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Note that the pictures show a 2017 model, but there are no exterior changes for 2018 so they are identical.

Executive Summary

We expect to see the 2018 Impreza arrive in Fall, 2017.  Subaru typically introduces all-new models on a five-year product cycle.  Since Subaru debuted this generation for the 2017 model year, you can expect very few changes.  The only change that Subaru has published is the addition of automatic headlight activation with windshield wiper use on all models except the base. Prices went up only $100.

Not that you would need any changes...compared to the last generation, this Impreza grew slightly in size, rides on an all-new platform, and enjoys better fuel economy--up to 38 mpg on the sedan with automatic transmission. 

Subaru is now producing the 2018 Impreza at its sole US plant in Lafayette, Indiana.  (Subaru imported previous-generation Impreza generations from Japan). 

Take a deep dive into the 2018 Impreza:

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is offered in four trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited when it arrives at Subaru retailers in Fall 2017.

The 2.0i starts with an extensive roster of standard features including a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen; Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more.

The Premium trim, priced from $21,295, adds new automatic headlight activation with windshield wiper operation along with SUBARU STARLINK™ Safety and Security features, 16-inch alloy wheels, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors. Premium 5-door Imprezas also feature standard roof rails. Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including a power moonroof and driver assist technology systems.

The Impreza 2.0i Sport, available in sedan and 5-door, delivers a more fun-to-drive performance feel thanks to exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, standard STI® short throw shifter (for 5-speed manual) and Active Torque Vectoring. Subaru aimed for a new ride/handling balance benchmark in the compact segment. Sport models are priced from $22,095.

Exclusive exterior styling and features setting the Impreza Sport apart include standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels, and turn signal side mirrors. The Impreza Sport 5-door features gloss black rear gate trim, while the Sport Sedan has a rear trunk spoiler. Inside the Sport, unique black cloth upholstery is trimmed with red stitching, a motif that repeats for the steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panel, and door trim. The instrument panel incorporates exclusive Sport gauges and a Multi-Function Display.

The Sport comes well equipped, with upgrades over the Impreza Premium that include the SUBARU STARLINK™ 8.0-inch Multimedia system, and a harman/kardon® premium audio system is available. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, and a CVT shift boot round out the Sport's enhanced standard equipment.

Subaru continues to elevate the status of the Limited trim for the 2018 Impreza. The exterior looks more upscale with LED headlights and distinctive "Konoji" LED daytime running lights (DRL) and standard 17-inch machine finished alloy wheels. Judicious use of exterior chrome trim and turn signal side mirrors add a touch of elegance. Limited trim Imprezas begin at $24,195.

The Limited's leather trimmed interior features double stitching on the door armrests and instrument panel, and a 6-way power driver's seat. Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and 8-inch color display. The exclusive instrument panel features a high grade instrument cluster with color LCD display and harman/kardon® premium audio is available. Models equipped with EyeSight also include High Beam Assist. The available navigation system features maps provided by TomTom.

The FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine with direct fuel injection boosts both performance (now 152-hp vs. 148 previous version) and drivability. In highline trims, the Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios. The 2018 Impreza achieves up to 38 highway MPG and more than 450 miles on a full tank making it one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive vehicles sold in the U.S..

The EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Steering Responsive Headlights, and High Beam Assist are also available. All 2018 Impreza models include, as standard equipment, front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag.

The 2018 Impreza includes additional driver-assist technologies. Reverse Automatic Braking that can apply the vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing is standard on the Limited trim equipped with EyeSight. A rear vision camera with steering lines display is standard on all models. A 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System that detects pressure drops at individual wheels is standard on Premium, Sport and Limited.

SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth® wireless capability, iPod® control, smartphone integration and more. The display screen acts as the display for the standard rear vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.

SUBARU STARLINK™ Connected Services comes with the Safety Plus package that offers SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and Diagnostic Alerts. This package can be upgraded to the Safety Plus & Security Plus package that adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.





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CODE 01 Standard Model


CODE 11 Premium Model


CODE 12 Moonroof


CODE 13 EyeSight® +Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert +Steering Responsive Fog Lights


CODE 15 EyeSight® +Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert +Steering Responsive Fog Lights +Moonroof


CODE 21 Sport Model


CODE 22 Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers


CODE 23 EyeSight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speaker


CODE 31 Limited Model


CODE 33 EyeSight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert


CODE 35 EyeSight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Navigation +Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers



Changes from the last generation to the current one:


2018 Impreza has latest generation Eyesight system 

which includes the addition of Lane Keep Assist (to nudge you back into your lane), Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, steering responsive headlights, and High Beam Assist.  You also get optional automatic braking when backing up if an obstacle is detected.

 Eyesight cameras.

Steering responsive LED headlights

Blind spot detection

Eyesight is an optional suite of driver assistance technologies that includes adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking. 

This generation sports the first steering-responsive headlights ever offered on an Impreza. 

Detected by radar, a light in mirror housings illuminates when another vehicle is in your blind spot.  On other Subaru models, this light is a less conspicuous spot in the mirror glass itself.

Displacement remained at 2.0 liters but output and fuel economy improved.
Ratings below are for auto transmission models.

City Highway
2.0i Sedan
28 38
2.0i Sport Sedan 27 36
2.0i 5-Door
28 37
2.0i Sport 5-Door 27 35

Horsepower increased to 152 from 148. 

Interior moved upscale with this generation.
Infotainment system offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that interface with Subaru's Starlink system.  Power seat is available, as is harmon/kardan audio.




Infotainment system incorporates the Rear Vision Camera and integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod® control capability and iTunes® Tagging capability, USB port and aux. input jack. 
Subaru debuted global architecture on the current generation.
This was the first Subaru model  to ride on the new common platform which will eventually underpin nearly all of Subaru's vehicles.  Using one platform reduces development time and cost. 

Also known as a chassis, a platform is the basic architecture of a vehicle.  Obviously an Outback needs a bigger frame than an Impreza, but many of the vehicles will share more modular components than in the past, when Subaru had to start from scratch to build a new vehicle. 

Current generation Impreza grew slightly in size:
            Wheelbase:   105.1 inches: + 1 inch
           Length:          182.1 inches: + 1.6 inches
           Width:            70 inches: + 1.5 inches
           Height:           57.3 inches: - .4 inches 

The only dimension that decreases slightly was height, for better aerodynamics, and this didn't affect ground clearance. 

Impreza is now manufactured stateside. 
Since debuting in 1993, Subaru has built every Impreza in Japan. 

Previously, Subaru manufactured only Legacy and Outback in Indiana.


Pricing increased only $100. 
See current Impreza models and pricing.


t's remarkable that Subaru can continue, year after year, to include more and more equipment with price increases that don't even match inflation. 

 Current Paint and Interiors:

Trim Levels and what you get:

Imprezas through the years:

2017 and up

Based on a brand new chassis that will underpin most Subarus into the next decade, this Impreza can absorb 40% more crash energy than its predecessor.  Interior appointments and infotainment capabilities are comparable with much more expensive vehicles.  It's the first Impreza manufactured at Subaru's sole North American plant in Indiana.  More horsepower, more fuel economy, and more technology--including optional whizbang features such as steering-responsive headlights. 
2012 through 2016

Fuel economy leaped into the high 30s on the highway with the introduction of a continuously variable transmission and state-of-the-art 2.0 liter engine.  Seventh airbag, to protect driver's knees, becomes standard.  Though it officially remains a compact car, this generation offers interior space we have traditionally expected from mid-size cars.

2008 through 2011

Sales took off with this larger Impreza, built on a compact version of the platform from the larger Legacy sedan.  S
ix airbags became standard. 

2002 through 2007

After nine years with only modest updates, we were ready for a modern Impreza.  2002 and 2003 models arrived with controversial round headlights, but Subaru moved to a more conventional front end in 2004 (the hatchback pictured to the left is a 2007 model).  New standard features included side airbags, 2.5 liter engine, and even a CD player(!).  Size remained very compact, but Subaru modernized everything.  Interior materials improved along with ride quality and appearance. 


1993 through 2001

Subaru introduced the Impreza in 1993 in your choice of coupe, sedan, and hatchback.  All models came with a 2.2 liter Boxer engine, with front wheel drive or all wheel drive.  With small updates, Subaru produced the same car for nine years, which is long time in an industry predisposed to five year product cycles.  Subaru introduced the sporty RS model in 1998, the spiritual ancestor of the legendary WRX that would appear in 2002.  The Outback Sport, forerunner of the Crosstrek, debuted in 1996.

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