2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2018 Ford Focus Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Nexo has standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Focus Electric doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Nexo’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Nexo has a standard Limited to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Focus Electric only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Nexo’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Nexo and the Focus Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Focus Electric’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Focus Electric. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Focus Electric ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Focus Electric’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Nexo’s electric motor produces 18 more horsepower (161 vs. 143) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 184) than the Focus Electric’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Nexo’s maximum driving range is 380 miles, over three times as far as the Focus Electric’s 115 mile range. After it exhausts its hydrogen, the Nexo can then refuel in minutes, while the Focus Electric has to recharge for 5 hours and 30 minutes. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 20 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Focus Electric:

 

Nexo

Focus Electric

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Focus Electric (245/45R19 vs. 225/50R17).

The Nexo Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Focus Electric’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Focus Electric’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the Focus Electric (109.8 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Focus Electric.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has 10.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Focus Electric (101.3 vs. 90.7).

The Nexo has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 5.4 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus Electric.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The Focus Electric’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Focus Electric with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 14.2 cubic feet). The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Focus Electric with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 33.2 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo Limited’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Nexo’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Nexo detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Nexo has standard extendable sun visors. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Nexo Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Nexo and the Focus Electric offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Nexo has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Nexo has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Nexo Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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