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2016 Ford Focus ST vs. 2017 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda Mazda3 than the Ford Focus ST, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Ford Focus ST and the Mazda Mazda3 in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Mazda Mazda3 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Ford Focus ST, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Ford Focus ST is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda Mazda3. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Focus ST will cost more in transportation costs than the Mazda Mazda3.

Dimensions
The Ford Focus ST is a little wider than the Mazda Mazda3, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. The Ford Focus ST is slightly shorter than the Mazda Mazda3, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Ford Focus ST does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The Ford Focus ST has a larger turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Focus ST has a much more powerful engine than the Mazda Mazda3. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Ford Focus ST and the Mazda Mazda3. The Ford Focus ST has less cargo capacity than the Mazda Mazda3, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Ford Focus ST comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda Mazda3.

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2016 Ford
Focus ST

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MSRP*: $24,425

2017 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $19,095 - $23,895
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City MPG: 22 25 - 28
Highway MPG: 30 33 - 37
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $23,326 $18,275 - $22,862

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.