Compare 2014 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2014 Subaru Impreza vs 2014 Volkswagen Golf

2014 Mazda MAZDA3
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2014 Subaru Impreza
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2014 Volkswagen Golf
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 30 41 $17,495 $17,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 29 41 $16,474 $16,945
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,655 $18,445
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
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4-Door Automatic 2.0i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,021 $18,895
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,072 $22,195
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,315 $20,295
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,104 $17,895
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,815 $19,795
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,486 $19,395
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,537 $22,695
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,780 $20,795
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,978 $23,195
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,685 $21,795
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 33 $17,569 $18,395
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 33 $19,280 $20,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 33 $19,768 $20,795
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4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV 24 32 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 32 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition PZEV 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,766
$18,021
$29,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,795
$18,895
$30,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$397 / month
$315 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists. The 2014 Subaru Impreza remains the only option in its class to come equipped with standard all-wheel-drive, where many don't offer it all. It's tough, practical, and looks good, too. The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
41 mpg 36 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.2 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.5 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 52.2 -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 35.4 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 39.8 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.3 96.9 92.9
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 55.6 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 57.7 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 59.6 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.1 101.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 68.5 70
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.7 5
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 180.3 165.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 46
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 15.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 10.8 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.9 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15 P225/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2848 3010 3160
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 480
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6000 148 @ 6200 200 @ 5100
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4000 145 @ 4200 207 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
41 36 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 27 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 30 27
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 - 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.67 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 - 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 - 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.58 - 0.62 3.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.70 4.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 - 1.46
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Subaru Impreza Sedan Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.3 6.0 6.7
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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