Focus vs Toyota Corolla

Compare Ford Focus to Toyota Corolla

The Ford Focus SEL Sedan vs. The Toyota Corolla SE

There are a multitude of sedan options available to Columbus car shoppers, but all those choices can make it harder to find the model that is ideally suited to your driving and lifestyle, but that's where we come in. We strongly believe that a wide range of our customers will find that the Ford Focus SEL sedan is one of the best options available to them, and we went ahead and compared it to the Toyota Corolla SE to prove that. The SEL trim of the Ford Focus sedan has an affordable starting price, which is lower than the Toyota Corolla SE with a manual transmission, but still provides innovative features and exciting performance. Read on to see how they compare.

What areas should Pickerington car shoppers consider when comparing these models?


From traction control systems to advanced driver-assist features, there's a lot that goes into keeping passengers safe every time they get into their car, and, while both models in this comparison prioritize passenger safety, it's an area that the Ford Focus SEL comes out ahead. From the exterior mirrors, which feature a special integrated mirror for your blind spot and turn signal indicators, to smart sensors, like the reverse sensing system, the Ford Focus is designed to keep you and other drivers aware while the Toyota Corolla SE doesn’t offer such features.

Additionally, while driver-assist features may prevent an accident from ever happening, it isn’t a guarantee, so having an exceptionally engineered chassis that maintains its structural integrity after a collision is just as important as features like lane keep assist, and the Ford Focus SEL delivers a solid build. It comes with a Personal Safety System™ that monitors passengers and the severity of an accident so that it always inflates airbags to the right level, which is why it earned a five-star front crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Toyota Corolla did not.


Staying connected and entertained is an easy way to make sure longer road trips don't wear down the patience of passengers, and it's another area that the Ford Focus SEL excels in. It comes with the easy-to-use SYNC® 3 entertainment system with enhanced voice recognition communication, so that you can switch songs, make calls, and hear your text messages without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. This system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which makes connecting mobile devices to the infotainment system as easy as plugging them in. The Toyota Corolla does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Enjoying all your favorite songs isn't only easier in the Ford Focus because of the connectivity features but also because of the standard 10-speaker Sony® audio system, which puts out better quality sound than the six-speaker system in the Toyota Corolla. Other features in the Ford Focus SEL like dual zone climate control and the available heated steering wheel and front seats deliver a level of comfort in any climate that the Toyota Corolla SE can't match.


Grove City drivers that want a sedan that can still excite will find that the Ford Focus is inherently fun while the Toyota Corolla disappoints with its driving feel. This difference in performance is mostly attributed to the engines that these sedans use to power them as the Ford Focus SEL comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that packs 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, which easily blow by the 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque in the Toyota Corolla. This power gives drivers better acceleration while also helping with winter driving conditions, so you can confidently overtake on the highway and deal with snowy roads.

Raw power isn’t the only performance aspect that makes the Ford Focus a sedan that's actually fun to drive. It also comes with torque vectoring control and a Control Blade® independent rear suspension, which let you handles corners more easily and delivers a less bumpy ride respectively. Again, Columbus car shoppers won’t find these features on the Toyota Corolla SE.

Passenger and Cargo Space

There is no wasted space in the Ford Focus SEL, and it's all to the benefit of passengers that are looking to avoid feeling cramped, which is to say everyone. It has more head room for both the first and second row, so taller passengers don't have to slouch, and more hip room for each row too, so their legs aren't rubbing up against each other. Your passengers will find the Ford Focus SEL is much more welcoming than the Toyota Corolla, so if you're normally the driver for your work carpool, then there is a clear choice.

On top of all this, the well-thought-out design of the Ford Focus SEL also delivers a larger trunk space than the Toyota Corolla SE offers, so you can fit the items you need to bring along for work or a vacation more easily.

Learn About More Benefits of Owning the Ford Focus SEL at Our Columbus Dealership Today!

We hope that this comparison was helpful to you, and if you want to learn even more about all that the Ford Focus SEL offers, contact us today through email or by calling, or just stop by our dealership in Columbus and we can show you this great sedan in person and set up a test drive that you're sure to love!