The Ford Focus found at Kearny Pearson Ford is a recent arrival to the midsize sedan segment compared to the Toyota Camry. Prospective San Diego, CA Ford customers often ask us how these two cars compare. While they're very evenly matched in some ways, there are some other important areas in which the 2017 Ford Focus has a clear edge over its competitor. Here's what you should know when comparing these cars.
2017 Ford Focus
The 2017 Ford Focus gets a tasteful redesign for its midcycle refresh. In addition to the legacy trim levels (S, SE, Titanium, Fusion Hybrid S, SE, and Titanium and Fusion Energi SE and Titanium), there's a new V6 Sport trim that more than lives up to its name, and a Platinum trim available on the gas, Hybrid, and Energi trims that packs in luxury features like leather and real wood trim. That's a total of twelve choices; factor in option packages and color combinations and there are hundreds of possible variations.
Its technology has also been updated, resulting in a new Ford Sync3 infotainment system, as well as a parking assist feature that's not available on the Toyota Camry. Added enhancements to its safety features led to an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus (when equipped with collision avoidance features) and a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
That pales next to the powertrain. The old six-speed automatic transmission has been swapped out for an eight-speed transmission (the Toyota Camry still uses a six-speed), and there are some new engine choices in the mix as well. It's worth noting that the one Toyota engine that outperforms on horsepower only manages a four-horse edge, but is outclassed on torque by a full five pound-feet, meaning that the Ford Fusion gets more of that power to the road. The difference is even more striking if you compare both vehicles' V6 engines; the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 engine delivers 325 horsepower backed by 380 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Toyota 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC engine manages only 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Not only does the Ford model have better horsepower, in other words, it's making better use of the horsepower it's got.
2017 Toyota Camry
The 2017 Toyota Camry comes in seven trim levels, the gas-powered LE, XLE, SE, and XSE, and the Hybrid LE, SE, and XLE. That’s several choices, but fewer than are offered by the Ford Fusion. Gas-powered trims come standard with a 178 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 lb.-ft. of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Select trims can be upgraded to a 268 hp/248 lb.-ft. 3.5-liter V6 engine. A hybrid system that puts out a combined 200 horsepower, coupled to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), is the stock powertrain on Hybrid trims. It has a two cubic foot edge in passenger room, but when you consider what that looks like in terms of overall cabin volume, it hardly registers. Both cars are evenly matched with regard to their safety ratings, but the Toyota Camry lacks the park assist feature available on the Ford Focus. What's more, the Ford model offers parental controls so San Diego, CA Ford dealer customers with younger drivers in the family have added peace of mind; the Toyota Camry does not.
Our review and analysis aside, the verdict that really matters is yours. If you're trying to decide between these two cars, we invite you to the Kearny Pearson Ford showroom at 7303 Clairemont Mesa Blvd in San Diego, CA for a test drive of the Ford Fusion of your choice so you're better equipped to make an informed decision. We hope to see you soon!