As we live in the technological age, most brands in the automobile industry come heavily packed with all kinds of techy safety features. So, It can be said that the new 2015 Corolla is a bit of a disappointment. It fails to provide many high-tech safety equipments that we’re used to having in our modern cars. The list of “missing” gadgets includes a backup camera (which is a standard these days), a lane-departure warning system, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors – and all of that is available with the 2015 Ford Focus. It also provides this new MyKey technology, which is presented by the company as a new approach to improving the driver’s safety. Both cars offer standard side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. To keep it clear: Corolla is not a disaster in terms of techy features, or anything – just a little bit behind the competition on the market between Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015, and definitely not as progressive as the new Focus.
Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015 – NHTSA and IIHS
In the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) tests both brands got the same ideal five-star total score. Corolla still overpowered the Focus, though, as it earned a five-star frontal crash-test score, as opposed to the rival’s 4 stars. As for the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – a nonprofit organization), both cars earned the same rating as well (the Top Safety Pick). They didn’t get the Top Safety Pick+ rating because of the lack of forward-collision warning/prevention systems.
So, even though the Corolla and the Focus have pretty similar test results, I’m still gonna name Ford champion for this round of the Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015 competition because of the useful bunch of additional equipment and all the latest techy features – both standard and optional.
Comparing The Technology
Despite the fact, that Corolla can’t really compete with the Focus on the same level in terms of safety equipment, both vehicles offer pretty much the same pack of high-tech equipment. These include features like an amazing infotainment system, a navigation system, keyless entry/ignition, automatic climate control, Bluetooth/USB connections, etc. It needs to be said, that the new Focus can be equipped with an automated parallel parking system. But it’s not cheap, and is available only if you get the top-end trim level – Titanium, so, that’s not a big enough argument to beat Corolla. Thus, we’ve got a draw.
Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015 – Reliability
According to the most respected source in the web, J.D.Power, the 2015 Corolla beats the Focus in terms of reliability. Toyota’s brand got a four-circle score in the Power Circle Ratings. That’s a better-than-average rating. And the new Ford Focus only managed to earn a three-circle score, which equals an average rating. As for warranty, the cars offer the same deal. That’s three years or 36K miles of front-to-back coverage, and five years or 60K miles of powertrain protection. Nevertheless, Corolla’s supremacy is obvious, as it got better results in the J.D.Power testing, so, I’m happy to announce Toyota the winner of this round of the Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015 fight.
Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015 – A Difficult Choice
So, we finally got to the most interesting part – price comparison. And, as a matter of fact, there’s nothing to compare! No, for real, the two cars are, again, almost identical – in price, this time. Indeed, the 2015 editions of both Corolla and Focus are off by around 300 dollars in base price, as well as all the other trim levels. Basic-level equipment is similar as well. So, neither one of the two has an advantage here.
The downside of the new Corolla is the surprising lack of choice. If you decide to go with the Focus, then you’ll have a choice between a 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan. Both are electric and gasoline-powered. You’ll even get to pick from 3 different gasoline engines, including a mighty 2.3-lit EcoBoost motor that comes with sporty ST edition. That’s a pretty big win for the Focus, as it manages to satisfy a wide range of tastes and preferences. So, this round of the Toyota Corolla 2015 vs Ford Focus 2015 competition obviously goes out to Ford.
Gotta hand it to Toyota, though: with over 10 years of exceptional work on the market, they’ve earned a huge fan-base and lots of respect in the community. So, if reliability, legacy and lineage are not just simple words for you, then you should go with the 2015 Corolla. On the other hand, if you happen to be a pragmatic driver, then the wide range of offers from Ford will definitely grab your attention, not to mention the plentitude of safety equipment.
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