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Honda Civic vs. Ford Focus Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Civic or Ford Focus reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Civic and the Ford Focus 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 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 3.3 months of data per Civic, average 2600 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 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 8900 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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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2012 Honda Civic 90 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 29600 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Civic   24 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 34700 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 Honda Civic 42 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 48700 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Ford Focus   15 Focuses, 10.2 months of data per Focus, average 81600 miles

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2009 Honda Civic 57 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 58600 miles20
0% 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 Honda Civic 79 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 80700 miles26
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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 Honda Civic 70 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 89500 miles27
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford Focus   21 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 101100 miles

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2006 Honda Civic 63 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 114900 miles

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30% 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 Honda Civic 28 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 109300 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Ford Focus   13 Focuses, 10.8 months of data per Focus, average 117000 miles

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2004 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 137300 miles49
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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 Honda Civic 38 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 128800 miles56
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Ford Focus 25 Focuses, 7.7 months of data per Focus, average 131000 miles87
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 137200 miles57
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Ford Focus   15 Focuses, 7.9 months of data per Focus, average 151900 miles

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2001 Honda Civic 31 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 160300 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Ford Focus   13 Focuses, 8.1 months of data per Focus, average 136700 miles

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2000 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 8.0 months of data per Civic, average 135600 miles72
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 7.1 months of data per Civic, average 162800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Civic

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are many good cars in this regard, but Honda is again one of the leaders, as well as having the least expensive parts for maintenance and repair, according to a CAA Survey a couple of years ago.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
They have a well-deserved excellent reputation. I had one several years ago and it just kept going. Sold it with 134k with the original clutch. Replaced the water pump, a dash switch, and the horn in eleven years.
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
2008 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
It is a low maintenance, low cost to own, and long lasting small vehicle that can be driven "worry free".
Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached.
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear.
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket
 

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
No problems with the car in terms of reliability, and holds up very well on the terrible roads we have in New Jersey
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.
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 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.
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.
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.