Compare 2012 Subaru WRX vs 2012 Mazda MAZDA3

2012 Subaru WRX
2012 Mazda MAZDA3
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5-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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,174
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,595
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.6 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - -
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 103.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 180.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
19.0 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
44.4 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
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)
11.6 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Channel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.7 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45R17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R17 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3208 2866
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
244 @ 4000 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 33
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.88 3.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Body Style
Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Subaru Impreza Wagon WRX Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 5.2
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
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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