2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Ford Focus

Passenger side exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda3 on the left "vs" front exterior view of a black 2018 Ford Focus

Finding an affordable, efficient, and stylish sedan is becoming more and more difficult. It seems like either they have the style of a shoebox or the efficiency of a tank and cost about the same too. Two of the most appealing and accommodating sedans currently on the market are the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Ford Focus. Eye-catching exteriors and efficient engines under the hood make the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Ford Focus easy to get excited about. Deciding between two similarly desirable vehicles like the Mazda3 and the Ford Focus can be a difficult decision but our comprehensive comparison below can help you figure out which vehicle meets your needs better.

2018 Mazda3


2018 Ford Focus

2.0L SKYACTIV®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder
155 HP/ 150 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 160 HP/ 146 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-MT 6-Speed Manual Transmission Standard Transmission 5-Speed Manual
27 MPG City/ 37 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 25 MPG City/ 34 MPG HWY

Compare the 2018 Mazda3 & the 2018 Ford Focus

As you can see, the standard drivetrain of the 2018 Mazda3 offers more torque and provides better EPA estimated fuel efficiency than the 2018 Ford Focus. Of course, both the Mazda3 and the Ford Focus offer an upgrade from their standard engines. The 2018 Mazda3 makes a 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-Cylinder available and the 2018 Focus offers a 1.0L EcoBoost® I-3 engine. The 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G engine provides substantially more horsepower and torque while the EcoBoost I-3 does achieve better overall fuel economy.

The interiors of the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Ford Focus have seating for five people but the Mazda3 has 96.3 cubic feet of passenger volume while the Ford Focus only has 90 cubic feet. The 2018 Mazda3 also provides passengers with more front row headroom, shoulder room, and hip room than the 2018 Focus. Standard features found inside the cabin of the 2018 Mazda3 include a 7” Color Touchscreen Display, a 6-Speaker Stereo, Remote Keyless Entry, and Push-Button Start. The standard touchscreen of the 2018 Ford Focus is only 4.2” and the standard stereo only has 4 speakers. With better standard features and a more powerful and efficient standard drivetrain, the 2018 Mazda3 is the easy choice over the 2018 Ford Focus. Take the 2018 Mazda3 for a test drive at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN today.