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Ford Focus vs. Toyota Corolla Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Focus or Toyota Corolla reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford Focus and the Toyota Corolla truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Ford Focus 56 Focuses, 6.1 months of data per Focus, average 5600 miles32
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota Corolla   23 Corollas, 6.3 months of data per Corolla, average 7600 miles

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2013 Ford Focus 74 Focuses, 9.0 months of data per Focus, average 17300 miles30
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford Focus ST 65 Focus STs, 8.8 months of data per Focus ST, average 16800 miles42
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Corolla   14 Corollas, 8.3 months of data per Corolla, average 17200 miles

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2012 Ford Focus 124 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 33200 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Corolla   16 Corollas, 7.6 months of data per Corolla, average 30800 miles

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2010 Ford Focus 28 Focuses, 9.0 months of data per Focus, average 50800 miles24
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota Corolla 66 Corollas, 9.1 months of data per Corolla, average 51500 miles22
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2009 Ford Focus   15 Focuses, 10.2 months of data per Focus, average 81600 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla 43 Corollas, 8.8 months of data per Corolla, average 70800 miles32
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Ford Focus 26 Focuses, 10.0 months of data per Focus, average 86000 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota Corolla   17 Corollas, 9.1 months of data per Corolla, average 71500 miles

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2007 Ford Focus 44 Focuses, 9.1 months of data per Focus, average 95300 miles57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota Corolla   19 Corollas, 9.9 months of data per Corolla, average 84600 miles

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2006 Ford Focus   21 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 101100 miles

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2006 Toyota Corolla 26 Corollas, 9.5 months of data per Corolla, average 95600 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford Focus   24 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 123400 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla 32 Corollas, 8.9 months of data per Corolla, average 115400 miles34
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2004 Ford Focus   13 Focuses, 10.8 months of data per Focus, average 117000 miles

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2004 Toyota Corolla   14 Corollas, 7.6 months of data per Corolla, average 114800 miles

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2003 Ford Focus 28 Focuses, 8.9 months of data per Focus, average 120400 miles87
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Toyota Corolla 35 Corollas, 8.9 months of data per Corolla, average 142100 miles69
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Ford Focus 25 Focuses, 7.7 months of data per Focus, average 131000 miles87
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2002 Toyota Corolla   10 Corollas, 9.2 months of data per Corolla, average 115200 miles

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2001 Ford Focus   15 Focuses, 7.9 months of data per Focus, average 151900 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla   19 Corollas, 8.5 months of data per Corolla, average 154500 miles

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2000 Ford Focus   13 Focuses, 8.1 months of data per Focus, average 136700 miles

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2000 Toyota Corolla   13 Corollas, 6.7 months of data per Corolla, average 163100 miles

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1999 Toyota Corolla   13 Corollas, 7.0 months of data per Corolla, average 150800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Focus

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Focus

Ford Focus Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have a 2001 with over 362,000 miles
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
So far it has been about 5 months, and I have 10000miles on the odometer and there have been no strange noises, problems or anything. I have been rear ended twice and both times I took a very small amount of damage, so maybe the rear is pretty durable
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The Duratec 20 is a well made and reliable engine. Paired with the 5 speed manual transmission i should never have a trans failure for the life of the car.
2008 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I hear great things from most Focus owners about the great reliability and few repairs/low cost of ownership.
2007 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Other than 2 problems covered under the warranty, this car has caused no problems. Brakes lasted longer than expected. The only problems encountered were due to driver error.
2007 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I will be afraid to buy any other vehicle after owning this one. I have had so few problems of any sort, I do not know how it could get any better. The vehicle has been put through its paces and endured more than most, without faltering once. I would have no problem recommending this car to someone who needs a reliable vehicle.
2007 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This car has been very reliable. I have driven it hard and fast on a daily basis and have only had a few minor mechanical problems. At 45k the alternator needed replaced and the steering fluids replaced, but it was covered under the extended warranty I purchased, so I didn't have to pay a thing other than labor costs and the usual 45k checkup costs. At 68000 miles the transmission had to be flushed and fluids replaced--not covered by warranty, cost about 280usd. I consider these minor costs for upkeep, considering the use this car has seen, and the car runs perfectly after these repairs.
2007 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
No problems with the car in terms of reliability, and holds up very well on the terrible roads we have in New Jersey
2006 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
In the 35 months since I bought the car, I have put more than 60,000 miles on it. The car has never been back to the dealer for service. Since I have owned it, I have only changed the oil and replaced the tires.
2006 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Try and trued design.No issues in 4 yrs and 82,000 miles change oil every 5,000 miles.Follow the Maintenance schedule for fuel filter and trans service.Good performance for a four cylinder.
Ford Focus Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
Had a clunking noise in first 1000 miles that required front struts to be replaced. Clunking noise appears to be slowly reappearing. Starting to occasionally hear a low groaning noise when transmission shifts between 20 & 30 mph.
2005 4dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are only three reasons why I would hesitate to recommend a used 2001 - 2007 Focus, and two of them are just picking nits. First reason, the side mirrors are two sizes too small. For what was a $23,000 car in 2005, the side mirrors speak to the decontenting in this class of car. I would have been happy for a trade-off of an extra $100(?) for better and larger mirrors. My other nit to pick was the heater fan - at maximum it sounded like a F4 Phantom was taking off inside the cabin. My only major complaint with the Focus is the appearance of rust. Throughout the model run the Focus ZX3 and ZX5 rusted in the same places - under the trim piece on the hatchback and the rear bottom corner of the rear passenger door frame. I regularly detailed the car, and the interior was absolutely mint, but even after giving up and having the hatchback professionally repaired, the rust had taken root.
2003 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Lots of teething problems when I bought this car, it was fixed under warranty but the clutch broke prematurely and they were unwilling to help.
2003 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Most of the car holds up very well. But where the roads are salted the rear wheel openings start to rust after about five years.
2002 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The interior was designed around a budget. Feels cheap, but because it is cheap. Everything seems held together with glue when it should be with bolts.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I have given it a thrashing and nothing has broken. It is a Toyota so it probably wont be breaking any time soon. Interior components arent top of the line, but they are tough. Seat is firm and will likely last a good while.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Nothing has broken yet, even after hitting a snow bank it was able to drive 15km home.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
60000 miles on odometer, only regular oil and oil filter changes (every 5000-6000 miles ) and air filter (once) so far. Start in the morning and then keep going
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The most reliable car in its category.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This will be the 5TH Toyota that I have owned and all of them have given great service & reliability
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
As I said before... the reliability and durability of this car has amazed me so far - 70K miles and 5 years.
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Not a single problem yet (1 year)
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Corolla has proven to be the most reliable car in Canada for many years. I owned other Toyotas before and was exteremly happy with the cost of ownership over a long period of time.
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Bullet-proof reputation, ease & cost of maintenance
2006 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Owned for two years now, no repairs!
Toyota Corolla Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Had lots of wear on car and recent Toyota reliability reports made it risky to buy a Toyota even though I had reliable Toyota for years. Might buy one again when their are stable reliablity trend.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I am concerned about the EPS and the new engine design. Although some have disliked the EPS, the jury is still out for me. Plus, will it be reliable long-term? Also, I have read about some oil consumption problems. Hmm ...