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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2020 Subaru WRX Review

New 2021 Mazda Mazda3

2021 Mazda
Mazda3

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New 2020 Subaru WRX

2020 Subaru
WRX

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MSRP*
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$20,500 to $32,450
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$27,495 to $32,095
Invoice* $19,609 to $31,026 $25,925 to $30,170
MPG - City 25 - 28 21
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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
The Mazda Mazda3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Subaru WRX with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda Mazda3 and the Subaru WRX in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda Mazda3 as you will with the Subaru WRX, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 WRX. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Subaru WRX.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is about the same width as the Subaru WRX. When looking at overall length, the Mazda Mazda3 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru WRX.

Drivetrain
The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Subaru WRX, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Subaru WRX. The Mazda Mazda3 has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Subaru WRX.

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