2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Ford Focus

red mazda3 compared to gray ford focus

If you’re searching for a compact car but want to avoid the two-seated, ultra-compact MX-5 Miata, you shouldn’t look any further than the 2018 Mazda3. The Mazda3 is the smallest sedan (and hatchback) produced by Mazda. Its compact stature only helps its sporty design and when you combine that with innovative technologies and great performance, you have the ideal sports car.

But how does it compare to others? Isn’t that what matters most? A car’s prestige is judged by how well it stacks up with the competition. Check out how the Mazda3 compares to the 2018 Ford Focus in our nifty table below. For fairness' sake, we are comparing the base versions of each model.

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2018 Mazda3 (base) Vs. 2018 Ford Focus (base)
$18,095 Starting MSRP $17,950
Available, with voice activation Integrated navigation system Not available
Available Blind spot monitoring Not Available
38 highway, 28 city, 31 combined EPA-estimated fuel economy 38 highway, 26 city, 31 combined

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Though the Focus is slightly less expensive, it doesn’t come with nearly the amount technological and interior amenities that the Mazda3 comes with. Other base features found on all 2018 Mazda3 models include MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment, cloth-trimmed sport seats, remote keyless entry, smart city brake support, dual USB inputs, and a push-button start. The base Sport features a SKYACTIV®-G 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. If you want to up the horsepower, you can do so by opting for the Touring or Grand Touring trims. They both come with a 2.5-liter, 184-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G DOHC 16-valve I4 engine. And, as noted above, the Mazda3 fuel economy can average into the upper 30s on the highway.

Available as a sedan and as a hatchback, the 2018 Mazda3 comes with remarkable versatility. Come down to Neftin Westlake Mazda and check it out for yourself. We promise that you will love the feel of the drive even more than you love how it looks. Come by and we will go over everything else you need to know, and we can even conduct more model comparisons. We hope to see you soon!


front, right view of red mazda3
right side view of dark gray mazda3
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