The 2016 Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3 are among the best compact cars on the road. You’ll love their peppy, capable performance and modern tech features. If you’re wondering which model is right for you, check out our comparison guide. Here, we go over some of the biggest differences between these two models.
2016 Subaru Impreza vs Mazda 3
The 2016 Subaru Impreza takes the lead here, offering major security and peace of mind. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Impreza its top score of “Good.” The Impreza’s forward collision mitigation system can apply the brakes if it senses an impending crash.
With its own impressive crash test scores and high-tech gear, the Mazda 3 follows closely behind. The rearview camera makes backing up a snap. With the blind-spot monitoring system, the Mazda 3 alerts you to vehicles you might not be able to see.
This race was almost too close to call, but the Subaru Impreza offers a clear edge over the 3. It comes standard with all-wheel drive for enhanced performance over slippery surfaces. The 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine delivers a smooth, refined performance and impressive acceleration. It also earns excellent fuel economy – up to 27 city/36 highway mpg.
The Mazda 3 derives its power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides impressive performance and modern fuel economy. On the road, the 3 feels composed and confident. It’s easy to navigate sharp corners, thanks to its responsive steering.
Both compact cars make passenger comfort a priority, but the Mazda 3 comes out on top. Its handsome layout and ergonomic design makes it a great pick for lengthy commutes. Wherever you choose to sit, you’ll enjoy generous head- and legroom.
The 2016 Subaru Impreza proved difficult to beat in this important category. Its classy design and plush, supportive seating provides long-term comfort. Even tall passengers will appreciate the Impreza’s roomy design. In hatchback models, you can fill 52.4 cubic feet of max cargo space.
Once again, we favor the 2016 Subaru Impreza. It treats modern drivers to a wealth of smartphone integration features, including hands-free texting and music streaming. Keyless entry and ignition helps you make a quick getaway. The new Starlink Cloud apps keep you connected to the outside world with features like news and weather.
The Mazda 3 is close behind, with handy features like the heads-up display and adaptive cruise control. The central touchscreen display gives you quick access to infotainment options. With the nine-speaker Bose sound system, you’ll enjoy premium audio.
Learn More about the Subaru Impreza
Both the 2016 Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3 offer major appeal, but we like the 2016 Subaru Impreza best of all. On the road, you’ll enjoy all-wheel drive and a quick, responsive powertrain. Inside, the Impreza cabin is spacious and refined. High-tech convenience features help you save time and stay connected. You’ll also enjoy world-class passenger protection. Come in and test drive the Impreza today.