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 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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2866
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA
Displacement
2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD -
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
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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