Mazda vs Subaru: a Brand Comparison

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Subaru vs. Mazda Competitive Comparison

Exploring if the Subaru or Mazda Automaker is the Right One For You!

Before you head on over to the Mazda brand to buy a new sedan, hatchback, crossover or SUV, you really need to take a close look at the latest models coming from Subaru first. New Mazda's may be impressive with their eye-catching style, but the ruggedly-handsome Subaru models found here at Royal Subaru indeed go many miles beyond simply good-looks alone. Come visit us here at our dealership in Bloomington today to test-drive and explore these awesome vehicles for yourself!

2018 Subaru Impreza2018 Mazda3

The Subaru Impreza vs. The Mazda3

If you are in the market for a compelling and cool compact-car, then you may be considering the Subaru Impreza as well as the Mazda3 models. Both of these cars can be configured as a sleek sedan or as a more spacious hatchback body-style, except a big difference is that Subaru has a genuine knack for offering more features, for less of the savings sitting inside your bank account.

  • Looking at their price tags alone, the new Impreza model and the new Mazda3 are both indeed very similarly-priced and the difference is splitting hairs. However, when you consider the standard features that are included for these prices, then the Subaru Impreza is the clear winner of this race.
  • Across all trim levels, the new Impreza comes equipped the brand's widely praised and proven Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System for no extra cost at all. You'll enjoy superb wheel-grip and optimized traction when driving around greater Indianapolis, which is in stark contrast to the Mazda3 that fails to offer any kind of AWD.
  • With remarkable reliability and durability, Subaru boasts the claim that the Impreza is officially the longest-lasting vehicle in its entire class. Mazda simply cannot say the same is true for the rival Mazda3 is today's marketplace.
  • For both the hatchback and the sedan body-styles, the Subaru Impreza offers a much larger and roomier interior cabin when compared to that of the competing Mazda3.
2018 Subaru Outback2018 Mazda CX-3

The Subaru Outback vs. The Mazda CX-3

A very hot-selling model is the latest Subaru Outback crossover SUV, which seamlessly blends adventure-ready capabilities with connected technology. Sure, the sporty new Mazda CX-3 may seem stylish for some, but the new Outback certainly offers features and characteristics that are far more important for daily drivers.

  • The surefooted new Subaru Outback is always ready to adventure off of the beaten path in Columbus, thanks to the its legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System. Unfortunately for buyers of the new Mazda CX-3, you'll have to spend more of your hard-earned savings to have AWD equipped and experience this kind of peace-of-mind while driving.
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride inside the huge and comfortable interior cabin of the latest Outback SUV. On the other hand, the new Mazda CX-3 offers far less headroom, legroom, and cargo volume too. For example, when you fold down the seats, maximum cargo space is over 70 cubic feet for the Outback, while the Mazda only has 42 cubic feet with the seats down.
  • With the affordable base price of the Outback, the model comes with the brand's award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology as a standard feature for no additional cost whatsoever. The Mazda CX-3 does in fact offer their available i-ACTIVSENSE® suite, except it is not standard and it's also not cheap.
  • Standard equipment for the latest Subaru Outback also includes the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia, with both the extremely popular Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone-connecting systems. Mazda is going in their own direction with their infotainment, which unfortunately does not include the two features mentioned above.
2018 Subaru Forester2018 CX-5

The Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Shoppers seeking a compact SUV to count on for countless of miles to come around Greenwood and beyond will surely be thrilled with the new and improved Subaru Forester model. Even with their extremely close starting price points, the new Mazda CX-5 model simply fails to keep pace with the redesigned Forester.

  • Even during your biggest adventures in the face of the harshest weather conditions out there, the trustworthy Subaru Forester will never be stopped from brining you to wherever you want to be. Across the board, all trim levels come with the highly capable Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System for your driving confidence. You guessed it- Mazda's AWD is only an available feature for the CX-5 and you're forced to spend more.
  • Even with this all-wheel drive capability, the new Subaru Forester SUV model proves itself as the better vehicle in regards to fuel economy, and you'll see some big savings at the gas pumps around Martinsville. The new Mazda CX-5 simply cannot match the impressive efficiency of the Forester with an EPA-estimated rating of 26/33 city/hwy mpg.
  • Regardless of where your journey behind the wheel will lead you, your Forester will always be more than ready to go. Even when the adventure calls for large gear and equipment, the Subaru Forester can accommodate with its versatile cargo space. It has more space than the Mazda CX-5, and it also offers cargo-carrying raised roof rails up top, which is unavailable for the CX-5.
  • In addition, the Subaru Forester has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is much more than that of the Mazda CX-5. Go farther off of the beaten path with the latest Forester SUV that excels in conquering rugged terrain.
2018 Subaru Ascent2018 Mazda CX-9

The Subaru Ascent vs. The Mazda CX-9

Within the 3-row SUV segment, there is an all-new player from Subaru that has recently entered the game, and it really is a standout. The all-new Subaru Ascent model genuinely speaks to the features that matter the most to you and your family when driving around town. Here's how the Ascent gets the better of the new Mazda CX-9.

  • Not to sound like a broken record, but yet again, Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System is included as standard equipment for all trims of the Ascent SUV. Whether you are commuting during the week into Indianapolis or chasing adventure with the whole family on the weekend, the Ascent will always serve you well. Be prepared to pay much more for AWD with the Mazda CX-9 model.
  • Inside, the new Subaru Ascent possesses a massive interior cabin that can seat either 7 or 8 passengers; the choice is entirely yours. If you do choose the 7-seater configuration, then your Ascent will have premium captain's chairs to stretch out in. The new CX-9 can only seat 7 passengers at the most.
  • With a whopping 153 cubic feet of total passenger volume inside, the all-new Ascent has way more room and space than the CX-9 to keep your family comfortable and content. The latest Mazda CX-9 only has 135 cubic feet inside its cabin.
  • Lastly, if you ever need to tow with your SUV, the CX-9 will hit its ceiling at 3,500 pounds for trailering. Again, the Subaru Ascent is the big winner here, with a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds with ease.

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