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Selected Style 4-Door Manual i
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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
5-Door Automatic i 20 26 $18,115 $18,995
4-Door Automatic i 20 26 $17,651 $18,495
5-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $19,049 $19,995
4-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $18,584 $19,495
5-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,966 $20,995
4-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,501 $20,495
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 Manual Outback Sport 20 27 $19,028 $19,995
5-Door Automatic Outback Sport 20 26 $19,945 $20,995
5-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,978 $27,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
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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 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 s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - 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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
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
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
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 356 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 - 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
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.76
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
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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