As a San Francisco resident for decades, a few comments. The Focus will be slightly easier to parallel park, but not that much. Most street spaces will fit either just fine. California gas prices are sky high and climbing and so are insurance costs, though for older cars insurance will be cheap (except liability). Resale prices for Hondas are far higher here than for Fords. Those older Focuses didn’t sell that well here, though sales of the current model are strong.
How many miles do you intend to put on it per year? A long commute argues strongly in favor of the
Focus. It will just last a lot longer as it so many fewer miles to start with. However, if you’re like many here who commute by public transit or have a short commute, I’d get the nicer Accord. You’ll be able to run either one for many more years and it might as well be the nicer one. We put on no more than 2000 miles unless we take a long road trip. The car just gets used for errands out of the neighborhood, Sunday drives, and one trip to Southetn CA to see my mother at Christmas. If this sounds similar to your car use, either one could last you for decades. They’re far mote likely to be totalled in a wreck thsn wear out. That’s what hsppened to our old car in the end. My partner was heartbroken.
I’d also get the Accord if you plan to make road trips around the state and the rest of the West. The Accord gas mileage will be worse, but you’ll appreciate its greater power in mountain driving and its spacious, comfortable seats if you have long days of driving. If you would like to bring a couple of friends on your trips, then the Accord will be much kinder to everyone. A Focus back seat is OK for kids and for adults on shorter trips, but not for a whole day. Of course, if you get to making really frequent trips the Focus makes sense as it likely has more life in it. We had them as rentals a few times and they did the job, but no more. I was bothered by the loud road noise compared to other cars. No big deal for city driving, but fatiguing out on the highway.