2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Ford Focus
Looking for a smaller fuel-efficient sedan or hatchback? Mazda and Ford offer two of the market’s leading sporty compact options. The 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Ford Focus come in both sedan and hatchback body styles and outpace their competition in terms of style, features, and value. But how do they do when pitted against one another? Though both are high-quality models, the 2018 Mazda3 outshines its Ford counterpart.
In the compact segment, price is often among the most important considerations for buyers. The base models of the 2018 Focus and 2018 Mazda3 both come in at around $18,000. Technically, the Ford Focus is slightly cheaper, but U.S. News & World Report points out that Mazda offers way more standard features at the price point.
Mazda is all about high-quality interiors, so it is no surprise that the 2018 Mazda3 beats out the 2018 Ford Focus in terms of interior. For starters, Mazda uses more luxurious materials for the interior, from seating to trim. Mazda’s seats are also more comfortable seats — U.S. News & World Report specifically points to nicer armrests and a standard tilting and telescoping steering wheel that the Focus does not offer.
The 2018 Mazda3 also has more (and better) interior features than the 2018 Focus. For example, the Mazda3 boasts a superior sound system with six speakers, compared to the Focus model’s four. The 2018 Mazda3 also has a better functioning infotainment system (Mazda Connect) than the 2018 Ford Focus (Ford Sync) because of ease of use and better responsiveness. That infotainment system is access via a 7-inch touch screen in the Mazda3; the Focus only offers a 4.2-inch touch screen.
If you care about cargo space in your compact hatchback, go with the Mazda3. With rear seats folded, the 2018 Mazda3 offers up to 47.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity. You’ll only get 43.9 cubic feet with seats folded in the Ford Focus.
Both the 2018 Mazda3 and 2018 Ford Focus earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, the Mazda3 earned all Good (top) scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) while the Ford Focus earned mostly Good scores and one Acceptable one for the Small Overlap Front Test, which resulted in an overall lower score.
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*Up to an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG for 2019 Mazda CX-9 FWD models. AWD models, 20 city/26 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.