Compare Volkswagen Golf vs. Mazda Mazda3 vs. Ford Focus

Compare the Volkswagen Golf against the Mazda Mazda3 and Ford Focus. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Golf, Mazda3 and Focus stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Golf, Mazda3 and Focus. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Volkswagen Golf 2012 Mazda Mazda3 2012 Ford Focus
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2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
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
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 $17,995 $15,200 $16,500
Invoice $17,275 $14,771 $15,635
Avg. Paid $11,126 $10,144 $9,433

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 8.4 8.0
Critics' Rating 9.1 9.3 9.4
Performance 8.3 9.0 8.4
Interior 8.7 7.7 7.7
Cost to Own 9.2 9.2 9.4
Safety 9.7 9.2 9.3
Reliability 3.5 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Refined ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy with diesel engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy with Skyactiv engine
  • Superb handling
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy
Cons
  • Lackluster fuel economy with base engine
  • Cramped back seat
  • Confusing navigation system
  • Complicated infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 23 City / 33 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 103.9 104.3
Length, Overall (in) 165.4 180.9 178.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 69.1 71.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 57.9 57.7
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Canopy
Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof
Moonroof
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
T-Top
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2968 2866 2857

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard
Wire Wheel Covers

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
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Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera
Cruise Control Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights
HID headlights
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93 94.1 90.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.9 38.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.0 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.9 55.6
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.7 53.9
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.5 38.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 36.2 43.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 54.0 53.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.2 52.7
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.8 13.2
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette
CD Changer
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Optional
Premium Sound System
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
Dual Zone A/C
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup

Seats

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

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
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
ABS
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning
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Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Supercharged
Turbocharged
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/151 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500 160 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 177 @ 4250 135 @ 4500 146 @ 4450
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.7 34.2 36.0

Fuel

Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Optional
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 33 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5 12.4

Suspension

Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-link SLA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear

Transmission

Automatic Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Optional
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard Standard Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

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