Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 Mazda 3 Near Avondale, AZ

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2016 Mazda 3

Safety Comparison

Both the Fiesta and the Mazda3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mazda3:





5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Compression

45 lbs.

70 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

213 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mazda3:



Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

276 G’s

Hip Force

413 lbs.

465 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches




New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda3i 4-Door Manual with its standard engine (31 city/43 hwy vs. 29 city/41 hwy).

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Mazda3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Mazda3:



70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Mazda3, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Mazda3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Fiesta is shorter than the Mazda3, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:




173.5 inches

180.3 inches

5-Door Hatchback

159.7 inches

175.6 inches

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback is quieter than the Mazda3i Grand Touring 5-Door (75 vs. 77 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has a larger trunk than the Mazda3 4-Door (12.8 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Mazda3 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda3 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Mazda3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Fiesta (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Mazda3’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $340 to $4814 less than for the Mazda3.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mazda3 isn’t in the top three.

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