Whether you're in the market for a sedan or hatchback, you have a wide array of choices. But when it comes to these optional body styles, the Subaru Impreza and the Ford Focus often come to mind. While both of these vehicles offer numerous exceptional features, which one would you prefer to take out on the road past the Freehold, Englishtown, or Manalapan area? 

If you're not sure, we'll help you out by giving you a closer look at both of these sedans. We'll take a look at performance and handling, entertainment and technology, and even safety ratings. By learning about what these vehicles offer and how they differ, you'll be able to determine which one is the right choice for you.

Subaru Impreza vs Ford Focus: Performance & Handling

The Subaru Impreza and the Ford Focus are both equipped with respective 2.0L four-cylinder engines. Each vehicle can easily surpass 150 horsepower with their abilities. However, when it comes to handling, the Subaru Impreza takes the lead with the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This system allows the driver to execute precise evasive maneuvers while providing superior control. The Ford Focus features front wheel drive, which provides enough control, but it's not as secure as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

Entertainment & Technology

Entertainment is a crucial component to your sedan or hatchback. Due to the amount of time you'll be spending in your vehicle, you'll want to make sure that you have a pleasant time during your road trips.

The Subaru Impreza and the Ford Focus are both outfitted with four-speaker sound systems that deliver audio from the respective AM/FM radios and the auxiliary/USB inputs for external devices. The Subaru Impreza features the STARLINK™ 6.5-inch touchscreen and the Ford Focus features the 4.3-inch SYNC® screen. Additionally, the Subaru Impreza comes with features like Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, Pandora™, and Aha™, all of which allow for smartphone integration and audio streaming.

Safety Ratings

While it can be informative to look at a vehicle's safety features, one of the best ways to see if it offers the kind of protection that you need is by checking out its safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are both authorities on judging the effectiveness of a vehicle's safety. Through a variety of rigorous crash tests, each organization rates the vehicles based on their performance. 

According to the NHTSA, both vehicles earned the 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. However, the Ford Focus only earned four stars in the front passenger side and rollover tests. The Subaru Impreza performed well enough with the IIHS crash tests to earn a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Ford Focus earned good ratings in some of its categories, but it didn't earn the coveted accolade.

Learn More About the 2017 Subaru Impreza

At Freehold Subaru, we hope that this vehicle comparison enlightened you to the many advantages that the Subaru Impreza has over the Ford Focus. However, you can always learn even more about the Subaru Impreza; all you have to do is get behind the wheel and take it for a spin.

Schedule your test drive with us at Subaru Dealer in Freehold, NJ. We're always happy to help drivers from the Freehold, Englishtown, and Manalapan area learn more about the vehicles on our lot.

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