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2014 Mazda MAZDA3

2014 Ford Focus

  2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive 2014 Ford Focus
MSRP
$16,945
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$16,810
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Invoice $16,474 $15,843
MPG
City/Highway
27/41 23/37
Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.8
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Bottom Line The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists. Read Full Review Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Responsive powertrains
  • Sporty profile, eye-catching sheetmetal
  • Great handling
  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Premium feel, in some respects

Dislikes:

  • Tight back seat
  • Busy ride
  • Road noise

Likes:

  • Precise steering, deft handling
  • Composed, refined ride
  • Focus ST is a hoot
  • Extroverted styling
  • MyFord Touch is a standout in this class

Dislikes:

  • Space-robbing dash design
  • Cluttered base audio controls
  • Pricer than other compacts
  • Road noise
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