2011 Toyota
Prius Four
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus Titanium

2012 Ford Focus Titanium

9.8

starting from

$23,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus Titanium

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Average number of gears
6
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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Better suspension
Independent
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 Toyota Prius Four

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Prius Four

starting from

$28,080

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Four

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
51 mpg
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Tighter turning radius
17.1 ft
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Fantastic range in the city
607 miles
Road Tests 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 110 ft vs 133 ft
  • The Focus Titanium hits 60mph more than 20% faster, 8.3 seconds vs 10.6 seconds
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.3 s @ 86 mph vs 18.0 s @ 79 mph
Entertainment System 8.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Focus Titanium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Focus Titanium has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 8
Performance 8.4 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Winner: Focus Titanium
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  • The Focus Titanium has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Focus Titanium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Prius Four
  • The Focus Titanium's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Prius Four
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Gets more than 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 51 mpg vs 28 mpg
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 571 miles vs 471 miles
  • The Prius Four has 2 more cupholders, 4 vs 2
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Road Tests

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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0-60 mph 10.6 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Focus Titanium's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Prius Four is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 110 ft The Focus Titanium has extraordinary brakes, but the Prius Four is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 79 mph vs 16.3 s @ 86 mph The Focus Titanium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Prius Four's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.88 g The Focus Titanium has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Prius Four
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Top speed 112 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Entertainment System

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The Focus Titanium has more speakers and the Prius Four is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Focus Titanium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Prius Four does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes The Focus Titanium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Horsepower 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Focus Titanium has an OK number of gears, while the Prius Four has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Focus Titanium's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The Focus Titanium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Prius Four
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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 22.7 lb/hp vs 18.1 lb/hp The Focus Titanium has OK performance while the Prius Four 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 17.1 ft vs 36.0 ft The Prius Four turns on a dime, and the Focus Titanium is comparable to most other vehicles

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Prius Four

Cost

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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MSRP $28,080 vs $23,495 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 28 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Prius Four in particular gets exceptional mileage
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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

Practicality

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 571 miles vs 471 miles The Prius Four has good highway range and the Focus Titanium is reasonable
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Cargo space 21.6 ft3 vs 23.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs 51.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The Prius Four has an OK number of cupholders while the Focus Titanium has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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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 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs MyFord

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Focus Titanium Ford
Focus Titanium
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Prius Three 2011 Honda Fit Sport Prius Three vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prius Four vs Camry Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Corolla Prius Four vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2012 Ford Fusion SE Prius Four vs Fusion SE
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Prius Four vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Honda Fit Focus SE vs Fit
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2012 Ford Fusion SE Focus Titanium vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Kia Rio LX Focus Titanium vs Rio LX
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2011 Nissan Versa SL Focus Titanium vs Versa SL
2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Focus Titanium vs Accent GLS

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