The Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza are compact cars with many similarities, but also a few significant differences. Both are available as a sedan or hatchback, are available with a manual transmission and offer four-wheel drive (standard on Subaru, optional on Mazda).
Let’s take a closer look at these compact cars and find the right one for you.
The Mazda3 is a top choice in compact cars for its premium interior, driving pleasure and many standard and optional features. Prices start at $21,150 for the sedan and $23,100 for the hatchback.
Premium interior: The Mazda3 has one of the most beautiful interiors in its class. The interior design is luxurious and the quality of the materials is excellent, especially in the upper trim. Every Mazda3 has a beautiful interior, but the top trim brings luxury with features such as leather seats, a head-up display, Bose audio and the Traffic Jam Assist driver.
Fun to drive: Most Mazda3 models have a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a healthy 186 horsepower. It fits well with this well-tuned chassis, giving the car quick acceleration and maneuverability, yet comfortable on the highway. The available turbo engine delivers up to 250 horsepower and adds a lot of excitement to this compact.
Standard safety technology: The Mazda3 is well equipped with standard safety features that are not standard in the Impreza. The i-Activsense suite includes automatic emergency braking, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam and driver attention monitoring. Optional safety features include blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights and a parking camera system with environmental vision.
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2022 Subaru Impreza
The Subaru Impreza is the most affordable new four-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle in America, and it’s a good value in compact cars. Prices start at $19,295 for the sedan and $19,795 for the hatchback.
Subaru Impreza Highlights
Budget prices: The Subaru Impreza is more affordable than the Mazda3, especially when you compare the starting prices of the hatchback models. If you like the idea of a new compact car with AWD starting at less than $20,000, the Impreza delivers great value for money.
Standard four-wheel drive: Standard AWD is one of the Impreza’s greatest assets. It’s worth noting, though, that the Mazda3 is one of the few rivals with optional AWD, albeit at an additional cost. AWD makes the Impreza an excellent car for snowy climates.
More space in the back seat: The Impreza has some extra leg and shoulder room in the rear compared to the Mazda3. If you regularly have backseat passengers or are looking for a small family car, your passengers will appreciate the extra space in the Impreza.
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Sedan and hatchback bodies, same warranty, available manual transmission, good safety scores, comparable sizing
The Subaru Impreza is the economical choice between these two compacts because of its standard AWD, a lower starting price and slightly lower fuel consumption. However, if you have some extra space in your budget, the Mazda3 has a nicer interior and is more pleasant to drive than the Impreza.
|2022 Mazda3||2022 Subaru Impreza|
|Engine||2.5-litre 4-cylinder||2.0-litre 4-cylinder|
|horsepower||186 hp @ 6,000 rpm||152 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Couple||186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Transfer||6-speed automatic||CVT automatic|
|Fuel economy||26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg||28 city/36 highway/32 combined mpg|
|Also available||2.0-litre 4-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder, 6-speed manual, AWD||5-speed manual transmission|
|Basic warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|wheelbase||107.3 inches||105.1 inches|
|Total length||183.5 inches (sedan), 175.6 inches (hatchback)||182.7 inches (sedan), 176.2 inches (hatchback)|
|Width||70.7 inches||70.0 inches|
|Height||56.9 inches||57.3 inches|
|turning diameter:||37.3 feet||35.4 feet|
|Headroom, front||38.0 inches||39.8 inches|
|Headroom, rear||37.2 inches||37.2 inches|
|Legroom, front||42.3 inches||43.1 inches|
|Legroom, rear||35.1 inches||36.5 inches|
|Shoulder room, front||55.7 inches||56.7 inches|
|Shoulder room, rear||53.5 inches||55.6 inches|
|Freight volume||13.2 cubic feet (sedan), 20.1 cubic feet (hatchback)||12.3 cubic feet (sedan), 20.8 cubic feet (hatchback)|