2015 Mazda3 5-Door vs. 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback
Mazda has built their reputation by building stylish, fun-to-drive vehicles that offer a lot more than their MSRP would suggest. The 2015 Mazda3 5-Door is a great example of that. It has a roomy interior, a long list of standard features, and head-turning looks that set it apart in the compact car segment. To illustrate just how impressive this car is, we’ve compared it head to head with the 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback. Explore the details, and then plan a trip from Tampa to Cox Mazda in Bradenton to take your test drive of the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door.
Both of these models have several different four-cylinder engine options available. If power is your priority, you will find more of it by driving a 2015 Mazda3 5-door.
- 2015 Mazda3 Specs: 3S trims of the Mazda3 are powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder that puts out 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.
- 2015 Ford Focus Specs: The strongest available engine in the 2015 Ford Focus is a smaller 2.0L four-cylinder that can only deliver 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque.
Saving on gas is more important than ever. The 2015 Mazda3 5-Door with SKYACTIV technology makes the most out of every gallon, helping drivers go farther and spend less every month.
2015 Mazda3 5-door 3i trims have an EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 30 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The 3s trims with a stronger engine still deliver stellar economy with a rating of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Optional on 3s trims is the i-ELOOP system which captures energy normally lost during braking and uses it to boost fuel economy to 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
Fuel efficiency ratings for the 2015 Ford Focus don’t get any higher than 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
The interior of the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door offers ample amounts of space for driver, passengers, and cargo while highlighting sophisticated designs and quality materials. The inside of the 2015 Ford Focus is quite average by comparison.
The back of the Mazda3 5-Door delivers an impressive 47.1 cubic feet of total cargo space, making it easy to carry around lots of stuff even when you are driving a compact car. In comparison, the back of the 2015 Ford Focus only offers 44.8 cubic feet of total cargo space, forcing drivers to make compromises about how much they carry.
Edmunds has raved about the interior of the Mazda3 writing “The interior of the 2015 Mazda3 is one of the best in its class. All controls are intuitive, and the driver-oriented dashboard and console has everything within easy reach, so you aren’t searching around through button arrays or menu screens to accomplish basic tasks. Overall, the interior panels, upholstery and switches have a surprisingly expensive feel.”
Both of these models have received strong crash test ratings, but the few areas where they differ are revealing:
- The 2015 Mazda3 5-Door received a top rating of “Good” in the small-overlap frontal impact offset test conducted by the IIHS. This is one of the most common kinds of collisions, and also one of the most consequential.
- The 2015 Ford Focus received a rating of only “Acceptable” in the same test.
The base trim of the 2015 Mada3 5-door delivers more of the features that today’s drivers are looking for. Standard features include automatic climate controls and HD radio. Optional is a parking assistance feature that makes it faster and easier to fit into tight spaces. In order to get these same features in the 2015 Ford Focus, drivers will have to pay extra to get a higher trim level.
The 2015 Mazda3 5-Door is the Superior Choice
If you are looking for a compact car that can handle your daily commute, your weekend adventures, and all your travel in between, the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door is clearly the better choice. Find out just how much fun it is to drive by heading from Tampa to Cox Mazda located at 3101 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, FL. Our dealership is less than an hour south, and easy to reach by taking I-75. We are open seven days a week, so head in our direction whenever it’s convenient to your schedule.