2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs Mazda3 Hatchback Small Car Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

In the world of small hatchbacks, the Subaru Impreza is unique. It has the style and undeniable sense of fun that makes small hatches so coveted, but it also throws in the quality and longevity that Subaru is known for. One of the toughest competitors is the 2020 Mazda3, and we admit that this hatchback is a formidable opponent. But when you take a closer look at how these two vehicles compare, you'll see just why we think the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door is the better choice.

2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Interior

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs Mazda3 Hatchback: Space & Capacities

When it comes to your comfort, it's hard to overstate the importance of space. The cabin of the 2020 Mazda3 has a modest 92.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. By comparison, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has 100.9 cubic feet! This means that you'll get more legroom, headroom, and shoulder room in both rows of the Subaru Impreza. Not only does the 2020 Subaru Impreza have more interior cargo space, but it also offers available factory roof rails--a feature that you won't find on the 2020 Mazda3.

Subaru Impreza 5-Door driving down a road

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs Mazda3 Hatchback: Performance

It's true that the engine in the Mazda3 is more powerful than that of the Subaru Impreza 5-Door, but power isn't everything. To start, the Impreza 5-Door is equipped with a BOXER® engine, which gives the hatchback a low center of gravity for impeccable balance. The Impreza 5-Door has better fuel efficiency, as well as four-wheel independent suspension. The front MacPherson strut type suspension with stabilizer bar and rear double-wishbone suspension with lateral link pillow-ball joint bushing and stabilizer bar give the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door a remarkably refined drive. While the 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback also has independent MacPherson strut front suspension, its rear suspension is a semi-independent torsion beam axle. This type of suspension provides a harsher ride than fully independent suspension.

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Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs Mazda3 Hatchback: Safety

Both the Mazda3 and the Subaru Impreza 5-Door received safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and they're both equipped with exceptional safety features. But the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has one notable advantage: all-wheel drive. Every 2020 Subaru Impreza is equipped with the same Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that gives Subaru SUVs their off-road prowess. This means that you'll get exceptional traction even on dirt roads and slick streets. The 2020 Mazda3 is front-wheel drive only.

Subaru Impreza touchscreen

Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs Mazda3 Hatchback: Value

When you look at things like interior features, you'll notice that the 2020 Mazda3 has much more advanced features on the entry level than the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door does. But there's a reason for this: the 2020 Mazda3 has a starting MSRP that's over $4,500 greater than that of the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. With the exception of the top-of-the-line trim level, every Impreza 5-Door model has a lower starting MSRP than the entry-level Mazda3. This means that you can upgrade your Subaru Impreza 5-Door to include many of the same features as the Mazda3 and still save money.

In addition to this, you're likely to get more years of enjoyment from the 2020 Subaru Impreza. 97% of Subaru Impreza cars sold within the past decade are still on the road today, making the Impreza the longest-lasting vehicle in its class. If you're thinking of selling in a few years, the Subaru Impreza is once again the better choice, with a higher ALG residual value than the Mazda3.

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2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback
$19,195 Starting MSRP* $23,700
36 Highway / 28 City (MPG) Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission) 35 Highway / 26 City (MPG)
152 Horsepower 186
Standard All-Wheel Drive Available Upgrade
Independent Double Wishbone Rear Suspension Type Semi-Independent
Available Factory Roof Rails Not Available
100.9 Cubic Feet Passenger Space 92.7 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume 20.1 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 47.1 Cubic Feet
53% ALG Residual Value (Base Model At 36 Months) 47%

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.