2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan
 Subaru Impreza
 Starting MSRP
$18,495 (CVT)
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 All-Wheel Drive
Not Available
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
* CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

Considering the two models both offer 33mpg combined, and the Impreza is the only vehicle to offer AWD, it is clear that the Impreza offers the advantage.

2018 Subaru Impreza vs 2018 Mazda3

When it comes to researching your options for the best fit in a new car or crossover, it's hard to do any better than a Subaru. With standard AWD, a dedication to safety and a legacy of creating long-lasting vehicles that hold onto their value, Subaru offers Salt Lake City area drivers plenty to love in all their latest models. Of course when you shop here at Mark Miller Subaru Midtown, you'll also experience some of the best customer service and the incredible deals we're known for.

One of the best options here is the new Subaru Impreza, a small sedan or hatchback that of course features the brand's Symmetrical AWD system, a feature often not even available with similar vehicles. Like other Subaru models, the Impreza offers a generously equipped base setup if you're trying to buy or lease the most affordable version, while higher trims offer a full range of safety and infotainment features.

To give you an idea of how the new Impreza is a great choice for your daily commutes throughout Salt Lake City, we're showing you how it stacks up against the new Mazda3, another small car that's available as a sedan or five-door hatchback. Both of these small cars are efficient and sensible for everyday commuting, but you'll find in several ways, big and small, the new Impreza comes out on top. Read through this comparison checklist, then visit us today from South Salt Lake, Park City or West Valley City to test drive the new Impreza as we go over all your options.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Of course we start with the new Impreza's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a feature found on very few small cars. The new Mazda3 doesn't make any kind of AWD system available, so choose the Impreza if you want to stay safe out on the roads near Salt Lake City during snowy winters, or especially if you head out to the mountains during ski and ride season.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy figures are nearly identical in both these small cars, but the Impreza earns 1 mpg better for highway driving. That's especially impressive when you consider AWD typically dampens fuel economy in most vehicles, but with the new Impreza, you get the best of both worlds in a fuel-sipping commuter that has added traction and control on all kinds of road surfaces. A key feature helping to keep that fuel economy high is the Impreza's CVT setup, which isn't offered with the Mazda3, which features a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Subaru Impreza Sedan


Mazda, admittedly, is a brand known for its safety, but it's no Subaru, the safest automaker around. With the Impreza, you'll have a five-star rollover rating from the NHTSA, while the Mazda3 only received four stars in that important crash test.


Shopping for any kind of car means you're looking in several areas to get the best value. When you buy the new Impreza, you'll have a 5-year / unlimited-mileage corrosion / rust thru warranty agreement, which isn't offered with the new Mazda3.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Snow

Technology & Accessories

The Impreza is one of the more generously equipped small cars on the market, and you'll be set up nicely with the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems. These handy features that link your smartphone apps to your centrally located touchscreen makes connecting easy and safe while you're on the go. In its latest edition, the Mazda3 doesn't make these features available.

For more versatility and especially for enjoying the outdoorsy lifestyle that's quite popular around Park City and South Salt Lake, the Impreza offers roof rails on certain trims with the hatchback version. You'll be left to your own devices with the Mazda3 for setting your vehicle up with roof rails as they aren't available in that car.


Starting at $19,145, the Mazda3 is $650 more than the Subaru Impreza. So when you consider how much more car you're getting with the Impreza - in terms of interior space, standard all-wheel-drive, and more - we think the Impreza is definitely worth it.

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Contact Us

If you're curious about the new Subaru Impreza and would like to take it for a test drive, contact us online here at Mark Miller Subaru Midtown. Or, simply visit our 3535 S State St Salt Lake City, UT location yourself. We can't wait to help you into your next new Subaru!

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