If you're currently eyeing up your next vehicle, and you're considering either a sedan or a hatchback, you're probably stuck between choosing the 2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Chevrolet Cruze. Both vehicles have grown in popularity due to their strong performance, stylish appearances, and their array of fun features. However, when it's time to start seriously considering your next car, which of these vehicles makes the cut?

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're here to help our friends in the Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland areas learn more about each of these vehicles. In our Ford Focus vs. Chevy Cruze comparison, we'll take a look at each vehicle's engine performance and power, the interior space and comfort, and the entertainment and technology features. We hope that this comparison helps you learn enough so making the right decision will be easy.

2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze: Engine Performance & Power

There are some subtle differences between the Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze engine setups. The Ford Focus features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and the Chevy Cruze comes with a 1.4L ECOTEC® 4-cylinder engine. Both vehicles have their engines paired with a manual transmission, which can be swapped for an automatic if that's your preference. However, when it comes to the performance, the differences are very noticeable.

  • The Ford Focus delivers 160 horsepower.
  • The Chevy Cruze is capable of 153 horsepower.
  • The Ford Focus offers four different engines, while the Chevy Cruze only offers two choices with the engine power.

Interior Space & Comfort

The interior of the Ford Focus and the Chevy Cruze are each equipped to hold five passengers each with both the sedan and hatchback body styles. Both vehicles are equipped with cloth seating, too. However, more high-end materials are available with trim upgrades.

  • The Ford Focus and the Chevy Cruze each feature more than 38 inches of front headroom, but the Focus features 38 inches of rear headroom, while the Cruze only features 37.3 inches of headroom in the rear.
  • In terms of front legroom, the Ford Focus offers 43.1 inches, while the Chevy Cruze offers 42 inches.

Entertainment & Technology

Both vehicles come equipped with some pretty fun features. However, there's a major difference in what these vehicles offer. Both the 2018 Ford Focus and the 2018 Chevy Cruze feature an AM/FM radio and USB/auxiliary inputs that play through 4-speaker sound systems.

The Ford Focus technology features the SYNC® infotainment system, which utilizes enhanced voice recognition. Thanks to this feature, it allows the driver to choose their media by using their voice. Each vehicle offers a trial of SiriusXM® with their higher trim levels; however, the Ford Focus trial lasts six months-twice as long as the Chevy Cruze trial.

Learn Even More About the 2018 Ford Focus

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we hope that our 2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze comparison was helpful and informative. You learned that both vehicles offer a lot to their respective drivers, but it's the Ford Focus that offers more in terms of performance, space, and amenities. You can learn even more about this vehicle and its features by climbing in and taking it out for a joyride. Browse our online inventory of Ford Focus models today!

Schedule a test drive at Richmond Ford Lincoln. We're thrilled to lend helpful information and advice to our friends in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland.

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