2011 Honda
Fit
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus SE

2012 Ford Focus SE

10.0

Winner

Ford Focus SE

starting from

$18,195

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus SE

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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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More airbags
6
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Better suspension
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
2011 Honda Fit

9.5

Runner-up

Honda Fit

starting from

$15,870
"Its efficient four-cylinder engine means you don't have to buy a hybrid in order to cut down on gas consumption."
edmunds.com | talking about the Fit's performance
"The 2011 Honda Fit adds a welcome dose of driving pleasure to the daily commute."
edmunds.com | talking about the Fit's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Fit

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Plenty of cupholders
10
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Cruise control
Standard
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Comparable turning radius
34.4 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
27 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus SE
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • The Focus SE has 2 more airbags (including Rear Side, Rear Curtain), 6 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • The Focus SE's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.0 lb/hp vs 21.3 lb/hp
  • Around 40% more powerful, 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 117 HP @ 6,600 RPM
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Fit Winner: Fit
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  • The Fit has 8 more cupholders, 10 vs 2
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Luxury Features

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus SE

Safety Features

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The Focus SE has a good number of airbags, but the Fit does not (missing Rear Side, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
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Horsepower 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 117 HP @ 6,600 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.0 lb/hp vs 21.3 lb/hp The Focus SE has OK performance while the Fit gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.0 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 446 miles vs 350 miles The Focus SE has OK highway range, but the Fit is very limited
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Cargo space 23.8 ft3 vs 20.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.6 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3 The Focus SE has average-sized front seats, while the Fit is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 10 The Fit has an absurd number of cupholders, 4 extra in front and 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
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MSRP $18,195 vs $15,870 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 27 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 11.0 seconds The Focus SE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fit is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs 134 ft The Focus SE has extraordinary brakes, but the Fit is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 86 mph vs 17.9 s @ 75 mph The Focus SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Fit 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs 0.77 g The Focus SE has good cornering abilities, but the Fit is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Fit 2011 Toyota Yaris Fit vs Yaris
2011 Honda Fit Sport 2011 Toyota Prius Three Fit Sport vs Prius Three
2011 Honda Fit 2012 Honda Civic DX Fit vs Civic DX
2011 Honda Fit 2011 Kia Soul Fit vs Soul
2011 Honda Fit Sport 2011 Toyota Matrix Fit Sport vs Matrix
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Kia Rio RIO5 SX Focus SE vs Rio RIO5 SX
2012 Ford Focus S 2012 Ford Fusion S Focus S vs Fusion S
2012 Ford Focus SE 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Focus SE vs Accent GLS
2012 Ford Focus S 2011 Toyota Corolla Focus S vs Corolla
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Toyota Prius Three Focus SE vs Prius Three

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