Mazda3 5-Door vs. Ford Focus SE 5-Door

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The 2013 Mazda3 5-Door vs. The 2013 Ford Focus SE 5-Door

Today’s hatchbacks are known for fuel economy and functionally, so when Tampa Bay area families compare two great models like the 2013 Mazda3 Hatchback and the Ford Focus SE Hatchback, they want to see how the interior dimensions and gas mileage numbers measure up. Cox Mazda in Bradenton has compiled the stats for you, and as you will see, the Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback is the clear winner.

Fuel Economy

Possibly the tightest competition between small cars is fuel economy. Engine size affects fuel economy more than any other attribute, as a 4-cylinder engine will almost always have better gas mileage than a 6-cylinder engine. However, even if two vehicles have the same size engine, they can have an impactful difference in gas mileage, and as a family-owned dealership, we know how differences like that can affect your wallet.

Both the new Mazda3 5-Door and the Ford Focus SE 5-Door have 4-cylinder 2.0 L engines. However, the Mazda model gets 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined, while the Ford gets 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. Not only does the Mazda3 cost less to drive, but the larger 14.5 gallon fuel tank in the Mazda3 will have you stopping less to fill up than the 12.4 gallon fuel tank in the Ford Focus SE. So, if you took both cars on the expressway and drove the whole time, the Mazda3 will go 551 miles and the Ford Focus SE will only go 446.4 miles. That’s a difference of over 100 miles!

Interior Space

One concern that a lot of Tampa area customers have is fitting all of their family members and all of their “stuff” comfortably in the vehicle. These two hatchbacks have significant differences when it comes to passenger space. A full three additional inches is available to second row passengers in the Mazda3, with 36.2 inches of legroom to the Ford’s 33.2 inches. Little kids might be fine with either one, but teens and your adult friends may be complaining about having to be in the back seat the entire trip.

Test Drive the Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback

The best way to find out what you’ll love about the Mazda3 is to test drive it at Cox Mazda in Bradenton! You’ll see why Edmunds.com said that the Mazda3 5-Door has “crisp handling, distinct style, and a quick, very fuel-efficient engine,” and why so many Tampa area drivers love this car. Visit our dealership and experience this incredible hatchback for yourself!