Subaru Impreza  vs Ford Focus Electric 

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

  • $18k
  • 2.0L
  • 25 city 33 hwy
Front view of Subaru Impreza
The five-seat Subaru Impreza is offered as a compact sedan or four-door hatchback.
by cars.com (Jul, 2013)
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Ford Focus Electric

  • $35k
  • 23 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 110 city 99 hwy
Angle view of Ford Focus Electric
Overall, the sport-tuned suspension offers less ground clearance but better cornering abilities, Ford says.
by cars.com (Aug, 2012)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Impreza vs Focus Electric

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru Impreza

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Impreza 2.0i

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Lower MSRP $18k vs $35k Around 50% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $5,619 vs $7,632 More than 25% less expensive per year
Front view of Ford Focus Electric

Reasons to consider the
Ford Focus Electric

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Saves on fuel $598 vs $1,940 3.2x cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Runs on electricity Yes vs No EVs have zero tailpipe emissions
Much higher EPA highway mileage 99 MPGe vs 33 MPG 3x better on the interstate
Much higher EPA city mileage 110 MPGe vs 25 MPG Around 4.5x better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$18,395 13.2¢/mile Subaru Impreza
Ford Focus Electric $35,170 4¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Subaru Impreza is cheaper (per year) for infrequent and average drivers, but the Ford Focus Electric is cheaper for heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Subaru Impreza Ford Focus Electric
Price $3,679 ($18,395) $7,034 ($35,170)
Fuel $1,978 (2,673 gallons) $598 (24 MWh)
City 25 MPG 110 MPGe
Highway 33 MPG 99 MPGe
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Reviews Word on the street

Impreza  vs Focus Electric 

8.4
9.0
A six-speed manual is the only available transmission.
Focus Electric

6.7
7.0
The avant-garde kinetic design cues of the 2013 Focus won't please those with less adventurous tastes in styling, but an equally significant consideration involves its comparative pricing.
Focus Electric

7.8
8.8
Actually, our most significant complaint is of the instrument-panel design; with its sharp, angular design, it tends to cut into front passenger knee space.
Focus Electric

Overall

7.6 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Impreza  vs
Focus Electric 
Brand Subaru Ford
Body style
Wagon
Sedan
Model year 2014 2014
MSRP $18k $35k
Annual cost $5,619 $7,632

power & handling

Max HP 148 HP @ 6,200 RPM 143 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 20.34 lb/hp 25.45 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet 40.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 4 9
Has a speed sensitive volume No Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control N/A Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Optional, $339 Standard
Power steering Standard N/A
Power windows Standard Standard

engine & drivetrain

Impreza  vs
Focus Electric 
Engine size 2.0L 0.0L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Gas
Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Manual 4x4 1-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 10.91 in Ventilated Disc 10.94 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.79 in Disc 10.67 in Disc
Front wheel width 195 225
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 50

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Airbags
Side
Passenger
Knee
Head curtain
Driver
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 68.5 in 71.8 in
Front track width 59.4 in 60.5 in
Height 57.7 in 58.2 in
Length 173.8 in 172.9 in
Wheelbase 104.1 in 104.3 in
Curb weight 3,010 lb 3,640 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³ 39 ft³
Subaru Impreza 2.0i
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