Compare 2015 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2015 Subaru Impreza vs 2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Mazda MAZDA3
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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 $24,963 $26,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,816 $24,895
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 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 25 37 $23,961 $25,045
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 25 37 $22,814 $23,845
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 $25,443 $26,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,296 $25,395
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
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 26 35 $24,438 $25,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 26 35 $23,290 $24,345
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4-Door CVT 2.0i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan 4-Door CVT 2.0i 28 37 $18,298 $19,195
Impreza Sedan 4-Door CVT 2.0i Limited 28 37 $21,164 $22,295
Impreza Sedan 4-Door CVT 2.0i Premium 28 37 $19,962 $20,995
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,381 $18,195
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i 28 37 $18,763 $19,695
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Limited 28 37 $21,630 $22,795
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Premium 28 37 $20,427 $21,495
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Sport Limited 28 37 $22,070 $23,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,869 $21,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,846 $18,695
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 24 33 $19,952 $20,995
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2-Door HB Automatic TSI S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
Golf 2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $24,850 $25,885
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,286 $27,380
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,730 $28,885
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,166 $30,380
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,229 $26,280
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,673 $27,785
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,109 $29,280
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,899 $31,145
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $31,334 $32,640
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,426 $26,485
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,862 $27,980
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,306 $29,485
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,742 $30,980
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,843 $30,045
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $30,277 $31,540
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,370 $25,385
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,806 $26,880
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,250 $28,385
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,686 $29,880
Golf R 4-Door HB 23 30 $35,131 $36,595
Golf R 4-Door HB w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $37,527 $39,090
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI S 25 35 $21,595 $22,495
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI SE 25 35 $25,915 $26,995
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI SEL 25 35 $28,171 $29,345
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI S 31 42 $24,667 $25,695
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI SE 31 42 $27,931 $29,095
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI SEL 31 42 $30,187 $31,445
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI S 31 43 $23,611 $24,595
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI SE 31 43 $26,875 $27,995
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI SEL 31 43 $29,131 $30,345
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TSI S 25 36 $20,539 $21,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,766
$18,298
$19,579
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,795
$19,195
$20,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$397 / month
$320 / month
$340 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest. The 2015 Subaru Impreza is tough, practical, and relatively attractive, offering a small all-wheel-drive package for those who need it without the big fuel-economy penalty it used to bring. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
41 mpg 37 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 35.4 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 39.8 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.3 96.9 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 55.6 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.2 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.5 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 52.2 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.4 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 180.5 167.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 57.7 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.1 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 68.5 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 22.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 52.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.9 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2848 3021 2961
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6 15 X 6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 480
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4000 145 @ 4200 200 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6000 148 @ 6200 170 @ 4500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 31 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
41 37 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 28 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 - 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.58 - 0.62 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.70 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 - 1.56
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 - 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.67 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 - 2.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Subaru Impreza Sedan Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 5.7 (Est) 6.0 (Est)
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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