2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo vs 2020 Subaru WRX 

2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo vs 2020 Subaru WRX

With the drop of the new Mazda3 2.5 Turbo, Mazda clearly takes aim at the Subaru WRX with standard AWD and impressive turbo-induced power on tap. No doubt the new performance boosted Mazda3 will end up racing the WRX as it hits the streets, but patience is a virtue we haven’t quite gotten down pat. See how the new 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo and the 2020 Subaru WRX size up when we put them both in the ring for this all-out, turbocharged comparison. 

2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo 


2020 Subaru WRX 

$29,900 Starting MSRP $27,495 
2.5-liter turbocharged SKYACTIV®-G  Base Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 
250 hp / 320 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 268 hp / 258 lb-ft 
Predictive All-Wheel Drive Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive

Advantages of the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo  

The comparison table shows that the 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo is able to dish out impressive ratings — all while undercutting the 2020 Subaru WRX by thousands in starting price. The Mazda3 takes a slight dip from the WRX in horsepower, but its torqued-up turbo more than makes up for that. The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo takes an impressive 62 lb-ft advantage in torque, which can make all the difference off the line.

It’s also worth noting that the all-wheel-drive system of the Mazda3 Turbo is more sophisticated than that of the Subaru WRX. The predictive AWD architecture makes decisions based on information gathered from a network of sensors around the vehicle, not just wheel-spin measurements. Mazda says the car reads 27 channels of sensor data 200 times a second to determine when to begin powering the rear wheels.

Looking for more information on the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo? You can speak to a brand expert or test drive some of the latest models from the Mazda lineup when you visit us at Gwatney Mazda in Memphis, TN. For more information, we invite you to speak to the Gwatney Mazda team using the form provided below.

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