Dare to Compare: Nissan Altima vs Ford Focus


Mid-size and compact sedans may both be classified as cars, but there's quite a few differences between the two. Take the 2017 Nissan Altima  and Ford Focus, for example. The Ford Focus may boast a lower starting MSRP, but it pales in comparison to the Nissan Altima  when it comes to features, performance and space. Check out this quick comparison to see just how different these two models really are!


The 2017  Nissan Altima comes loaded with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque for a near-1:1 ratio. That engine comes mated to a standard Continuously Variable Transmission.

The Ford Focus offers a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated to a six-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.

As it turns out, the Altima and Focus are surprisingly similar when it comes to turning diameter, despite their size. The Altima offers a 36.1-foot turning diameter while the Focus squeezes in at 36 feet.

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Fuel Economy

Despite the difference in size, the difference in fuel economy is surprising to most. The Ford Focus earns up to an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway*. The Nissan Altima, however, tops it with an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/39 mpg highway*.

Both models come with standard front-wheel drive. As for size, the Altima comes in at 191.9 inches long. The Focus is about a foot shorter, coming in at 178.5 inches.

As for weight, the Altima tips the scales at 3,197 pounds while the Focus taps in at 2,935 pounds.

Even so, the Altima, the bigger of the two cars, is much more efficient!


As one may have already guessed, the Altima size advantage means there's more space for passengers and cargo. Both cars offer seating for up to five passengers. The Altima brings 101.9 cubic feet of passenger space. The Focus falls short with just 90.7 cubic feet of space.

The Altima holds the advantage when it comes to trunk space as well with 15.4 cubic feet of available space. The Focus comes in with just 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

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*Fuel economy based on targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Altima®