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2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Ford Focus

Mazda made its bones in the United States by providing efficient sedans and hatchbacks that remained affordable without sacrificing engaging handling characteristics. The focus of many Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers may have shifted from models like the Mazda3 to the automaker’s latest selection of crossover SUVs, but that hasn’t stopped Mazda from continuing to elevate the segment. An examination of two of the best models in the compact class of the global automotive industry will show potential buyers they have a lot more options to consider. A comparison of the 2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Ford Focus reveals a few interesting things. Gwatney Mazda of Germantown currently has several versions of the 2018 Mazda3 in its inventory, representing almost every trim grade it has to offer. Customers can schedule a test drive with the 2018 Mazda3 today by calling, 833-241-6312.

The current generation of the Mazda3 that was introduced a few years ago and it remains one of the most recognizable models in its class. Beyond a similar powertrain, the 2018 Mazda3 and 2018 Ford Focus share the same available body style options - sedan and hatchback - for potential buyers to consider. Among the areas where the 2018 Mazda3 was able to outscore the 2018 Focus in the eyes independent expert reviews are available safety gear. For the current model year, Mazda has expanded the availability of forward collision warning to the base trim. On the other side of the equation, the 2018 Focus doesn’t offer a similar set of active safety systems until a buyer reaches its top-of-the-line trim grade. Additionally, the 2018 Mazda3 scored very well in terms of responsive feedback through the steering wheel as well an interior that is both functional and attractive.


2018 Mazda3


2018 Ford Focus

2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
155/150 Horsepower/Torque 160/146
Six-speed Auto Transmission Five-speed Manual
28/37 Fuel Economy 25/34


Performance Specs

At the base level, it’s true that the 2018 Ford Focus offers a bit more horsepower than the corresponding version of the 2018 Mazda3. However, the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine used by the 2018 Mazda3 still make 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The latter of those two numbers outpace the torque produced by the Focus. When the current Mazda3 is equipped with the available SKYACTIV®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, it will record 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway.

Customers who are looking for a bit more power can choose the Touring or Grand Touring trims that have a turbocharged version of the four-cylinder engine that will make up to 184 horsepower. There are no engine options available with the 2018 Ford Focus that will match this level of power output.



A left profile photo of the 2018 Mazda3 sedan.
An interior photo of the front seats in the 2018 Mazda3.
A rear left quarter photo of the 2018 Mazda3 hatchback.
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