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Mazda MAZDA3, Volkswagen Jetta, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Impreza, Sedan
#15 of 16 Subaru 2.5 wagon vs Mazda3 5-dr (06)
Aug 27, 2006 (9:17 pm)
I recently went thru this decision. Although I have owned 3 Mazdas in a row (lastly two Proteges) I went with the Subaru.
The deal breaker was the enclosed trunk area in the Mazda (the part that is covered when the seats are up).I could not lay a golf bag sideways across. I was surprised because my 2000 Protege sedan has a huge trunk.
The Subaru has a more comfortable and quieter ride, less engine noise, fewer road bumps (I tested them on the same stretch of road). The handling is just as good as the Mazda. The Mazda's manual is much easier to shift. The engine in the Subaru was quieter than I expected, and plenty peppy.
I like the styling of both cars, although the Mazda wins hand down on interior, the Subaru is not as spartan as I expected. Kind of tailored, and neat. I like the sport seats although nothing is a comfortable as the Mazda seats for me.
I have not yet taken new car on a long road trip, will report back after the break in period. The one thing that is bugging me is no light in the trunk area!!!!
#16 of 16 stability control?? and airbags in the 3
Sep 16, 2006 (6:50 am)
bang for buck i think the 3 bests most, looks better than the vw and the seats for me are much better than the civic coupe i tried, but i need to sit in the ex sedan. tested the 3 with a 5sp (2.3 5door0 it's that torque that makes the difference since most of my driving is from 0-45.
need to know if the 3 grand touring has stability control, i plan to consider the grand touring with leather and 5M but to get the most from safety you need the side, curtain airbags and stability control
but since i like to test drive cars anyway, i will try the vw and suburu.
here's my needs
airbags-up down, sideways that is the major thing that improves safety in the smaller cars.
5-6sp (but i don't want to make icecream or taffy so shifting my brains out to get a little extra performance won't work for me.
FUN TO DRIVE--i drive a minivan now, this is for work and business, let uncle sam pay for some of my driving joy
looks good (subjective, i think the civic is cool, but the 3 has a bit more spark.
has anyone tested the mazdaspeed3?
any links to the most complete comparison of the above?