North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Mazda 3 Near Chatsworth, GA

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 Mazda 3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus SEL/Titanium has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Focus and the Mazda 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Mazda 3:

 

Focus

Mazda 3

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

70 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

218

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

48%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

213 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

78 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Mazda 3:

 

Focus

Mazda 3

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

245

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

218 G’s

276 G’s

Hip Force

293 lbs.

465 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

72 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

269

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (160 vs. 155) than the Mazda 3 2.0’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 3 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

 

Focus

Mazda 3

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.1 sec

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 3 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Focus

Mazda 3

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.3 sec

22.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5 sec

5.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda 3 2.0 4-Door Manual (30 city/40 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Mazda 3:

 

Focus

Mazda 3

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Mazda 3, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mazda 3’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Mazda 3 4-Door pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback handles at .90 G’s, while the Mazda 3 Grand Touring 5-Door pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Focus is shorter than the Mazda 3, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Focus

Mazda 3

Sedan

178.7 inches

180.3 inches

Station Wagon

171.7 inches

175.6 inches

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Mazda 3 4-Door:

 

Focus

Mazda 3

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .9 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Mazda 3.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a larger trunk than the Mazda 3 4-Door (13.2 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Mazda 3 5-Door with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 20.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Mazda 3 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Focus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 3 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Mazda 3’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Focus has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Mazda 3 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Mazda 3’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Focus Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Focus owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Focus with a number “1” insurance rate while the Mazda 3 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Mazda 3 because typical repairs cost less on the Focus than the Mazda 3, including $55 less for a water pump, $115 less for an alternator, $29 less for front brake pads, $17 less for fuel injection, $101 less for a fuel pump, $82 less for front struts and $44 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus outsold the Mazda 3 by 79% during the 2016 model year.

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