Compare 2014 Ford Focus vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2014 Volkswagen Golf

2014 Ford Focus
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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
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4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV 24 32 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 32 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition PZEV 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,843
$22,766
$29,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,810
$23,795
$30,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$397 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 30 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 41 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.2 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
38 37.5 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 96.3 92.9
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.8 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 37.6 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.5 -
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 180.3 165.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.3 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.4 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3 101.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.7 70
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 61.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.1 5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 12.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 46
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 15.2
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake Type
Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9 10.4 10.7
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9 NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 11 12.3
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 13.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16 P225/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2935 2848 3160
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5 18 X 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100 120
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 150 @ 4000 207 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 155 @ 6000 200 @ 5100
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 30 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 34 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 41 32
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.89 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.02 2.15
Trans Order Code
44Z NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.00 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.60 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.55 3.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.59 4.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.45 1.46
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.71 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 5.3 6.7
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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