Compare 2016 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2016 Subaru Impreza vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf

2016 Mazda MAZDA3
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2016 Subaru Impreza
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2016 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 $22,576 $23,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,083 $18,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $20,185 $21,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,678 $25,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,723 $24,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,571 $22,545
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,081 $17,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $19,183 $20,045
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 25 37 $23,673 $24,745
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $18,753 $19,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,856 $21,795
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,389 $25,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $17,748 $18,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,851 $20,745
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 26 35 $24,343 $25,445
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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 $18,390 $19,295
Impreza Sedan 4-Door CVT 2.0i Limited 28 37 $21,442 $22,595
Impreza Sedan 4-Door CVT 2.0i Premium 28 37 $20,055 $21,095
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,473 $18,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i 28 37 $18,855 $19,795
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Limited 28 37 $21,907 $23,095
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Premium 28 37 $20,520 $21,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Sport Limited 28 37 $22,347 $23,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door CVT 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,962 $22,095
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,938 $18,795
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 24 33 $20,046 $21,095
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2-Door HB Automatic TSI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic TSI 25 36 $18,811 $19,595
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,848 $20,675
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 N/A N/A
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TSI 25 37 $17,755 $18,495
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,793 $19,575
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,424 $21,275
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,721 $22,625
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $24,217 $25,225
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,328 $27,425
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 N/A N/A
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 N/A N/A
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 N/A N/A
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $19,368 $20,175
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,051 $26,095
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg 25 33 $26,487 $27,590
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,961 $29,125
Golf GTI 2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg 25 33 $29,394 $30,620
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $23,995 $24,995
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg 25 34 $25,431 $26,490
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,904 $28,025
Golf GTI 2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg 25 34 $28,338 $29,520
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,986 $31,235
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg 25 33 $31,421 $32,730
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,627 $26,695
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg 25 33 $27,063 $28,190
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,537 $29,725
Golf GTI 4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg 25 33 $29,971 $31,220
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,930 $30,135
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg 25 34 $30,365 $31,630
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,571 $25,595
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg 25 34 $26,007 $27,090
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,481 $28,625
Golf GTI 4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg 25 34 $28,914 $30,120
Golf R 4-Door HB DSG 23 30 $35,281 $36,750
Golf R 4-Door HB DSG w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $37,435 $38,995
Golf R 4-Door HB Manual 22 31 $34,225 $35,650
Golf R 4-Door HB Manual w/DCC/Nav 22 31 $36,379 $37,895
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI Limited Edition 25 35 $23,995 $24,995
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI S 25 35 $21,817 $22,725
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI SE 25 35 $25,944 $27,025
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Automatic TSI SEL 25 35 $28,210 $29,385
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI S 31 42 N/A N/A
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI SE 31 42 N/A N/A
Golf SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI SEL 31 42 N/A N/A
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI S 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI SE 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI SEL 31 43 N/A N/A
Golf SportWagen 4-Door Manual TSI S 25 36 $20,761 $21,625
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,576
$18,390
$18,811
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,595
$19,295
$19,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$393 / month
$322 / month
$327 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest. The 2016 Subaru Impreza is the compact car to choose when you require all-wheel drive for year-round traction but don't want or need the gas-mileage hit that comes with boxy SUVs and rugged trail ability. Between base, e-Golf electric, and high-performance GTI and Golf R versions, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf lineup doesn't forget about the space-and-versatility fundamentals of hatchback—or SportWagen—ownership.
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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 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 -
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.4 61
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
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.9 11.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8 35.8
Tires
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
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2930 3021 2961
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 480
Engine
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4000 145 @ 4200 199 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 31 29 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
41 37 36 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 28 25 (Est)
Transmission
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 3.19
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Subaru Impreza Sedan Volkswagen Golf
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
5.2 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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