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 SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
$22,539
$30,417
$22,766
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,170
$32,050
$23,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$403 / 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
42 mpg 43 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 40 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.7 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
173.6 171.2 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
63.9 57.3 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.8 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 102.4 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72 69.5 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 60 61.2
Liftover Height (in)
- 27.4 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
52.6 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
24.5 14.3 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- - 12.4
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 10 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 11.9 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 34.2 34.8
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
TDH NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P215/45VR17 P205/60HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3607 3130 2848
Wheels
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
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
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
390 - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - 100
Engine
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
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36.8 40 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
42 43 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
39 42 34
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- - 3.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 2.02
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 3.55
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 1.45
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.71
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford C-Max Hybrid Lexus CT 200h Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
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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