If you're looking for a reliable, compact sedan that offers plenty of performance, space and comfort, as well as technology and convenience features, you've no doubt noticed the 2018 Subaru Impreza and the 2018 Mazda 3. Both vehicles have the amenities and comfort you'd expect from this class, but there are some differences that may make one a better choice for your needs.

For our customers in Freehold, Englishtown, Manalapan and Marlboro, we've placed these two vehicles side by side, so you can compare the key differences in each and decide which is right for you.

Performance and Handling

The Subaru Impreza is available in five different configurations, and each comes with a 2.0-liter BOXER four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The sedan, five-door, and sport sedan models use a fully-synchronized five-speed manual transmission, while the premium sedan and premium five-door models use the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. The five-speed models have the option of upgrading to the continuously variable transmission.

The Mazda 3 has a 2-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine that produces slightly less horsepower, but it lacks the Subaru Impreza's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system that channels the engine's power into quick acceleration and sharp maneuvering. The Mazda 3 only offers front-wheel drive on all its models, which limits its handling and performance.


The Subaru Impreza uses the STARLINK infotainment system, whereas the Mazda 3 uses the MAZDA CONNECT system. Both include a color touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity and HD radio, all of which enhance the media experience, but the Impreza also includes a CD player for additional audio options. To get the same in the Mazda 3, you'd have to move far up the trim levels.

Safety Technology

Both the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3 offer advanced safety features, anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system and front, side-curtain and side-impact airbags, but the Impreza safety features includes knee airbags to further protect this vulnerable area in a collision.

Both sedans also offer similar traction control systems. The Impreza uses Vehicle Dynamic Control, while the Mazda 3 uses Dynamic Stability Control. Both improve the traction and stability by reducing the engine output and automatically applying the brakes to maintain control in wet, slippery or high-speed situations. Combined with the all-wheel drive, however, the Subaru traction system performs even better than the Mazda 3's stability control.

Test Drive the 2018 Subaru Impreza at Freehold Subaru

As we've covered, the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3 have many similarities and comparable features, but the Impreza offers a few additional amenities and safety features that give it an edge. When it comes to performance, the Mazda 3's front-wheel drive was dramatically outperformed by the Impreza's synchronized all-wheel-drive system that allows it to tackle any road conditions without compromising its safety or capability.

If you're in the market for a compact sedan in Freehold, Englishtown, Manalapan or Marlboro, stop by Freehold Subaru to explore these features and learn more about what the 2018 Subaru Impreza has to offer. While you're here, schedule your test drive and feel the difference for yourself. Contact us today!


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