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Selected Style 4-Door Manual 2.0i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $16,734 $17,495
4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $17,651 $18,495
4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $17,936 $18,795
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $18,853 $19,795
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i 25 34 $17,011 $17,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i 27 36 $17,928 $18,795
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,214 $19,095
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,131 $20,095
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,517 $21,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,795 $21,895
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i 25 34 $17,475 $18,295
5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,198 $17,995
5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,115 $18,995
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i 27 36 $18,392 $19,295
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,678 $19,595
5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,400 $19,295
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,317 $20,295
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,595 $20,595
5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,306 $20,295
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,583 $20,595
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,223 $21,295
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,500 $21,595
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,982 $22,095
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,260 $22,395
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,423 $22,595
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,700 $22,895
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,734
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's 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. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 53.1 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.9 94.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.5 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.2 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.5 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 180.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 104.1 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 11.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2910 2866
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 100
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 145 @ 4200 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6200 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.33 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.89 3.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Subaru Impreza Sedan Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.7 5.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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