Compare 2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2016 Ford Focus vs 2016 Mazda MAZDA3

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
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2016 Ford Focus
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2016 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Automatic LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 30 42 $18,450 $19,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT 30 42 $20,275 $21,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic Premier 30 40 $22,079 $23,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual L 29 41 $16,536 $16,620
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 29 41 $17,485 $18,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual LT 29 41 $19,027 $19,820
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic ECO 26 39 $20,611 $21,470
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 22 35 $18,306 $18,970
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT w/1LT 26 38 $19,387 $20,195
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT w/2LT 26 38 $22,435 $23,370
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $23,273 $24,370
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual ECO 28 42 $19,387 $20,195
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual L 25 36 $16,039 $16,120
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 25 36 $17,220 $17,845
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual LT w/1LT 26 38 $18,398 $19,165
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $16,622 $17,225
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $17,681 $18,515
Focus 4-Door Sedan Titanium 26 38 $22,180 $23,225
Focus 5-Door HB RS 19 25 $34,285 $35,900
Focus 5-Door HB SE 26 36 $18,159 $19,015
Focus 5-Door HB ST 22 31 $23,326 $24,425
Focus 5-Door HB Titanium 26 38 $22,657 $23,725
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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 $22,576 $23,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,083 $18,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $20,185 $21,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,678 $25,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,723 $24,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,571 $22,545
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,081 $17,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $19,183 $20,045
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 25 37 $23,673 $24,745
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $18,753 $19,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,856 $21,795
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,389 $25,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $17,748 $18,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,851 $20,745
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 26 35 $24,343 $25,445

Pricing

Invoice Price

$18,450
$16,622
$22,576

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$19,120
$17,225
$23,595

Monthly Payment Estimate

$319 / month
$287 / month
$393 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
8.4
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze inches closer to mid-size, while growing lighter, leaner, and more fuel-efficient. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, the 2016 Ford Focus remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market. The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest.

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Fuel Economy

City

30 mpg 26 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

42 mpg 36 mpg 41 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 - -

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

51.90 52.7 53.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.90 55.6 57.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- TBD - 90.7 96.3

Second Head Room (in)

37.30 38 37.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.20 53.7 54.4

Front Leg Room (in)

42.00 41.9 42.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

53.20 53.9 55.5

Second Leg Room (in)

36.10 33.2 35.8

Front Head Room (in)

38.90 38.3 37.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

- TBD - 61.2 61.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - - 6.1

Length, Overall (in)

183.70 178.5 180.3

Height, Overall (in)

57.40 57.7 57.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

- TBD - 60.4 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.30 104.3 106.3

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.50 71.8 70.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.80 13.2 12.4

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes NA

Brake ABS System

- TBD - 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes - Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA 9 10.4

Brake Type

- TBD - Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

- TBD - 9 NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 10.9 11

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.1 12.4 13.2

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - - -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

- TBD - 36 34.8

Steering Type

Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

N/A - -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

Q1M NA NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

Q1M NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P195/65R15 P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

- TBD - 2935 2930

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 590 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - 100

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

177 @ 2000-4000 146 @ 4450 150 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

LE2 992-1 NA

Displacement

1.4L/- TBD - 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

153 @ 5600 160 @ 6500 155 @ 6000

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

42 36 41

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

30 26 30

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

35 30 34

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA - -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.45 1.45

Trans Type

6 5 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 0.80 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.42 3.89

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.14 2.02

Trans Order Code

MNU 44Z NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.14 3.82 3.59

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.03 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - NA 0.60

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.42 3.55

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Cruze Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3

Body Style

Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

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

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.0 5.9 5.2

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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