I've read so much ...”
“I'made the original owner, just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems at all with this car. ...”
5
(22)
4
(74)
3
(15)
2
(8)
1
(0)
The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I got my car in March this year and was hesitant because I never drove a Honda before and it was my first time buying a car and a used one at that. The car is from 2011 and I bought it in 2018 but ...”
“I got my car in March this year and was hesitant because I never drove a Honda before and it was ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Focus and the Honda Civic are both compact cars. They both come with front-wheel drive. The Focus is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Civic is available as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe and a five-door hatchback.

Standard engines in the Ford Focus and the Honda Civic are closely matched. The standard Focus engine has 160 horsepower, while the Civic delivers 158 horses. For a power upgrade, the Focus gives you up to 252 horsepower in the ST performance version, and also offers a battery electric drive system. The Civic has a maximum 180 horsepower in the Sport model.

If you are looking for state-of-the-art driver assistance technologies, the Honda Civic has you covered. The Civic offers lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, collision-mitigation braking and road-departure mitigation as an option on every Civic with an automatic transmission, and as standard on top trims. The Focus offers much less: a lane-keeping system, and a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, and only as an option on the top trim level. The Civic clearly wins here.

The Focus has an advantage in offering a battery electric model, as well as a higher-performance version. But if you’re looking for the latest safety technologies on every model, plus the additional option of a two-door coupe, the Civic is a more complete and up-to-date vehicle than the Focus.

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