Compare 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2008 Ford Focus

2009 Mazda MAZDA3
2008 Ford Focus
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,777 $14,690
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 30 $14,616 $15,590
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $16,020 $17,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 22 30 $16,859 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,989 $18,135
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $17,446 $18,625
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 28 $17,875 $19,085
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 28 $18,332 $19,575
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,286 $22,740
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 25 $22,885 $24,455
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,777
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,690
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$245 / month
$240 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character. The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 50.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 93.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.2
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 53.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.3
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 102.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 175.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 13.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 34.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2780 2588
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
306 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA 99N
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 140 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 3.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Ford Focus
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Control blade
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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