Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer vs 2012 Subaru WRX

2012 Mazda MAZDA3
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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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2012 Subaru WRX
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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
Select style
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD ES
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD ES 25 34 $16,277 $16,995
4-Door Sedan CVT FWD ES 26 34 $17,139 $17,895
5-Door Sportback FWD ES 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD GT 22 31 $19,007 $19,845
4-Door Sedan CVT AWD SE 22 29 $19,342 $20,195
4-Door Sedan CVT FWD GT 23 30 $19,965 $20,845
5-Door Sportback FWD GT 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
4-Door Sedan TC-SST AWD Ralliart 18 25 $26,813 $27,995
4-Door Sedan Manual GSR 17 22 $33,038 $34,495
4-Door Sedan TC-SST MR 17 23 $36,104 $37,695
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4-Door Manual WRX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual WRX 17 25 $24,171 $25,595
5-Door Manual WRX 19 25 $24,174 $25,595
4-Door Manual w/Navigation WRX Premium 17 25 $26,479 $28,095
4-Door Manual WRX Premium 17 25 $26,479 $28,095
5-Door Manual WRX Premium 19 25 $26,482 $28,095
4-Door Manual w/Navigation WRX Limited 17 25 $27,402 $29,095
4-Door Manual WRX Limited 17 25 $27,402 $29,095
5-Door Manual WRX Limited 19 25 $27,405 $29,095
4-Door Manual WRX STI 17 23 $32,263 $34,095
4-Door Manual WRX STI w/Navigation 17 23 $32,263 $34,095
5-Door Manual WRX STI 17 23 $34,123 $36,095
4-Door Manual w/Navigation WRX STI Limited 17 23 $35,379 $37,445
4-Door Manual WRX STI Limited 17 23 $35,379 $37,445
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,771
$16,277
$24,171
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,200
$16,995
$25,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$283 / month
$427 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer family has a little more panache than most compacts, but it's missing some of the finer details. 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.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 54.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 54.7 54.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 36.9 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.3 53.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.3 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 53.3 54.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 93.0 94.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 36.1 33.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.6 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.5 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
180.9 180.0 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 58.7 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.2 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 103.7 103.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 69.4 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.2 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 12.3 11.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-Channel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - 8.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD - 11.6 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 15.6 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.9 15.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 32.8 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 3.09 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD - 38.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60R16 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60R16 P235/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2866 2866 3208
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 - TBD - 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 130 110
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA 4B11 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 152 @ 6000 265 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 146 @ 4250 244 @ 4000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.33 1.30
Trans Type
5 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.76 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.58 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 1.91 1.88
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.94 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.83 3.17
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Mitsubishi Lancer Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.79 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 6.7 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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