Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Mazda 3 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 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 Mazda3 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Mazda3 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Focus and the Mazda3 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 Mazda3:

Focus

Mazda3

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 Mazda3:

Focus

Mazda3

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 almost 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’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (160 vs. 155) than the Mazda3i’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda3i 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Focus

Mazda3

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.1 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda3i 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Focus

Mazda3

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.3 sec

14.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

86.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Mazda3 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 Mazda3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Mazda3:

Focus

Mazda3

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda3 (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R18).

The Focus Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda3s’ 45 series tires.

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 Mazda3, 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 Mazda3’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Mazda3i Grand Touring 4-Door pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Hatchback handles at .90 G’s, while the Mazda3s 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 Mazda3, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Focus

Mazda3

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 Mazda3i Touring 4-Door:

Focus

Mazda3

At idle

37 dB

38 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 Mazda3.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Sedan has a larger trunk than the Mazda3 4-Door (13.2 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

The Focus Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Mazda3 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 Mazda3 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 Mazda3 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 Mazda3’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 Mazda3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Mazda3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus SE/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 Mazda3’s 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 Mazda3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus outsold the Mazda3 by almost two to one during the 2015 model year.

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