2022 Mazda3 vs. 2022 Subaru Impreza comparison

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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.

2022 Mazda3

2022 Mazda3 in gray.

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.

Mazda3 Highlights

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

2022 Subaru Impreza in Anthracite Gray.

2022 Subaru Impreza in Anthracite Gray.

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
Starting price $21,150 $19,295
Popular powertrains
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)