2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs 2020 Mazda3 5-Door Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

With a flashy new design -- and a hefty price tag to go along with it -- the 2020 Mazda3 5-Door is a premium hatchback with some exciting new features, like available all-wheel drive. But with a much more affordable price, standard all-wheel drive and a bigger, more spacious cabin, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door is a much better investment! We'll prove it to you in this head-to-head comparison. Despite costing so much more, the 2020 Mazda3 doesn't give you the same value, safety or performance as the 2020 Subaru Impreza. Save some scratch and get all the features and utility you want from your next hatchback at Nate Wade Subaru!

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2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2020 Mazda3 5-Door: Size & Capacity

The 2020 Subaru Impreza and 2020 Mazda3 are both considered compact cars, but one is certainly more compact than the other. With more front headroom and more legroom both front and back, you get more room to stretch out in the 2020 Subaru Impreza. You also get more utility with more cargo space! You can even add factory roof rails to the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door so you can more easily attach carriers for skis, snowboards, bikes, fishing gear and so much more. Factory roof rails aren't offered on the Mazda3 5-Door.


Subaru Impreza 5-Door Roof Rails

2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2020 Mazda3 5-Door: Features & Technology

With similar standard technology, these cars both keep you connected. You get a touchscreen multimedia system with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to connect your compatible smartphone. However, in the 2020 Mazda3, you only get USB ports for the front seats. The 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door also offers USB charging ports for the rear seats, so everyone can keep their devices charged up.

And for a level of youthful style that the 2020 Mazda3 5-Door just doesn't offer, choose the 2020 Subaru Impreza Sport. This trim level adds sporty exterior accents as well as red accent stitching on the interior and aluminium alloy pedal covers for a race car-inspired look and feel. Aluminium pedal covers and accent upholstery stitching aren't available on the 2020 Mazda3.


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2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2020 Mazda3 5-Door: Performance

The Mazda3 is the rare compact car that also offers optional all-wheel drive -- but it'll still cost you an extra $1,400 as an available upgrade to the already-more-expensive 2020 Mazda3 5-Door. By contrast, symmetrical all-wheel drive comes standard on the 2020 Subaru Impreza! This feature is especially handy for life in the sometimes-snowy Salt Lake City area.

While it's been extensively redesigned, the rear suspension of the 2020 Mazda3 5-Door is still pretty old-school. It's basic torsion bar rear suspension means a rougher ride with less handling agility. You'd only expect to find that kind of suspension on small city cars these days. By contrast, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has a fully-independent rear suspension. That means a smoother ride and superior handling response.

And if you want a manual transmission, that's standard on the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. By contrast, a 2020 Mazda3 5-Door can only be equipped with a manual transmission on the Premium Package trim level -- which costs even more than a fully-loaded Subaru Impreza Limited 5-Door model. If you want the control and driving purity of a standard transmission, you won't have to spend extra when you choose the 2020 Subaru Impreza.


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2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2020 Mazda3 5-Door: Safety

Every 2020 Subaru Impreza when equipped with an automatic transmission comes with Subaru EyeSight®. This suite of advanced driver assistance features includes forward collision warning, lane keep assistance, adaptive cruise control and more. These same features also come standard on the 2020 Mazda3 5-Door. However, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has one optional upgrade available that the 2020 Mazda3 does not: Reverse Automatic Braking. In conjunction with rear cross-traffic alert, Reverse Automatic Braking will provide a jolt of the brakes to help avoid a collision with unseen traffic when backing up. Rear cross-traffic alert comes on the 2020 Mazda3 5-Door, but reverse automatic braking is unavailable.

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Why Subaru Gives You More Value At Nate Wade

With a starting MSRP of just $19,195, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door costs nearly $5,000 less than its rival from Mazda. That means you can upgrade to a premium trim level like the Impreza 5-Door Sport for $22,895 and still save compared to Mazda! And since you get so much more utility and value from the 2020 Subaru Impreza, you can save a whole lot more money without missing out on the features you want most. Learn more during a test drive at Nate Wade Subaru.

2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door2020 Mazda3 Hatchback
$19,195Starting MSRP*$23,700
36 Highway / 28 City (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)35 Highway / 26 City (MPG)
152Horsepower186
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
Independent Double WishboneRear Suspension TypeSemi-Independent
AvailableFactory Roof RailsNot Available
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space92.7 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume20.1 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Capacity47.1 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.