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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2022 Subaru Legacy Review

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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $20,650 to $32,600
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2022 Subaru
Legacy

MSRP*: $22,995 to $36,195
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Invoice* $19,751 to $31,169 $21,715 to $33,799
MPG - City 23 - 28 MPG 24 - 27 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 36 MPG 32 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.2 ft3 15.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 155 - 227 hp 182 - 260 hp
Exterior Length 183.5 in 190.6 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 72.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 39.5 in
Head Room Front 37.6 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.7 - 37.3 in
Front 37.3 - 39.4 in
Rear 37.2 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Legacy than the Mazda Mazda3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Legacy will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
With the Subaru Legacy you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mazda Mazda3, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Legacy. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda Mazda3 and the Subaru Legacy have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda Mazda3 is much slimmer than the Subaru Legacy, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Mazda Mazda3 is slightly shorter than the Subaru Legacy, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Subaru Legacy, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Mazda Mazda3 and the Subaru Legacy.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mazda Mazda3 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Subaru Legacy.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Subaru Legacy. The Mazda Mazda3 has less cargo capacity than the Subaru Legacy, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Legacy.