Chandler Area Mazda Dealer Comparison - 2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Subaru Impreza

The 2018 Mazda3 is a compact car that’s available in sedan and hatchback versions. Whichever one you choose, you’ll get a sporty compact that handles better than any car in its segment, coupled with beautiful styling, a powerful four-cylinder engine, a sophisticated cabin and a comfortable interior. Car shoppers who buy the Mazda3 at dealerships like the Chandler Mazda dealer will discover the Madza3 is also economically priced.

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is a contender in the compact car segment. Is the Impreza as good as the Mazda3? We’ll let the two cars battle it out in our head-to-head matchup.


Price is an important consideration for every car shopper. We’re using the vehicles’ MSRP for this comparison. Not that this isn’t necessarily the price you’ll pay for the car at a dealership. Mazda3 buyers will save a little bit of money over the cost of a Subaru Impreza. The 2018 Mazda3 has a starting MSRP of $18,095. The Impreza has a higher starting MSRP of $18,495. So, when you buy a Mazda3, expect to save around $400 for the base trim level.


The Mazda3 offers a choice between two powerful four-cylinder engines. The Subaru Impreza only has one. The 3’s base powerplant is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 155 horses and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. The Impreza is underpowered, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that only generates 152 hp and 145 lb.-ft. The Mazda3’s 2.5-liter inline-4 gives you an even bigger power boost over the Impreza, developing an impressive 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Economy

With gasoline prices changing daily, buying a car with excellent fuel economy is a good way to save money. The Mazda3 gets EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox. With the automatic transmission, the Mazda3 delivers 28 mpg city in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The Subaru Impreza with the automatic transmission get similar fuel economy as the Mazda3. With the manual, the Impreza is disappointing, delivering just 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for sedans, and 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for hatchbacks. Even Mazda’s more powerful 2.5-liter block get better fuel economy than the manual Impreza.

In the Cabin

There’s nothing wrong with the interior quality of the 2018 Subaru Impreza, but there’s nothing particularly impressive about it, either. On the other hand, you’ll be suitably impressed when you step into a Mazda3, with its luxurious look and feel and high-quality build. Automotive authority Edmunds gave the Mazda3 high marks for interior quality, awarding it with four-and-a-half out of five stars. The Impreza rated only 3.5 stars.

Safety Equipment

Many car shoppers want advanced safety and driver assist features. Safety gear that comes standard on the Mazda3 includes which comes with lane keep assist, LED taillights and a blind-spot monitor. These features are optional on the Impreza. Mazda3 buyers can also choose an available parking assist system, a feature you can’t get with the Impreza.

Our Conclusion

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is a good car, but when you stack it up alongside the 2018 Mazda3, it’s easy to see why the Mazda3 emerges as the winner of this competition.