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The Prius Prime has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Prius Prime has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses 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 Prius Prime’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 Prius Prime Advanced has standard Intelligent Clearance Sonar to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
To help make backing safer, the Prius Prime Advanced’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 Prius Prime’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 Prius Prime and the Focus Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Prius Prime the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Focus Electric has not been tested, yet.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius Prime for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Focus Electric.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Prius Prime’s reliability 78 points higher than the Focus Electric.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.
On the EPA test cycle the Prius Prime running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Focus Electric (145 city/121 hwy vs. 118 city/96 hwy MPGe).
The Prius Prime’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 652 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Focus Electric’s range is only 115 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 5 hours and 30 minutes. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 20 hours.
The Prius Prime stops shorter than the Focus Electric:
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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Prius Prime’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Focus Electric (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Prius Prime’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Focus Electric’s (33.4 feet vs. 36 feet).
The Toyota Prius Prime may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Ford Focus Electric.
The Prius Prime has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus Electric.
The Prius Prime has a much larger trunk than the Focus Electric with its rear seat up (19.8 vs. 14.2 cubic feet).
The Prius Prime Advanced has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Prius Prime Advanced’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Focus Electric’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Prius Prime detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
On extremely cold winter days, the Prius Prime Advanced’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Prius Prime has a standard Dynamic Radar 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 Prius Prime Advanced’s Intelligent 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.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Prius Prime, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Focus Electric isn't recommended.
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