2021 Mazda3 vs 2021 Subaru Impreza 

2021 Mazda3 vs 2021 Subaru Impreza

Compacts are becoming a rarer sight each year, but entries like the Mazda3 and the Subaru Impreza are still standing thanks to their diverse lineups and hard-to-beat value. If you’re looking for a small car with a lot of zoom, you’re in the right place.

Both of these compact cars are available in sedan and hatchback styles, have available AWD, and are a joy to throw down winding roads. Here we dive into some of the most prominent factors our customers in Memphis, TN consider when choosing between the 2021 Mazda3 and the 2021 Subaru Impreza.

2021 Mazda3 


2021 Subaru Impreza 

$20,650 Starting MSRP $18,795
155-hp, 2.0-liter inline-4 Base Engine 139-hp, 1.8-liter flat-4
96.0 cubic feet Passenger Volume 89.0 cubic feet
14.4 cubic feet Cargo Volume 13.1 cubic feet

What’s the Best Compact Car for 2021? 

Through the years the Mazda3 has remained easily one of the most athletic cars in its class, aided by its famously tight chassis and responsive steering. Inside the small car’s hushed interior offers above-class amenities like keyless entry, push-button start, a bright 8.8-inch display, and rain-sensing wipers. Even the base Mazda3 model has advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

The comparison table shows that the Mazda3’s base 2.0L engine beats out the Impreza’s only engine. What is doesn’t show is that Mazda has two more engine upgrades available. Most other 2021 Mazda3s are powered by the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower. Mazda3 Turbo models get a turbocharged version of the SKYACTIV®-G engine, producing 250 horsepower on premium fuel.

Our verdict? Go with the Mazda. The 2021 Mazda3 has more upscale interiors, more powerful engine offerings, and sharp handling compared to the competing 2021 Subaru Impreza. You can learn more about the 2021 Mazda3 when you speak with one of our experts here at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown.

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