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2014 Mazda Mazda3 2014 Ford Focus 2014 Volkswagen Golf
4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium
  • 5dr HB ST
4dr HB Auto PZEV
  • 4dr HB Auto PZEV
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav

Prices

MSRP $17,995 $16,810 $19,995
Invoice $17,485 $15,843 $19,195
Avg. Paid $18,307 $17,104 $19,936

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 8.3 8.1
Critics' Rating 9.6 9.0 8.4
Performance 9.3 8.5 8.1
Interior 7.6 7.7 8.6
Safety 9.7 9.0 N/A
Reliability 3.0 2.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of available tech features
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Superb handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • TDI model’s superb fuel economy
  • Upscale interior with comfy seats
  • Nimble handling
Cons
  • Limited cargo space in sedan 
  • Confusing tech features
  • Base Golf’s low fuel economy

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Regular Unleaded I-5 2.5 L/151
MPG 30 City / 41 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy 23 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 104.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 178.5 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 71.8 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 57.7 58.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2848 2935 3102

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Chrome Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Remote Engine Start Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.3 90.7 92.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 38.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.9 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 55.6 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 53.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 33.2 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 53.7 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 53.5 52.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4 13.2

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Standard Standard
Hard Disk Drive Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Optional
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Optional
Cooled Rear Seat Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard
Split Bench Seat 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

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Supercharged Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-5
Displacement 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 2.5 L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 155 @ 6000 160 @ 6500 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 150 @ 4000 146 @ 4450 177 @ 4250
Transmission Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 36 35.8

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 30 26 (Est) 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 41 36 (Est) 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 12.4 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Short And Long Arm Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Optional Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Optional Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Optional Standard
Manual Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard