Compare 2017 Ford Focus vs 2017 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 Ford Focus
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2017 Mazda MAZDA3
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2017 Volkswagen Golf
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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 Touring 2.5 Automatic 26 35 $22,431 $23,445
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Manual 25 33 $21,429 $22,395
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1.8T 4-Door S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.8T 4-Door S Automatic 25 35 $20,155 $20,995
Golf 1.8T 4-Door S Manual 25 36 $19,099 $19,895
Golf 1.8T 4-Door SE Automatic 25 35 $24,427 $25,445
Golf 1.8T 4-Door SEL Automatic 25 35 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 1.8T 4-Door Wolfsburg Edition Automatic 25 35 $21,761 $22,795
Golf 1.8T 4-Door Wolfsburg Edition Manual 25 36 $20,705 $21,595
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $25,873 $26,950
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $29,308 $30,530
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 22 32 $28,252 $29,430
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $31,575 $32,890
Golf GTI 2.0T 2-Door S DSG 24 32 $25,051 $26,095
Golf GTI 2.0T 2-Door S Manual 24 34 $23,995 $24,995
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $33,707 $35,195
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Automaticbahn Manual 24 34 $32,651 $34,095
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door S DSG 24 32 $25,627 $26,695
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door S Manual 24 34 $24,571 $25,595
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door SE DSG 24 32 $30,611 $31,990
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door SE Manual 24 34 $29,555 $30,890
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Sport DSG 24 32 $27,931 $29,095
Golf GTI 2.0T 4-Door Sport Manual 24 34 $26,875 $27,995
Golf R 4-Door DSG 23 30 $35,285 $36,755
Golf R 4-Door DSG w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $38,768 $40,475
Golf R 4-Door Manual 22 31 $34,229 $35,655
Golf R 4-Door Manual w/DCC/Nav 22 31 $37,712 $39,375
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 25 34 $21,773 $22,680
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 30 $23,932 $24,930
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 25 35 $20,718 $21,580
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 32 $22,877 $23,830
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SE Automatic 25 34 $25,948 $27,030
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SEL Automatic 25 34 $28,772 $29,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,810
$23,149
$20,155
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,120
$24,195
$20,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$403 / month
$350 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.3
7.3
6.5
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. There's a Golf for nearly every taste and need—Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen— and don't forget about the EV eGolf, which is very balanced and fun to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 36 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.5 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.4 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.8 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 37.6 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 96.3 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.2 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
172.9 180.3 167.5
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.3 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.4 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.7 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 61.2 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.1 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.5 - 22.8
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 52.7
Brakes
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 11.6 11.3
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)
10.7 10.4 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P215/45WR18 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P215/45WR18 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3640 3100 3023
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 7 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 7 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 184 @ 5700 170 @ 4500
Engine Type
Electric Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 185 @ 3250 199 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
- 2.5 L/152 1.8 L/110
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
96 - -
Battery Range (mi)
100 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
118 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
107 - -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 36 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 27 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
44H NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
7.82 3.39 3.87
Trans Type
1 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.45 1.56
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.71 0.85
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.89 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.02 2.51
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00 1.14
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.60 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.55 4.46
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Volkswagen Golf
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 13.2 13.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 480
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 5.8 6.1
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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