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2012 Subaru Impreza

2012 Mazda MAZDA3

  2012 Subaru Impreza 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
MSRP
$17,495
$15,200
Invoice $16,734 $14,771
MPG
City/Highway
25/36 18/40
Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative. Read Full Review With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Gas mileage is up 30 percent
  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Drama-free, neutral handling
  • Large hatch and trunk openings
  • New styling is vastly improved

Dislikes:

  • Not the quietest compact in the field
  • Interior materials are nicer, but some trim still looks cheap
  • Subaru trails in infotainment options
  • If you don't need AWD, you get it anyway

Likes:

  • Excellent handling and stability
  • Class-leading steering feel
  • Nicely configured interior
  • Disc brakes on all models
  • Very refined powertrains (SkyActiv)

Dislikes:

  • Optional moonroof limits headroom
  • Base and s still have mediocre gas mileage
  • Road noise
  • Bluetooth reserved for top trims
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