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2012 Mazda Mazda3 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 2012 Ford Focus
     
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man Mazdaspeed3 Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring
Sedan LS
  • Sedan LS
  • Sedan 1LT
  • Sedan ECO
  • Sedan 2LT
  • Sedan LTZ
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn SEL
  • 5dr HB SEL
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium

Prices

MSRP $15,200 $16,800 $16,500
Invoice $14,771 $16,212 $15,635
Avg. Paid $11,244 $12,684 $11,867

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.5 8.4 8.5
Critics' Rating 9.3 9.1 9.4
Performance 9.0 8.4 8.4
Interior 7.7 8.5 7.7
Operating Cost 8.1 8.4 8.4
Safety 9.2 9.7 9.3
Reliability 3.5 3.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy with Skyactiv engine
  • High-quality interior
  • Compliant ride
  • Fun to drive
  • Superb handling
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy
Cons
  • Cramped back seat
  • Confusing navigation system
  • Unimpressive fuel economy in base model
  • Complicated infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 25 City / 33 Hwy 25 City / 36 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 103.9 105.7 104.3
Length, Overall (in) 180.9 181.0 178.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 70.7 71.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.1 57.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2866 3093 2857

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 94.1 94.6 90.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.3 38.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 42.3 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 54.8 55.6
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 53.0 53.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.9 38.0
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 35.4 43.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 53.9 53.7
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 52.4 52.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.8 15.4 13.2

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6500 138 @ 6300 160 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 135 @ 4500 125 @ 3800 146 @ 4450
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.2 35.7 36.0

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Optional
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 36 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.6 12.4

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Compound Crank SLA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Optional Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard
Transmission Overdrive Switch Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.