Indiana consumers searching for an affordable compact car may take a look at the 2017 Ford Focus and Mazda 3—both strong competitors in the compact segment—but a close examination will reveal that the Focus is the superior vehicle, offering features and performance the Mazda 3 just can’t match.
Small cars aren’t as popular as they were a few years ago, as lower gas prices have made consumers more open to buying SUVs. There’s still a demand for comfortable smaller vehicles, however, and the new Ford Focus and Mazda3 are locked in fierce competition in their market.
While the 2017 Mazda3 has several admirable qualities, it is eclipsed by the feat of automotive engineering that is the Ford Focus. Now available at Ford dealerships, the 2017 Ford Focus outclasses the 2017 Mazda3 on several fronts.
- Performance – The new Mazda3 offers a standard 155 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder standard, and buyers can also upgrade to a 184 horsepower 5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Focus’s base engine edges the Mazda 3, offering a 160 horsepower 2-liter engine. Upgrades for the Focus blow the Mazda 3 out of the water. Buyers can opt for a turbocharged 2-liter engine that cranks out 252 horsepower or a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that generates 350 horsepower. For drivers interested in passing power, the Focus is the hands-down winner.
- Technology – The Focus outstrips the new Mazda3 in terms of onboard technology, offering a more comprehensive suite of options. The new Focus can sync up with your Android or Apple phone, allowing you safe control of various functions of your devices, including your music library. Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is one of the best-regarded in the industry.
- Fuel efficiency – Even though the Focus has larger, more powerful engines than the Mazda 3, it still comes out on top in terms of fuel efficiency. The Ford Focus gets 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The Mazda3 gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.
- Cargo space – The Ford Focus is a better vehicle for grocery getting and vacationing, thanks to its larger trunk space. The Mazda3 offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Focus offers 13.2 cubic feet. That doesn’t seem like a lot until you try squeezing a few suitcases into the trunk.
- Price – The Ford Focus offers one of the most affordable starting prices for a vehicle on the market. You can purchase a base-level Focus for $16,775, while a base-level Mazda3 costs $17,845. At upper trim levels, the Focus retains its price advantage. A decked-out Focus will set you back just $23,575, while a fully loaded Mazda3 costs $24,195.
Indianapolis Ford dealers at Community Ford can help you find the right Ford Focus or other Ford vehicle for you. Community Ford has a large selection and a top-notch sales and customer service department. Come see the difference today at Community Ford.