Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2009 Subaru Impreza

2008 Mazda MAZDA3
2009 Subaru Impreza
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
Mazda3 5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
Mazda3 5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
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4-Door Automatic GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,510 $26,995
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic i 20 26 $17,651 $18,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,501 $20,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,349 $22,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual i 20 27 $16,734 $17,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $18,584 $19,495
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic GT 19 24 $25,978 $27,495
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic Outback Sport 20 26 $19,945 $20,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic i 20 26 $18,115 $18,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic i w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $19,966 $20,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic i w/Sat/Nav 20 26 $21,816 $22,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual Outback Sport 20 27 $19,028 $19,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual i 20 27 $17,198 $17,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual i w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $19,049 $19,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,861
$25,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,795
$26,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$247 / month
$450 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States. Whether as a sedan or wagon (hatchback), the 2009 Subaru Impreza has a distinct personality—bringing good performance and safety—that sets it apart from other small cars.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 87.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 52.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 36.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 103.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 58.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 11.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - 10.3 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
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 - 10.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Channel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 16.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 T125/70D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2811 3053
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 356
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 226 @ 2800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 224 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl Turbocharged
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.82 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.65 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Subaru Impreza Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Upper A-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Lower L-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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