Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2009 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Ford Focus
2009 Mazda MAZDA3
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 30 $14,616 $15,590
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 22 30 $16,859 $17,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 28 $17,875 $19,085
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,777 $14,690
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $16,020 $17,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,989 $18,135
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 28 $18,332 $19,575
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 25 $22,885 $24,455
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,286 $22,740
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $17,446 $18,625
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$14,616
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$15,590
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$260 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000. The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 94.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 11.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 2811
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 306
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99N NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6250 148 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 2.65
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.73
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 2.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Control blade E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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