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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Select style
Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sedan S 25 34 $17,323 $17,950
Sedan SE 30 40 $18,378 $19,245
Hatch SE 26 38 $19,615 $20,540
Sedan SEL 24 34 $20,886 $21,870
Hatch SEL 24 34 $21,077 $22,070
Sedan Titanium 24 34 $23,178 $24,270
Hatch Titanium 24 34 $23,369 $24,470
Hatch ST 22 30 $24,038 $25,170
Hatch Electric N/A N/A $27,810 $29,120
Hatch RS 19 26 $39,270 $41,120
Select style
Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Manual Sport 28 38 $17,319 $18,095
Automatic Sport 28 37 $18,321 $19,145
Manual Touring 25 34 $19,226 $20,090
Automatic Touring 27 36 $20,230 $21,140
Manual Grand Touring 25 34 $22,144 $23,145
Automatic Grand Touring 27 36 $23,149 $24,195
Select style
1.8T Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
1.8T Manual S 25 34 $20,818 $21,685
1.8T Automatic S 24 33 $21,874 $22,785
1.8T Manual 4MOTION S 22 31 $22,977 $23,935
1.8T Automatic 4MOTION S 22 29 $24,033 $25,035
2.0T Manual S 25 33 $25,357 $26,415
1.8T DSG S 22 30 $25,973 $27,055
1.8T Automatic SE 24 33 $26,227 $27,320
2.0T DSG S 24 32 $26,414 $27,515
1.8T Manual SE 21 30 $28,574 $29,765
1.8T Automatic SEL 24 33 $29,035 $30,245
2.0T Manual SE 25 33 $29,252 $30,470
1.8T DSG SE 22 30 $29,630 $30,865
2.0T DSG SE 24 32 $30,308 $31,570
2.0T Manual Automaticbahn 25 33 $33,667 $35,070
1.8T DSG SEL 22 30 $34,234 $35,660
2.0T DSG Automaticbahn 24 32 $34,723 $36,170
2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,193 $39,785
2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 22 29 $39,250 $40,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,323
$17,319
$20,073
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,950
$18,095
$20,910
Monthly Payment Estimate
$299 / month
$302 / month
$349 / 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
25 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 38 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.2 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
38 37.6 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.4 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 96.3 93.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.8 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 38.6 38.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 61.2 61
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 180.3 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.3 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.4 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.7 70.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.1 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 12.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 53.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 17.4
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 11.3
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 13.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2935 2899 2963
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100 140
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4500 150 @ 4000 184 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
992 NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 155 @ 6000 170 @ 4500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 28 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 31 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 38 34
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.38 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.95 2.12
Trans Order Code
44Z NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.03 0.86
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.36 3.78
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.85 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.30 1.27
Trans Type
5 6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.84 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.6 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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