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The Subaru Impreza is the Best Option of Its Class for Bay Area Car Shoppers

Car shoppers have a lot to consider before making a decision on their next model, and drivers around San Francisco considering purchasing a new sedan will find tons of options to compare, but, to help them out, we've compared three of the most popular models off the sedan class: the Subaru Impreza, the Mazda 3, and the Honda Civic. These models all have plenty to offer, efficient yet sporty engines, smart safety features, and more, but we think that in the long-run the Subaru Impreza is the better option for all manner of drivers. Keep reading to learn how these competing models stack up

In what ways does the Subaru Impreza deliver more to drivers?

The Subaru Impreza vs. The Mazda 3

  • The Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3 are very close in regard to their starting price, with the Mazda 3 holding a slight edge, but the Subaru Impreza comes standard with features that San Mateo car shoppers have to pay extra for in the Mazda 3, which makes the Impreza the more affordable of the two options.
  • Fuel efficiency is another way to save money in the long run, and the Subaru Impreza gets an EPA-estimated 32 miles per gallon combined, which beats the best fuel economy specs of the Mazda 3.
  • As is the case with most Subaru models, the Subaru Impreza comes standard with the renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that lets drivers conquer poor road conditions with ease and provides a more confident, safer drive. Not only does the Mazda 3 not come standard with all-wheel drive, it doesn't offer it at all.
  • Both models present a load of options to drivers, so you can be sure to find the right configuration for you, but the Subaru Impreza is the only one of the two to offer both sedan and hatchback body styles. The Mazda 3 does not offer a hatchback model, which is easier to fit bulkier cargo in than the sedan.
  • There are a range of driver-assist features, like blind spot monitoring and auto high-beams, available with both models, but only the Subaru Impreza earned the highest honor of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award.

The Subaru Impreza vs. The Honda Civic

  • For most car shoppers, affordability is one of the key areas to compare when looking at different models, and the Subaru Impreza has a lower starting price and more standard features than the Honda Civic.
  • One of the key standard features of the Subaru Impreza is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that helps with journeys off the beaten path, but the Honda Civic has no such option, so if you're looking for adventure, the Subaru Impreza is the clear choice.
  • Adventures are also easier, and more comfortable, in the Subaru Impreza thanks to the spacious cabin that has more cubic feet of room for luggage, sports gear, and passengers than the Honda Civic has to offer.
  • Drivers that want a little thrill on their ride, or at least the possibility of excitement, will find that the Subaru Impreza and its BOXER® engine is more powerful than the standard engine of the Honda Civic.
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto make connecting your mobile device to the audio system very simple, and they come standard in the Subaru Impreza while costing extra in the Honda Civic.

While each of these models have their pros and cons, the Subaru Impreza is full of benefits that drivers won't find with the Mazda 3 or the Honda Civic, so if you're interested in learning more about the Subaru Impreza, come down to our Burlingame dealership to see it in person!