2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Subaru Impreza Comparison Brought To You From
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The 2018 Mazda3 is a compact car that’s both sporty and sophisticated. It’s outstanding driving dynamics and head-turning looks make it a favorite at dealerships like the Chandler Mazda Dealer. Another reason buyers love the Mazda3 is that it saves them money at the dealership as well as at the gas pump. The Mazda3 is versatile; You can buy it as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatch.

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is a competing compact car that’s also offered in sedan and hatchback body styles. If you’re in the market for a compact sedan or hatch and would like to know whether the Mazda3 or the Subaru Impreza is the better car, read on as we compare the two side by side.


Although the MSRP isn’t the price you would expect to pay at a dealership, we’ll use it as a way to compare the starting price of the two cars. 2018 Mazda3’s starting MSRP is $18,095, while the 2018 Subaru Impreza starts at $18,495. While it’s not a huge difference, the Mazda3 will save you a little bit of change.


The Mazda3 offers buyers a choice of two different four-cylinder engines. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. The Touring and Grand Touring trim levels are equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out for 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. The Impreza’s sole 2.0 flat-4 engine is underpowered. It only makes 152 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Efficiency

When gas prices go up, it’s nice to have a car that gets excellent fuel economy. The Mazda3 doesn’t disappoint. The 3’s base engine with the manual transmission gets EPA-rated 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway, while models with the automatic gearbox check in with 28 mpg city/37 mpg city. With the automatic transmission, the Impreza gets fuel economy on par with the Mazda3. However, the numbers are disappointing with the manual transmission. Sedan models get just 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway, while the hatchbacks are rated at 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway.

Interior Quality

You’ll want to spend time in the Mazda3’s inviting cabin, while the interior of the Impreza is lackluster. That’s why Edmunds rated the 2018 Mazda3’s interior quality with 4.5-out-of-5 stars, thanks to its luxurious look and feel as well as its high-quality materials. Edmunds gave the Impreza just 3.5 stars for its interior.


Todays’ advanced safety features keep drivers and passengers safe in ways that were unheard of a short time ago. The 2018 Mazda6 comes with standard safety features that are costly options in the 2018 Subaru Impreza, including blind-spot detection, LED taillights and lane keep assist. And the Madza3 has an optional parking assist system that isn’t even available with the Impreza.

In the End

While the 2018 Subaru Impreza is a good car, when you compare it with the 2018 Mazda3, it just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. There can be only one winner in this competition and the Mazda3 proves it’s the better compact car.