2017 Ford Focus vs. 2017 Mazda3: Head to Head

2017 Ford Focus vs. 2017 Mazda3
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2017 Mazda3 vs. 2017 Focus: Which Should You Buy?

The 2017 Ford Focus and 2017 Mazda3 are two of the sportier entries in the compact car segment. Both cars are available in four-door sedan and four-door hatchback models, but the Ford’s model range is a bit wider; it includes the high-performance all-wheel-drive Focus RS.

Despite declining sales throughout the segment, competition is fierce, with strong contenders coming from the U.S., Asia, and Europe. If you’re looking for a compact car, there’s one that will fit your needs, and you’ll likely be able to score a great deal because of low demand.

In our rankings of compact cars, the recently refreshed Mazda3 holds a spot near the top, while the Focus holds a place about halfway down. The Mazda received its last major redesign in 2014, but the Focus hasn’t seen a major redesign since 2012.

Which car should you buy? We’ll break down the arguments on the following slides, using U.S. News & World Report scoring.

Keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

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