2018 subaru impreza vs mazda3

Is it time to upgrade your daily drive? If you're in the market for a new compact sedan that's an outside the box option, the 2018 Subaru Impreza and 2018 Mazda3 deliver the styling and drivability that your daily commute requires. While there's a lot to like about these two compact sedans, there are several key differences when they're compared side-by-side. Learn which model has the advantage in our comparison below, and then get in touch with a product specialist at Grand Subaru by calling (888) 840-3934 to get details on pricing or availability.

For the purpose of our analysis, we've compared the 2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i to the 2018 Mazda3 Sport.

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. 2018 Mazda3: Performance

The new Subaru Impreza and new Mazda3 provide similar power and efficiency ratings, but what about drivability? Developed with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the Impreza ensures that you'll have greater traction under any weather conditions. The Mazda3 only offers front-wheel drive that lacks the traction that all-wheel drive provides. Check out the performance specs below, and then schedule a test drive for a new Impreza at Grand Subaru today!

2018 Subaru Impreza

Compact Sedan

2018 Mazda3

2.0L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder



152 HP


155 HP

145 lb.-ft.


150 lb.-ft.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive


Front Wheel Drive

28 MPG city
38 MPG highway

Fuel Efficiency

28 MPG city
37 MPG highway

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. 2018 Mazda3: Design Features

2018 subaru impreza vs mazda3 interior

Do you want a compact sedan that's built for your next adventure, or a model that will only help you through your daily drive? Engineered with roof crossbar mounting points, 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, and intelligent storage, the new Impreza is ideal for your next long weekend. Additional design features included with the 2018 Subaru Impreza are as follows:

  • 4.2-in LCD instrument cluster
  • Dual cup holders in the center console and bottle holders in each door
  • Body-color door handles and black folding side mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. 2018 Mazda3: Safety & Technology

Coming standard with the SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.5-in. multimedia system with smartphone integration, LCD touchscreen display, and Bluetooth® audio streaming, the Subaru Impreza has the connected technology designed to make your drive easy. The new Mazda3 isn't quite as well connected or as user friendly as the Impreza.

In addition to the differences in connected technology, the new Impreza also has advantages in safety features when compared to the Mazda3.

  • Brake Assist and Brake Override System are standard with the Impreza
  • Driver's knee airbag and seat-mounted front side-impact airbags are included on the Impreza
  • A rollover sensor is standard on the Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. 2018 Mazda3: The Verdict

test drive 2018 subaru impreza

The 2018 Subaru Impreza holds advantages over the 2018 Mazda3 in almost every important category, but there's an additional aspect to consider. The new Impreza starts at $18,495 MSRP, while the Mazda3 has a starting MSRP of $19,145. Get all-wheel drive capability, impressive design, and the latest in technology for less than a Mazda3 with a new Impreza from Grand Subaru near Chicago. Discover your new compact sedan in the inventory at our Subaru dealership and schedule a test drive appointment by calling (888) 840-3934.

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