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2012 Subaru WRX

2012 Mazda MAZDA3

  2011 Subaru Impreza WRX - STI 4-door Man Front Exterior View 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
Invoice N/A $14,771
N/A 18/40
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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. 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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  • Flat-four engines: power or more power
  • Surprising interior room
  • Good ride quality
  • Unbeatable handling
  • Confidence of all-wheel drive


  • Low fuel economy ratings
  • No automatic transmission option
  • STI can be a handful to drive
  • High price of the STI


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


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