Ford Motor Company was very proud on January 15th when the F-150 was named the truck/utility vehicle of the year at the 2015 NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) awards in Detroit. The award is chosen by an impartial panel of 57 judges chosen from various newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, and several other media outlets.
Ford is certainly proud of having the truck/utility vehicle of the year, but Ford is certainly not content with finishing behind the Volkswagen Golf for car of the year. The VW Golf prides itself on its innovative technology, efficient engines, and top safety rating. The simple facts are that the Ford Focus (which is in the same class as the Golf) can meet and exceed many of the Golf’s specifications.
The Golf showcases its technology by highlighting an advanced navigation system and a 5.8’ productivity screen with ipod/iphone integration and a rear view camera. The Focus has all these features and more. The Focus not only has an available navigation system and backup camera, but really rises above the Golf by offering an 8’ MyFord® Touch® color productivity screen equipped with Sync® for phone and ipod integration. The Focus also has active park assist, (a feature that helps the driver parallel park), lane keeping system with BLIS (blind spot detection), and automatic high beam headlights; all features not even available on the Golf. When it comes to technology, the Focus is a clear winner.
Even with gas prices at their lowest levels in recent years, fuel economy and engine efficiency are still important to customers. The Golf’s two available engines are certainly efficient and economical; with the 1.8L I-4 Turbo getting a combined 30 MPG and the 2.0L Turbo Diesel getting an impressive combined 36 MPG. The Focus’ 1.0L Eco-Boost® can more than match the Golf’s 1.8L Turbo by offering a combined 35MPG, and is competitive with the Turbo Diesel’s 36MPG. While the Turbo Diesel does have a greater combined MPG, it also relies on diesel fuel which according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report averages at 85 cents more per gallon (as of January 16th, 2015). The Focus has its own efficient and economical engines that can run neck and neck with the Golf.
Safety is always one of the greatest concerns anyone has when purchasing a vehicle and the VW is very vocal about the Golf being an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ offering a wide variety of active and passive safety systems. The fact is that to attain this rating the Golf must be equipped with the driver assist package. In comparison, the Focus achieves the same safety rating with STANDARD features; and in fact the Focus ALSO sports seven airbags opposed to the Golf’s six. On top of the already impressive safety features, Ford also offers the industry first inflatable safety belts, to ensure an unparalleled level of safety for Ford customers. When it comes to safety, the Focus is the clear winner.
The Golf may have taken top honors this year, but the Focus is certainly no pushover. Ford hopes that in the future innovative design improvements like the ones mentioned above, will give them both the car of the year, as well as the truck of the year in the future.
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