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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Transmission

Trim

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