These days, prospective compact car shoppers are like to find more substance than ever behind the wheel of a small sedan or hatch--all without sacrificing the efficiency and practicality the greater Los Angeles area sometimes requires. In the end, however, it all comes down to a choice of how you want driving to matter, and the 2018 Mazda3 vs. Ford Focus comparison is one those enthusiastic about the experience always come back to. Both are efficient, fun, and practical in their own way, and if these two are on your short list, here's some insight into how they stack up.

Mazda3 Comparison

The 2018 Mazda3 and Ford Focus can both be had in sedan or hatchback body styles, and all four are considered attractive by industry reviewers and consumers alike. Truth be told, both will make sense to many a Alhambra or Pasadena customer from a value standpoint, although they do diverge in some key areas:

  • Exterior & Interior. In the realm of design, it's the flowing and dynamic look of the Mazda3's "Kodo" design language against the Focus's fun-yet-functional and aggressive appearance--and there's no shame in liking both. It's what's inside that counts, and in that, the Mazda hatch's 48 cu-ft of cargo and the Focus's five-door's 44 cu-ft is the first parting. Both cars can be equipped with leather at the top of the range, yet the Mazda3's infotainment functions are broader at the base level.
  • Performance. The Mazda and Ford both can be optioned with two engines. The entry mill on the Mazda3 has 155 horsepower and up to 28 city/38 mpg highway, where the Focus's 123-pony three-cylinder gets up to 30/40. Yet it's more likely customers will choose between the Mazda with the 184-hp and Ford with the 160-hp engines. But where the Focus beats out its rival by one or two mpg, the Mazda3's acceleration, handling, and general dynamics will never fail to leave a smile.
  • Features & Safety . Dual-zone climate control, full infotainment functionality, and premium amenities like leather upholstery and smartphone integration are available on both Mazda and Ford. Yet for all these goodies--and the Focus's practical-and-fun identity--it's the Mazda3 that wins out on the safety front. An IIHS Top Safety Pick +, the Mazda3 can be equipped with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing wipers at the base level, where the Focus only has a backup camera. Furthermore, Mazda's "i-ACTIVSENSE" suite has more driver assistance aids than a fully-loaded competitor.

If seeing these two cars side-by-side has helped you make a choice, or if you need additional guidance, why not find it where so many other Van Nuys and Hollywood drivers have? At our Mazda dealership in Glendale, CA, you can find answers to any questions you might have about model or make, and get the experience of "zoom zoom" on a test drive. Let us know if you're ready to schedule one!


Star Mazda

1401 S Brand Blvd
Directions Glendale, CA 91204

  • Sales: 888-439-1414
  • Service: 818-502-1434
  • Parts: 818-247-1883

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  1. Star Mazda

    1401 S Brand Blvd
    Glendale, CA 91204

    • Sales: 888-439-1414
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