2013 Ford Focus ST vs Mazdaspeed3 – Performance specs shootout

By Peter Chubb - May 20, 2013

When it comes to hot hatches, the Mazdaspeed3 has been one of the best on the market, but Ford has never been far behind, and their 2013 Ford Focus ST could very well challenge Mazda’s new model. The reason we have high hopes for Ford’s latest model is because it’s turbocharged and has many improvements, so how does it compare?

We’ve come across an informative video review where we get to see a 2013 Ford Focus ST vs Mazdaspeed3, where the performance specs are compared to see which of the two has the edge. So let’s look at the all-important facts first.

2013 Ford Focus ST performance specs

A 2.0L Ecoboost engine powers the 2013 Ford Focus ST, which is able to produce 252 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 5.9 seconds. Compare this to the 2013 Mazdaspeed3, with its 2.4-liter engine producing 263 horsepower, although the acceleration is a little slower with a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds.

2013 Mazdaspeed3 performance specs

The reason for this is because the Mazdaspeed3 weighs 3281 pounds, while the ST weighs in at 3223 pounds. The Mazdaspeed3 will achieve 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, compared to 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the ST.

The 2013 Mazdaspeed3 looks angry and aggressive, which is what a hot-hatch should be. The ST looks a little more reserved, although that larger grille looks as though it’s ready to suck up the road and spit it out the back.

2013 Ford Focus ST vs Mazdaspeed3 specs

Above we have side-by-side comparison figures of these two vehicles, along with an extensive video review below to see which out of the 2013 Ford Focus ST and Mazdaspeed3 comes out on top.

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  • Alex

    It seems that the 0-60 times for the MS3 and the ST depend on whom you ask. I’ve read the MS doing 0-60 in 5.7s vs. 5.8s for the ST. (see MotorTrend’s review of both cars). Same of the MPG – some have the MS3 doing 27MPG on the highway, while the ST at 23MPG. Some say the MS3 has a “goofy” look, while the ST has a bass-mouth, cat-fish look…. In the end, what matters is what the driver likes/sees in their MS3 or ST, and few owners will ever say negative things about their “baby”.

  • Chris

    The tires are definitely the letdown on the 3 and will more than make up the difference on lap time – . Great review!

  • really good test. these guys really know there stuff