2011 Toyota
Prius Three
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus SE

2012 Ford Focus SE

9.8

Winner

Ford Focus SE

starting from

$18,195

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus SE

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Average number of gears
5
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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Better suspension
Independent
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Average 0-60 time
8.3 seconds
2011 Toyota Prius Three

9.4

Runner-up

Toyota Prius Three

starting from

$25,280

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Three

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
51 mpg
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Is a hybrid
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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 SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • The Focus SE needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 110 ft vs 133 ft
  • The Focus SE 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
Luxury Features 8.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus SE
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota Prius Three Winner: Prius Three
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Prius Three's satellite radio
  • The Prius Three has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota Prius Three Winner: Prius Three
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  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 571 miles vs 446 miles
  • The Prius Three offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Focus SE
  • The Prius Three has 2 more cupholders, 4 vs 2
Performance 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • The Focus SE has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Focus SE's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.0 lb/hp vs 22.7 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Prius Three Winner: Prius Three
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  • Gets around 2x more miles per gallon in the city, 51 mpg vs 26 mpg
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 9.4 vs 9.8

Road Tests

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

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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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 Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus SE

Entertainment System

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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Number of speakers 8 vs 4 The Prius Three has an OK number of speakers, while the Focus SE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Focus SE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Prius Three does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Prius Three's 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

Practicality

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 571 miles vs 446 miles The Prius Three has good highway range and the Focus SE 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 Not Available The Prius Three offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Focus SE
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The Prius Three has an OK number of cupholders while the Focus SE has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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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 5 The Focus SE has an OK number of gears, while the Prius Three has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Prius Three's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 22.7 lb/hp vs 18.0 lb/hp The Focus SE has OK performance while the Prius Three 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 Three turns on a dime, and the Focus SE is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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MSRP $25,280 vs $18,195 The Focus SE has a great price and the Prius Three is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 26 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Prius Three 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

Safety Features

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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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 Drum The Prius Three has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Prius Three
2011 Toyota Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus SE Ford
Focus SE
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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 Five 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Prius Five vs Fusion Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Two 2011 Toyota Yaris Prius Two vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Honda CR-Z Prius Four vs CR-Z
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 S 2011 Toyota Corolla Focus S vs Corolla
2012 Ford Focus SEL 2011 Nissan Versa SL Focus SEL vs Versa SL
2012 Ford Focus SE 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Focus SE vs Accent GLS

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