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2009 Subaru Impreza
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4-Door Manual i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual i 20 27 $16,734 $17,495
5-Door Manual i 20 27 $17,198 $17,995
4-Door Automatic i 20 26 $17,651 $18,495
5-Door Automatic i 20 26 $18,115 $18,995
4-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $18,584 $19,495
5-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $19,049 $19,995
5-Door Manual Outback Sport 20 27 $19,028 $19,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,501 $20,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,966 $20,995
5-Door Automatic Outback Sport 20 26 $19,945 $20,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,349 $22,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,816 $22,995
4-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,510 $26,995
5-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,978 $27,495
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring *Ltd Avail 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic * i Touring *Ltd Avail 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,734
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Whether as a sedan or wagon (hatchback), the 2009 Subaru Impreza has a distinct personality—bringing good performance and safety—that sets it apart from other small cars. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.9 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 54.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.9 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.6 94.3
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.5 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.5 69.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 11.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Channel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.39 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D17 T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3053 2780
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
356 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4400 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 32
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.76
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Subaru Impreza Sedan Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double wishbone E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Upper A-Arm w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Lower L-Arm w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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