Compare 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

2018 Ford Focus
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2018 Mazda MAZDA3
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2018 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 26 $39,270 $41,120
Focus S Sedan 25 34 $17,323 $17,950
Focus SE Hatch 26 38 $19,615 $20,540
Focus SE Sedan 30 40 $18,378 $19,245
Focus SEL Hatch 24 34 $21,077 $22,070
Focus SEL Sedan 24 34 $20,886 $21,870
Focus ST Hatch 22 30 $24,038 $25,170
Focus Titanium Hatch 24 34 $23,369 $24,470
Focus Titanium Sedan 24 34 $23,178 $24,270
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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 $18,321 $19,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $17,319 $18,095
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,230 $21,140
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,226 $20,090
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,864 $24,945
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,862 $23,895
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $19,518 $20,395
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $18,514 $19,345
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,945 $21,890
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,941 $20,840
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1.8T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $21,129 $22,010
Golf 1.8T S Manual 25 34 $20,073 $20,910
Golf 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $23,765 $24,755
Golf 1.8T SE Manual 25 34 $22,709 $23,655
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $25,973 $27,055
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 21 30 $24,918 $25,955
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $29,630 $30,865
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 21 30 $28,574 $29,765
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $34,234 $35,660
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $34,723 $36,170
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 25 33 $33,667 $35,070
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $26,414 $27,515
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 25 33 $25,357 $26,415
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $30,308 $31,570
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 25 33 $29,252 $30,470
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 22 29 $39,250 $40,885
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,193 $39,785
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $21,874 $22,785
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 29 $24,033 $25,035
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 25 34 $20,818 $21,685
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 31 $22,977 $23,935
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $26,227 $27,320
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $29,035 $30,245
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,810
$23,149
$21,129
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,120
$24,195
$22,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$403 / month
$367 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
7.2
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks. The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider. There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 36 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Length, Overall (in)
172.9 180.3 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.3 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.4 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.1 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
33.2 - 53.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.2 - 17.4
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.4 -
Brakes
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
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
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 34.8 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3640 3100 3023
Wheels
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
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
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 184 @ 5700 170 @ 4500
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Displacement
- 2.5 L/152 1.8 L/110
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
96 - -
Battery Range (mi)
115 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
118 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
107 - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 27 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 36 33
Transmission
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
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
44H NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.60 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.55 4.46
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
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 6.3
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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