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

Coming Soon 27 mpg

Highway

Coming Soon 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 -

Estimated 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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