2011 Mazda
6 i Sport
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus SE

2012 Ford Focus SE

9.9

Winner

Ford Focus SE

starting from

$18,195

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus SE

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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
36 mpg
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More airbags
6
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport

9.6

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Sport

starting from

$20,785
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 i Sport

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OK brakes
Disc
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Good range on the highway
555 miles
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Spacious front seats
55.5 ft3
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Spacious back seats
46.3 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus SE
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Winner: 6 i Sport
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  • The 6 i Sport has 4 more cupholders, 6 vs 2
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 555 miles vs 446 miles
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.5 ft3 vs 51.6 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • The Focus SE has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Fewer speakers
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Focus SE

Practicality

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 446 miles vs 555 miles The 6 i Sport has good highway range and the Focus SE is reasonable
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Cargo space 23.8 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.6 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 The 6 i Sport has roomy front seats and the Focus SE is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 6 The 6 i Sport has a good number of cupholders, but the Focus SE does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Focus SE has a good number of airbags, but the 6 i Sport is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The 6 i Sport has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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MSRP $18,195 vs $20,785 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 21 mpg The Focus SE has great city mileage and the 6 i Sport is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Horsepower 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.0 lb/hp vs 19.2 lb/hp The Focus SE has OK performance while the 6 i Sport gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.0 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Focus SE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 6 i Sport does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport Mazda
6 i Sport
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The Focus SE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Sport is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs 139 ft The Focus SE has extraordinary brakes, but the 6 i Sport is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 86 mph vs 17.0 s @ 85 mph The Focus SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 6 i Sport's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Grand Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE 6 i Sport vs Passat V6 SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 6 i Sport vs C300 Sport
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Sport vs Maxima SV
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Kia Rio RIO5 SX Focus SE vs Rio RIO5 SX
2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Toyota Prius Three Focus SE vs Prius Three
2012 Ford Focus S 2012 Ford Fusion S Focus S vs Fusion S
2012 Ford Focus SE 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Focus SE vs Accent GLS
2012 Ford Focus SEL 2011 Nissan Versa SL Focus SEL vs Versa SL

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