2016 Sedan Comparison: Nissan Altima and Ford Focus

May 19th, 2016 by

The midsize sedan class is the most saturated car class and as technologies improve and become more affordable, the average features and quality continue to increase.

Two of the most popular midsize sedans is the Nissan Altima and the Ford Focus. Though both cars are in the same class, there are several standard features that sets both cars apart. Below is a quick comparison between a 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 and Ford Focus S, the most basic trim on both models.

Engine Specs

The 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 182-horsepower engine paired to an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2016 Ford Focus S is equipped with a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 160 horsepower.  The Focus S comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission and drivers have the option of upgrading to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

With carefully engineered engines, both vehicles are very fuel efficient, but the Altima has a slightly better fuel economy. The Altima has an average fuel economy of 27 MPG city and 39 MPG highway and the Focus averages 26 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

Interior and Exterior

Both the Altima 2.5 and the Focus S are 4-door, 5-passenger vehicles and they both offer many of the same standard features like USB ports, an auxiliary jack and steering wheel controls. While both vehicles are fitted with modern convenience features, the specific features do differ.  

The Altima 2.5 features a 4.3-inch LCD screen located in the car’s in the instrument cluster and it shows call interactions, service warnings and more.The Altima has a push-button ignition and Bluetooth functionality. The Altima also has a variety of safety features that helped make it a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Ford Focus has a rearview camera that displays on the car’s 4.3-inch touchscreen dashboard display. The Focus is equipped with SYNC, Ford’s entertainment system that includes a voice-activated communications and entertainment system, so drivers can easily control media options while keeping their hands on the road.

Price and Warranty

The 2016 Nissan Altima is priced about $5,000 more than the 2016 Ford Focus. The Nissan Altima starts at $22,500 and the Ford Focus S is priced at $17,225. Both Nissan and Ford offer the same standard 3-year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty and 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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