Compare 2012 Subaru WRX vs 2012 Mazda MAZDA3

2012 Subaru WRX
2012 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
N/A
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$0 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Both the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are fun, quick, and tractable in any driving situation; they're large enough for a family, remarkably practical, and their only downsides are the lack of an automatic and lousy fuel economy. 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
City
N/A mpg 25 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
- 42.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 94.1
Second Leg Room (in)
- 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
- 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.9
Passenger Capacity
- 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
- 180.9
Height, Overall (in)
- 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
- 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
- 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 4.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
- Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
- Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
- NA
Brake ABS System
- 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 34.2
Steering Type
- Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
- P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
- T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
- NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- NA
Rear Tire Size
- P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
- NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 2866
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
- Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
- Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
- 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100
Engine
Displacement
- 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
- Gas I4
Fuel System
- Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
- NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 33
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again
- NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.84
Trans Order Code
- NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
- Manual
Drivetrain
- Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
- - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.31
Trans Type
- 5
Summary
Body Style
- 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
- Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
- Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 5.2
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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