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Toyota Corolla vs. Ford Focus

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Corolla

$367
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Focus

$555
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$367
inexpensive
expensive
$555
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
very often
0.59
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(30)
4
(85)
3
(45)
2
(13)
1
(3)
The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”
“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”
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. ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Focus and the Toyota Corolla are both compact cars. Each comes with front-wheel drive. The Focus is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Corolla is a four-door sedan only.

The Ford Focus outdoes the Toyota Corolla on both standard and optional power. The Focus has a standard engine with 160 horsepower, while the Corolla makes do with 132 horses. The Focus offers an optional 252-horsepower engine in the ST model, while the Corolla’s optional engine has just 140 horsepower. The Focus wins big here. 

The Ford Focus comes up short in interior space, though, when compared to the Toyota Corolla. The Focus sedan has 90.7 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.2 cubic feet in the trunk. The Corolla has 97.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 13 cubic feet of trunk space. But the Focus also offers a hatchback body style that provides 44.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

One significant advantage the Corolla has here is its standard driver assistance technologies. The Toyota Corolla comes standard with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and automated emergency braking. The Focus offers only a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping alert, and only as an option on the top trim. Advantage Corolla.

If you like plenty of power and the hauling capability of a hatchback, the Focus is a good choice. For the latest driver assistance technologies, the Corolla wins.

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