Subaru Impreza vs Honda Civic vs Mazda 3


Battle of the best compact sedans!

   
Subaru
Impreza 2.5i Premium Sedan





Honda
Civic EX Sedan



 

Mazda
3i Touring






PLANET'S EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


For about $20,000, you can drive a safe, reliable, attractive vehicle with an enviable reputation for quality.  All three have a 3 year/36,000 mile comprehensive warranty and 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.  All three have Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, air conditioning, keyless entry, and much more.  All have optional driver assistance technology which includes features like automatic braking.  (Read more about Subaru's Eyesight system here).  All are available in your choice of manual or automatic transmission.  And all three are available as hatchbacks.

Civic is all new for 2016, and Honda breathed new life into a car that had become quite boring in its most recent iteration.  Impreza is all new for 2017, and it has established the benchmark in the segment.  Arguably, Honda Civic is the smoothest, Mazda 3 is the prettiest, and Subaru Impreza the best handling (especially in rain or snow).  You really can't go wrong with any of them, but why buy a front wheel drive car when you could enjoy a comparably-equipped all wheel drive car for the same money?

 


COMPARISON







Subaru
Impreza 2.5i
Premium Sedan

Honda
Civic
EX Sedan

Mazda
3i
Touring
Sedan


Exterior Dimensions
Almost clones in size.





Length: 182"
Width: 70"
Height: 57"



Length: 182"
Width: 71"
Height: 56"



Length: 180"
Width: 71"
Height: 57"




Total Interior Space

Slight edge to Impreza.  
 






    
100
cubic feet




95
Cubic Feet



 
96
Cubic Feet




 Front Leg Room








  
43 inches












  
42
inches














42
inches













Trunk Space
When you see the three cars shot from the same angle, you get an appreciation for just how similar these cars are. 





12
Cubic Feet






15
Cubic feet   




  
12
Cubic Feet






Airbags

Subaru gives you an additional driver knee airbag. All three cars are IIHS top safety picks and all earn "Plus" designation when equipped with collision mitigation options.






  • 2 Dash airbags
  • 2 Front torso airbags
  • 2 Side curtain airbags
  • 1 Driver knee airbag















  • 2 Dash airbags
  • 2 Front torso airbags
  • 2 Side curtain airbags









 






  • 2 Dash airbags
  • 2 Front torso airbags
  • 2 Side curtain airbags






 
 
Engines and Fuel Economy
Honda and Mazda return slightly higher fuel economy, but you sacrifice Subaru's all wheel drive.  Impreza is the most fuel efficient all wheel drive vehicle in America.



 
2.0 Liter Boxer
 four cylinder with
152 hor
sepower

Continuously variable
automatic transmission:
28 city, 38 highway

5 Speed manual
transmission
:
25 city, 35 highway




 

2.0 Liter in-line
four cylinder with

158 horsepower


Continuously variable
automatic transmission:
 
31 city, 41 highway


5 Speed manual
 transmission (LX only)
:
27 city, 40 highway





 
2.0 Liter in-line
 four cylinder with
155 horsepower

Six speed
 automatic transmission:
30 city, 41 highway


6 speed manual
transmission:
29 city, 41 highway






 


All Wheel Drive

After owning an all wheel drive vehicle, you'll never drive a two wheeler again. Learn more.




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Price
Mere hundreds separate the three in price, but Impreza shines in value because it alone offers the safety and handling of All Wheel Drive, an option that can cost thousands more on other cars.   

 

 $22,015

See Pricing on
Impreza Models

 $22,174



 $21,440



Wagon Option
Hatchback dramatically increases utility, especially in Impreza, because of the rectilinear design.  Mazda and Honda cargo areas suffer from the dramatic, sloping rooflines. 















 
Performance Model Option
Just for kicks, we threw in the barn burners.  All three manufacturers start with something good and then make it very bad.  They carpet bomb the race track and cost quite a bit more than their workaday brethren featured elsewhere on the page.











 

WRX and STi









Civic Si





 


Mazdaspeed 3

Purchase and Ownership Experience
You can buy a new Subaru at Planet, but not a new Honda or Mazda.



 

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If you're comparing the Subaru Impreza with the Honda Civic and/or Mazda 3, sedan or wagon, you'll prefer working with Planet, especially if you're from Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, North Shore, or Plymouth. 
 

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