When the time comes to shop for a new compact or coupe vehicle, there are many to choose from model year 2016. Bloomington Ford is proud to introduce the 2016 Ford Focus Electric. It is the only battery electric car sold by Ford anywhere in the world, and the most energy efficient car produced from Ford. While many are interested in the electric aspects of this vehicle, for other drivers the main question is how does it stack up to long-running consumer favorites like the Honda Accord? Let’s do a little comparison of the 2016 Ford Focus Electric against the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe.
Model Year Changes
The 2016 electric Focus has changed very little; there is a unique grille and a couple of chrome electric door badges. Other than a charging port on the left front fender, you’d never know just by looking that the Focus Electric isn’t powered by gas. The sole change to the 2016 model is the addition of Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system replacing the MY Ford System, which promises an easy to use interface and menu design. On the other hand, the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2013, so this new model year features many changes in appearance and performance.
Power and Handling
The powertrain of the Focus Electric remains a 23 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack that provides energy to a 107 kilowatt, 143 horsepower electric motor, which powers the front wheels. On the road, the motor is powerful enough to spin the inside front wheel when accelerating out of turns. With tuned regenerative braking, somewhat on the aggressive side, the Ford Focus will feel relatively familiar to drivers used to automatic transmission cars, with its acceleration and deceleration. Some drivers, however, prefer the throatier and more powerful Honda engines that allow for tight cornering, rapid off-the-line speed, and low mileage without turning to electric engines. A V-6 with a 9 speed transmission versus an electric motor is going to make a big difference in handling and speed.
City vs. Open Road
The Focus Electric, with several hundred pounds of extra weight, has the same enjoyable road feel of other Focus models. With the battery under the floor and a low center of gravity, the Focus feels well planted, and its torque makes it particularly good for urban traffic maneuverability. While the Focus offers great performance in traffic, the Honda is also competitive in that area, as well as on the open road. There’s not enough power in the electric motor to make the Focus Electric any competition for the new Honda Accord. So, if you’re road-tripping, the Honda may be a better option for you. If commuting meets your needs, the Focus is the affordable answer.
Bloomington Ford has the latest and greatest Ford models, including the 2016 Focus electric, for you to check out. Go take a test drive and see if you agree that the electric Focus is a good competitor for the new Honda Accord.