2021 Subaru Impreza vs 2021 Mazda3 Comparison in Columbus, OH

The Subaru brand is perhaps best known for spacious and versatile SUVs and all-wheel drive sports cars -- but the 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback packs everything you love about Subaru into a compact, city-friendly package. With generous cargo space, a comfortable ride and remarkable performance from standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, it's an even better choice than more-expensive rivals from other brands. The 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback will cost you thousands more, but is the difference really worth it? Find out below where we've compared both compact hatchback models side-by-side!

Subaru Impreza 5-Door Rear Hatch

2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Mazda3: Size & Design

There's a whole lot more room for your friends and your stuff inside the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. With more than 8 additional cubic feet of passenger space compared to the 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback and up to 55 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, the Impreza 5-Door is one of the most versatile compact cars on the road! For even more cargo carrying options, the new Impreza 5-Door can also be equipped with factory roof rails. That's not an option you'll find on the 2021 Mazda3.


Subaru Impreza Driver Information Display

2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Mazda3: Features

Inside both vehicles, you'll find a slick and intuitive touchscreen multimedia system, complete with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for your smartphone. Available upgrades like dual-zone automatic climate control, genuine leather upholstery and heated front seats are also available as options. However, there's one difference you might not be able to notice unless you drove them both: visibility. The experts at Car and Driver magazine said the 2021 Mazda3, "has the worst rear visibility among compact hatchbacks due to its curvaceous design taking priority over sightlines."

By contrast, Car and Driver called the 2021 Subaru Impreza, "Tops in its design. Easy-to-read gauges, simple controls, and an intuitive climate-control system make the Impreza easy to operate." The independent critics go on to speak highly of other aspects throughout the Subaru Impreza interior. We invite you to come experience it for yourself at our Subaru dealership.

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Subaru Impreza 5-Door On Wet Road

2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Mazda3: Performance

The 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door doesn't generate quite as much engine power as the 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback, but there's so much more to the quality of your ride than horsepower. For instance, the flat, wide packaging of the BOXER® engine provides a lower center of gravity for more balanced handling in the Impreza. The fully-independent rear suspension provides a more comfortable ride quality than the torsion beam rear axle you find on the 2021 Mazda3. You get a standard five-speed manual transmission in the Impreza, or an automatic CVT transmission if you choose to upgrade. By contrast, the Mazda3 offers an available manual transmission, but only on certain premium trim levels. Most importantly, the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door is the only compact hatchback with standard all-wheel drive! AWD is available on a select few compact cars as an option, including the Mazda3, but it'll cost you an extra $1,400 on the already-more-expensive vehicle.

Did you know the Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza 5-Door are virtually identical when it comes to size and interior? With a more robust suspension, additional ground clearance and available X-MODE® all-terrain optimization, you might consider the Crosstrek if you want a bit more power than the Impreza provides. The all-new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can be equipped with a bigger engine making 182 horsepower!


Subaru Impreza Backup Camera

2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Mazda3: Safety

Earning five stars in every single crash test area, both the 2021 Subaru Impreza and 2021 Mazda3 provide outstanding protection in the event of an accident. Furthermore, available Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technology can add desirable features like automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and more! These features can also be found on the more-expensive Mazda3, but you can save more without compromising your safety when you choose Subaru.

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With a price premium that's more than $3,000 greater than the price of a new 2021 Subaru Impreza, the 2021 Mazda3 just doesn't provide the features, comfort or utility to justify its cost. The 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door is the clear choice when it comes to value at a starting MSRP of just $19,295. Come see for yourself the proven quality and exceptional driving feel of a brand-new Subaru Impreza at Byers. Take your test drive today.

2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door2021 Mazda3 Hatchback
$19,295Starting MSRP*$22,650
152Standard Horsepower186
145Standard Torque (lb-ft)186
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
28 MPG City / 36 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (AWD)25 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
StandardManual TransmissionAvailable Upgrade
Fully Independent Double-WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion Beam
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume92.7 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume20.1 Cubic Feet
StandardApple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™Standard

*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.