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Ford Focus vs. Toyota Corolla Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Focus 16
18.3229813665% 18.3229813665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Focuses, 7.0 months of data per Focus, average 6100 miles
2015 Toyota Corolla 8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Corollas, 8.8 months of data per Corolla, average 10300 miles

 

2014 Ford Focus 35
58.5714285714% 58.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  98 Focuses, 9.4 months of data per Focus, average 19800 miles

Includes ST this year. Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2014 Toyota Corolla 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Corollas, 8.8 months of data per Corolla, average 21500 miles

 

2013 Ford Focus ST 33
41.4285714286% 41.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Focus STs, 9.3 months of data per Focus ST, average 36100 miles

Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2013 Ford Focus 44
62.380952381% 62.380952381% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 38000 miles

Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2013 Toyota Corolla   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Corollas, 7.2 months of data per Corolla, average 40200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Ford Focus 46
60.7142857143% 60.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  89 Focuses, 8.9 months of data per Focus, average 50800 miles

Redesigned. Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2012 Toyota Corolla   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Corollas, 6.3 months of data per Corolla, average 43500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2011 Toyota Corolla   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Corollas, 8.0 months of data per Corolla, average 44500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Ford Focus 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Focuses, 9.5 months of data per Focus, average 65100 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla 28
19.5970695971% 19.5970695971% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Corollas, 9.0 months of data per Corolla, average 70100 miles

 

2009 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Focuses, 11.1 months of data per Focus, average 87300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2009 Toyota Corolla 24
4.94505494505% 4.94505494505% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Corollas, 8.0 months of data per Corolla, average 80400 miles

 

2008 Ford Focus 36
18.1318681319% 18.1318681319% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 97400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2008 Toyota Corolla 31
12.6373626374% 12.6373626374% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Corollas, 9.4 months of data per Corolla, average 94200 miles

 

2007 Ford Focus 91
73.1168831169% 73.1168831169% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Focuses, 9.6 months of data per Focus, average 107600 miles
2007 Toyota Corolla 55
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Corollas, 8.1 months of data per Corolla, average 102700 miles

 

2006 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Focuses, 10.3 months of data per Focus, average 106000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Toyota Corolla 19
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Corollas, 8.9 months of data per Corolla, average 116300 miles

 

2005 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Focuses, 8.2 months of data per Focus, average 130500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Toyota Corolla 30
5.35714285714% 5.35714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Corollas, 9.1 months of data per Corolla, average 147200 miles

 

2004 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Focuses, 7.1 months of data per Focus, average 118500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Toyota Corolla 44
15.5462184874% 15.5462184874% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Corollas, 8.1 months of data per Corolla, average 148500 miles

 

2003 Ford Focus 74
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Focuses, 9.7 months of data per Focus, average 129500 miles
2003 Toyota Corolla 69
29.1208791209% 29.1208791209% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Corollas, 9.7 months of data per Corolla, average 155700 miles

 

2002 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Focuses, 10.3 months of data per Focus, average 138700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Toyota Corolla   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Corollas, 10.4 months of data per Corolla, average 123200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Focuses, 8.2 months of data per Focus, average 139300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Toyota Corolla   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Corollas, 8.0 months of data per Corolla, average 170300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Ford Focus vs. Toyota Corolla Reliability Comparisons

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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
2010 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The 2nd generation of the North American Ford Focus does surprisingly well in reliabilty rankings. Look at TrueDelta stats and else where. According to the shop I frequent the only weak point is braking rear springs in areas where road salt is used. In addition I found that the motor mounts are prone to failure. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have a 2001 with over 362,000 miles see full Ford Focus review
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 see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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 see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
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. see full Ford Focus review
 

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. see full Toyota Corolla review
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 see full Toyota Corolla review
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. see full Toyota Corolla review
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 see full Toyota Corolla review
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The most reliable car in its category. see full Toyota Corolla review
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Not a single problem yet (1 year) see full Toyota Corolla review
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. see full Toyota Corolla review
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. see full Toyota Corolla review
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Bullet-proof reputation, ease & cost of maintenance see full Toyota Corolla review
2006 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Established history of reliable vehicles. see full Toyota Corolla review
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. see full Toyota Corolla review
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 ... see full Toyota Corolla review