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Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? #4676574
02/24/18 03:19 PM
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Mr Nice Offline OP
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Between these 3 hatchbacks with 4 cylinder engines and manual transmission.... which one would you choose and why ?

I've narrowed my search down to these 3 cars and will test drive soon.
Any other cars I should consider ?


Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676584
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Prob not the Subaru since it comes with AWD and you don't need that in FL. Hard to beat the manual in the Honda and it comes with 1.5T engine in the hatchback as standard equipment. Which should be fun although they do have fuel dilution issues. Because of that I may have to go with the Mazda 3. Plus no turbo engine to wonder about.

Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676597
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The simplest one without the Turbo.


2004 Corolla 129932
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In: Havoline Pro DS 10w-30 Purolator PureOne 3-14-19 129693
2006 Duramax 74725
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Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676598
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Mazda. Much more fun to drive, and the interior is very nice.


I use the overseas owner's manual to choose my oil.

Using AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 143k, SS 5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 51k, OE 5w30/Wix

Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676601
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Unless your talking about the Type R civic; none of the above. Golf Sportwagen. I wouldn't trade my car for any of the other three.


2016 Golf Wagon 5MT, 2014 Accord Sport 6MT, 2016 GMC 1500 SLT 6.2
Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676630
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If choosing between those three, The Honda Civic, hands down.....Now if the Toyota Corolla was part of your list, THAT would be my hand's down winner! grin


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Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: incognito_2u] #4676632
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Originally Posted By: incognito_2u
If choosing between those three, The Honda Civic, hands down.....Now if the Toyota Corolla was part of your list, THAT would be my hand's down winner! grin


Id go Impreza or Civic. I agree with point #2 though, but we are clearly biased lol!


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676636
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Golf over any of these, its just a better car. In the snow belt Subaru AWD but for you that's not needed.


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Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676637
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Mazda3 or Civic; drive them both and pick your favorite. I'd probably go with an Si since Mazda abandoned the warm/hot hatch market.


Mine:
2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport


Son's
2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...
Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: dareo] #4676640
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Originally Posted By: dareo
Unless your talking about the Type R civic; none of the above. Golf Sportwagen. I wouldn't trade my car for any of the other three.


The Civic hatch Sport is pretty cool. Different wheels and an upgraded exhaust that adds a few more HP, etc... Although OP doesn't like black colored wheels.








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Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Trav] #4676651
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Originally Posted By: Trav
Golf over any of these, its just a better car. In the snow belt Subaru AWD but for you that's not needed.


This. I know it isn't one of the cars requested by the OP, but even the better SE trim with 5 speed manual can be had for a deep discount. Not to mention the 1.8T has proven itself reliable. The 2018's 6 year warranty is nice to have as well (in before the you're gonna need it fanclub). Other than that I would probably have the Mazda...


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 14K - PPE 5w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 22K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 159K - PP 10w30
Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676656
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Civic? I'd test drive both the LX and the Sport model. The LX has a 174 HP 1.5L turbo engine running on 87 octane. The Sport model
has 180 HP. Only 6 more, but requires 91 octane. The Sport model might have a better tune and be a better feeling engine while the LX is tuned
more on the side of safety due to 87 octane.
Forget the Impreza, it's a pig. I rented a Nissan versa that felt faster, even though on paper it's not.

Only if I was wanting a Civic with the 2.0, I'd took a closer look at a Mazda3.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676657
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Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676665
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Do drive the Mazda first. Then see how much better it is to drive the turbo cars. I don't know how you can beat a VW Golf these days. Either you get a massive discount on a 2017, or a long warranty on a 2018. A 2018 would still be thousands cheaper than Honda. Golf is super light, great stock suspension-comfort and sport at the same time-

As good as the Mazda 3 is; there is little point in buying a new one. They haven't changed much vs years past.


2016 Golf Wagon 5MT, 2014 Accord Sport 6MT, 2016 GMC 1500 SLT 6.2
Re: Mazda 3, Impreza or Civic hatchback.. Which one ? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676670
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If you want to keep it for a long time, get the one without direct injection.

Which is.... Hyundai Elantra. It usually offers more bang (features) for the buck.


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