Compare 2017 Ford Focus vs 2017 Mazda MAZDA3

2017 Ford Focus
2017 Mazda MAZDA3
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Electric Hatch
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus Electric Hatch N/A N/A $27,810 $29,120
Focus RS Hatch 19 25 $34,495 $36,120
Focus S Sedan 25 34 $16,188 $16,775
Focus SE Hatch 26 38 $18,876 $19,765
Focus SE Sedan 30 40 $17,357 $18,175
Focus SEL Hatch 26 36 $20,700 $21,675
Focus SEL Sedan 26 36 $20,222 $21,175
Focus ST Hatch 22 30 $23,660 $24,775
Focus Titanium Hatch 26 36 $22,992 $24,075
Focus Titanium Sedan 26 36 $22,514 $23,575
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Grand Touring Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,149 $24,195
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,144 $23,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $18,084 $18,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 27 37 $17,080 $17,845
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 28 37 $20,568 $21,495
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 27 37 $19,564 $20,445
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Automatic 26 35 $23,864 $24,945
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 33 $22,862 $23,895
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $19,278 $20,145
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Manual 27 37 $18,275 $19,095
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Automatic 26 35 $22,431 $23,445
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Manual 25 33 $21,429 $22,395
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Automatic 28 37 $21,284 $22,245

2017 Ford Focus vs. 2017 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Like to drive, but live on a budget? We have good news. Compact sedan and hatchback models have quickly evolved recently, shedding their staid appearance and miserly demeanor for something much more interesting—including better-trimmed interiors, and feature sets appealing for long-distance commuters. And the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus are at the head of that pack for those who put the priority on driving enjoyment.

Both models are offered in a choice of four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body styles. At least in profile, these two vehicles look quite different, with the Focus (which was all-new for 2011) a little more rakish and the Mazda 3, which was just redesigned for 2014, is decidedly curvier. All around, from the long, finely detailed headlamps, along the creased flanks and all the way to the equally stretched taillamps, the Focus offers a little more to catch the eye inside and out. On the other hand, the Mazda3 has the more adventurous profile, with details that are both neat, athletic, and sophisticated.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,810
$23,149
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,120
$24,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$403 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.3
7.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat. The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 37.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 96.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 61.2
Length, Overall (in)
172.9 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 34.8
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P215/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P215/45WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3640 3100
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 185 @ 3250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 184 @ 5700
Engine Type
Electric Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement
- 2.5 L/152
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
107 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
96 -
Battery Range (mi)
115 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
118 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 27
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
7.82 3.39
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
44H NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic 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 Focus Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 13.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 5.8
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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