Compare 2014 Ford C-Max vs 2014 Lexus CT vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA3

2014 Ford C-Max
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2014 Lexus CT
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2014 Mazda MAZDA3
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5-Door HB SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Max Energi 5-Door HB SEL 40 36 $29,499 $31,635
C-Max Hybrid 5-Door HB SE 42 36 $22,539 $24,170
C-Max Hybrid 5-Door HB SEL 42 36 $25,337 $27,170
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5-Door Sedan Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CT 200h 5-Door Sedan Hybrid 43 40 $30,417 $32,050
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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

$29,499
$30,417
$22,766

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$31,635
$32,050
$23,795

Monthly Payment Estimate

$527 / month
$534 / month
$397 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
7.6
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency. The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is still the only compact luxury hybrid hatchback--and it's a lot more fun to drive than you might imagine. 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

40 mpg 43 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 40 mpg 41 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

54.3 53 55.5

Passenger Volume (ft³)

99.7 86.1 96.3

Second Leg Room (in)

36.5 32.9 35.8

Front Head Room (in)

41 38.3 37.6

Second Hip Room (in)

51.9 51.8 53.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.9 53.9 57.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Second Head Room (in)

39.4 37 37.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.2 52.6 54.4

Front Leg Room (in)

43.1 42.1 42.2

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72 69.5 70.7

Track Width, Front (in)

60.5 60 61.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.5 5.7 6.1

Length, Overall (in)

173.6 171.2 180.3

Height, Overall (in)

63.8 57.3 57.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.4 59.8 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

104.3 102.4 106.3

Liftover Height (in)

- 27.4 -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

19.2 14.3 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

42.8 - -

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- - 12.4

Brakes

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.8 10 11

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11 11 10.4

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14 11.9 13.2

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.4 34.2 34.8

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

TDH NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/50VR17 P215/45VR17 P205/60HR16

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

TDH NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/50VR17 P215/45VR17 P205/60HR16

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3859 3130 2848

Wheels

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7 16 X 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7 16 X 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

390 - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- - 100

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

129 @ 4000 105 @ 4000 150 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

99U NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

188 @ 6000 134 @ 5200 155 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas/Electric I-4 Gas/Electric I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

38 42 34

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

88 - -

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 40 41

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

40 43 30

Estimated Battery Range (mi)

20 - -

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.57 3.27 3.59

Trans Type

1 1 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Trans Description Cont.

CVT w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 3.55

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 1.45

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 0.71

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- - 3.89

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 2.02

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 0.60

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford C-Max Energi Lexus CT 200h Mazda Mazda3

Body Style

Hatchback Hatchback Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Emissions

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

- 4.4 (Est) 5.3

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 9.0 (Est) -

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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