Poll: Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Alright fanboys (and girls), prepare to get whipped into a rabid froth. In this poll, we’re comparing two high-performance hot-hatchbacks, the Ford Focus RS and Honda’s legendary Civic Type R.

Yes, enthusiasts of these cars are legion and they’re sure to duke it out in the comments section below, debating, trolling and flaming each other into oblivion. But which of these pocket rockets deserves the most love? Let’s explore before you go on the offensive.

Starting with the Ford since you can actually buy one right now (the Honda won’t go on sale in the U.S. until “late spring”), it’s motivated by a fire-breathing four-cylinder engine. Displacing 2.3-liters, this EcoBoost unit is rated at an impressive 350 horsepower and an equal measure of torque.

All that grunt is routed to the pavement through a standard all-wheel-drive system that even offers a drift mode for maximum oversteer. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox offered. Want an automatic? Too bad! Go get a Corolla instead.

With so many horses in its stable, the Focus RS can reach 62 miles an hour in just 4.7 seconds, topping out at an advertised 165 miles an hour. Curb weight is around 3,434 pounds.

Focusing on the Civic, it also features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Clocking in at just 2.0-liters, it nonetheless cranks out a respectable 306 horsepower. Torque clocks in at 295 lb-ft.

Like its rival from Ford, the Type R is only available with a three-pedal gearbox, one with six forward speeds. Differing from what Dearborn offers, this Honda is made available exclusively with front-wheel drive, which could be an issue with all that giddy-up. Can you say torque steer? What about wheel hop?

Potentially mitigating these issues are meaty 20-inch wheels wrapped in gooey Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Honda does not appear to list an advertised zero-to-60 time for the Type R, though we’ve got to think it’ll get the deed done in the five-second range.

When it comes to pricing, the Ford in this poll starts at right around $37,000, including delivery fees, though no official figure for the Honda has been released. Still, the company says it will kick off in the mid-$30,000 range, not bad for the first ever Civic Type R sold in America.

Which of these hot hatches do YOU prefer? Compare them here and make sure to vote down below.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • First Last First Last on May 01, 2017

    I had to vote for AWD with drift mode, but in all honesty, I'd probably skip both and take a Focus ST for @ $10k less.

  • Dale Pierre Dale Pierre on May 31, 2017

    The RS has AWD and Launch on it with the higher HP. This car definitley demands respect. However, the type R has a VTEC 2.0 with higher rev range, pushing right under 310hp, weighs less and loses less power to wheels than the RS due to the FWD. From a stop, RS will take the win all day. From a roll though, the type R has the upper hand and will walk on the RS. Depends on which monster you want honestly? One that terrorizes from a stop, or from a roll in the streets......