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Compare 2015 Subaru WRX vs 2015 Mazda MAZDA3

2015 Subaru WRX
2015 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan CVT Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
WRX 4-Door Sedan CVT Limited 19 25 $29,332 $31,195
WRX 4-Door Sedan CVT Premium 19 25 $27,948 $29,695
WRX 4-Door Sedan Manual 21 28 $24,817 $26,295
WRX 4-Door Sedan Manual Limited 21 28 $28,232 $29,995
WRX 4-Door Sedan Manual Premium 21 28 $26,848 $28,495
WRX STI 4-Door Sedan 17 23 $32,635 $34,495
WRX STI 4-Door Sedan Launch Edition 17 23 $35,332 $37,395
WRX STI 4-Door Sedan Limited 17 23 $36,355 $38,495
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,332
$22,766
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,195
$23,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$520 / month
$397 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Subaru WRX is no quicker than before, but beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering are better than ever. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 35.8
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 42.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.1 96.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 54.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
180.9 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 10.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P205/60HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3450 2848
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 8 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2000 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 5600 155 @ 6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 41
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 -
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.50 - 1.03 3.55
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 3.59
Trans Type
8 6
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.35 3.89
Trans Order Code
CVT NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.60
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.45
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.71
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.02
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Subaru WRX Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.4 5.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 100
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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