Compare 2012 Ford Focus vs 2012 Mazda MAZDA3

2012 Ford Focus
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,635
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,500
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$275 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
43.7 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 94.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 180.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 11.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.98 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 34.2
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2857 2866
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.1 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 33
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.84
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.93 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
SLA Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 5.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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