Compare 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2014 Ford Focus vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA3

2014 Chevrolet Cruze
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2014 Ford Focus
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2014 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Automatic 1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic 1LT 26 38 $19,113 $19,910
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2LT 26 38 $21,676 $22,580
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic Diesel 27 46 $23,985 $24,985
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic ECO 26 39 $20,284 $21,130
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 22 35 $18,050 $18,705
Cruze 4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $22,733 $23,805
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual 1LT 26 38 $18,062 $18,815
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual 2LT 26 38 $20,443 $21,295
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual ECO 28 42 $19,137 $19,935
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 25 36 $16,906 $17,520
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,843 $16,810
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $17,358 $18,615
Focus 4-Door Sedan Titanium 26 37 $21,975 $23,565
Focus 5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,824 $19,115
Focus 5-Door HB ST 23 32 $22,486 $24,115
Focus 5-Door HB Titanium 26 37 $22,441 $24,065
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 30 41 $17,495 $17,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 29 41 $16,474 $16,945
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,655 $18,445
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,113
$15,843
$22,766
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,910
$16,810
$23,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$280 / month
$397 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Chevy Cruze is comfortable and practical--and now it offers a diesel engine that can return 40 mpg in real-world use. 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 26 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 33.2 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.3 37.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.40 52.7 53.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.76 55.6 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.6 90.7 96.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.90 38 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.90 53.7 54.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.9 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.00 53.9 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.70 71.8 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.2 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
181.00 178.5 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.10 57.7 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.4 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 104.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 13.2 12.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA - Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 9 10.4
Brake Type
Pwr Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.5 x 0.5 9 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 12.4 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 36 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QYW NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYW NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3118 2935 2848
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.25 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 590 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - 100
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
148 @ 1850 146 @ 4450 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LUV NA NA
Displacement
1.4L/83 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 4900 160 @ 6500 155 @ 6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 30 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 26 30
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA 0.60
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.67 3.55
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.45 1.45
Trans Type
6 5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.80 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.72 3.89
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.14 2.02
Trans Order Code
MH8 44Z NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.82 3.59
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.03 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 5.9 5.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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