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Ford Focus vs. Hyundai Elantra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Focus

$555
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Hyundai Elantra

$442
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.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$555
inexpensive
expensive
$442
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.59
not often
very often
0.22
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
10%
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
(12)
4
(36)
3
(21)
2
(5)
1
(2)
The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“We have had multiple Elantras and they really are such a great reliable vehicle. The only issues we have had were self induced. Like me running up on a curb and blowing out the tire. We got the ...”
“We have had multiple Elantras and they really are such a great reliable vehicle. The only issues...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Focus and the Hyundai Elantra are both compact cars. They each come with front-wheel drive. The Focus comes in two body styles, a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Elantra is available as a four-door sedan only.

Comparing their standard engines, the Ford Focus has slightly more power than the Hyundai Elantra: 160 horsepower vs. 147. The Focus has a larger advantage in optional power ratings, with a 252-horsepower engine in the Focus ST, compared to 201 horsepower in the Elantra Sport model.

The Focus has less interior and trunk space than the Elantra, though. Comparing sedan to sedan, Focus has 90.7 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. The Elantra bests it with 95.8 cubic feet of passenger space and 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space. But for the most cargo space, the Focus five-door hatchback opens up to give you 44.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

The Ford Focus and the Hyundai Elantra vary when it comes to availability of driver assistance technologies. The Focus offers a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping alert, but only as a top-trim option. The Elantra has standard blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist on all models except the base one.

The Ford Focus excels in this comparison on power and hatchback carrying capacity, but the Elantra wins on passenger and trunk space, as well as standard safety equipment.

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