The 2016 Subaru Impreza vs. the 2016 Mazda3

Finding a reliable sedan can be tough, but we're going to help out drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area narrow down the list by focusing on the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda3. Both of these cars come highly rated and offer a great deal to their drivers but we're going to delve a little deeper to show you what you really get with these vehicles.

We're going to focus on engine handling, interior space and comfort, technology and safety. By the end of this vehicle comparison, you'll know the differences and similarities of each car and you'll know which one you'd rather test drive.

Subaru Impreza vs. Mazda3 Engine & Handling

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is armed with a 2-Liter 4-Cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine with a fully synchronized 5-speed manual transmission. This particularly unique engine lays flat under the hood and features horizontally opposed valves which feed power into the equally unique symmetrical all-wheel drive system. This system offers superior turning ability and agile handling in any situation. Because this engine lays flat under the hood, it eliminates drag, allowing you to make the most of your fuel.

The 2016 Mazda3 is equipped with 2-Liter 4-Cylinder SKYACTIV® engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. Although this engine promises the desired power and efficiency, it doesn't feature an all-wheel drive system as effective as the one in the Subaru Impreza. During slippery conditions and winter driving, the front-wheel drive can drastically reduce the Mazda3's ability to offer superior handling on snowy roads. The Subaru Impreza, on the other hand, was built to handle the most severe conditions.

Interior Comfort & Passenger Space

The Mazda3 and the Subaru Impreza are equipped to carry 5 passengers from A to B. The Subaru Impreza sedan features tricot upholstery, which is meticulously woven cloth that offers a smooth yet sturdy texture. The Mazda3 features cloth appointed seating. Although comfortable, it doesn't feature the texture that tricot offers.

Regarding passenger space, the 2016 Impreza offers 39.8 inches of front head room and 43.5 inches of leg room. In the Mazda3, front passengers can enjoy the 38.6 inches of head room and 42.2 inches of leg room. As you can see, the driver and front passenger in the Subaru Impreza each get an inch more of head and leg room than they would in the Mazda3.

Technology & Infotainment

The Subaru Impreza features the STARLINK™ infotainment system. This system offers a wide variety of amenities like the color touch screen display, a CD player and the HD Radio®. This particular radio offers clearer listening of AM/FM radio stations without the annoying buzz that's usually associated with talk radio and other AM programs.

Drivers can take advantage of the Bluetooth® system to either make or receive calls with family and friends or to stream music directly from their smartphone's library of internet radio apps. You can access this feature on the steering wheel-mounted controls, which also feature audio and cruise control.

The Mazda3 features the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system. This system also features a color touch screen display and an HD Radio®. Drivers can use the touch screen display to access these amenities or the Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity system, which also allows drivers to stream music from their smartphones. Drivers can utilize the steering wheel-mounted controls to access the audio and cruise control. However, the Bluetooth® isn't available on the steering wheel.

Safety Features & Ratings

The Impreza features a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system with brake assist, which helps drivers come to a complete stop during an emergency braking situation. The Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System actively keep your vehicle on track when they sense wheel slippage or lane drift. They provide more power to the wheels with most traction while reducing engine speed, allowing you to be in complete control of your vehicle in a tight situation.

For collision protection, the Subaru Impreza features advanced front airbags, which inflate according to the severity and energy of impact. The seat-mounted side airbags and the side curtain for all passengers will help ensure that every person is covered in the event of a side impact. The Subaru Impreza has an added safety bonus with the driver's knee airbag.

The Mazda3 also features a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system with brake assist. The vehicle also features stability and traction control. In terms of passenger safety, this vehicle also features advanced front airbags.This vehicle features side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for passenger protection during a side crash.

Both the 2016 Subaru Impreza and the Mazda3 scored well in their Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test categories. Both vehicles were each voted as a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. To achieve this accolade, the vehicle must excel in every crash test thrown at them. The Subaru Impreza received this award because it offers superior front crash prevention. The Mazda offers advanced front crash prevention, which, in the eyes of the IIHS, is less than superior. The Subaru Impreza offers better front crash prevention than the Mazda3.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Mazda3 Comparison Conclusion

In this vehicle comparison, we showed drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area all about the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda3. First, you learned about the engine and handling of each vehicle. You learned that the Subaru BOXER® engine offers superior handling because its horizontally opposed valves feed power directly into the vehicles symmetrical all-wheel drive system, which offers more agility than the front-wheel drive featured in the Mazda3. Regarding comfort and space, you learned that the Subaru Impreza offers more room for front passengers.

In the category of technology and infotainment, both vehicles offer great systems that feature entertainment and convenience. You learned that not only does the Mazda3 lack a CD player, but its steering wheel mounted controls are only good for audio, whereas in the Subaru Impreza, you can also access Bluetooth® and cruise control.

Lastly, we looked at safety features. You learned that the Subaru Impreza not only offers great protection, but the driver's knee airbag is a huge bonus that will help avoid long term leg damage should an accident occur. Overall, you learned that the Subaru Impreza offers much more than the Mazda3.


Learn more about the 2016 Subaru Impreza by scheduling a test drive today at Lynnes Subaru.

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