Executive Summary

The 2021 Impreza is on sale now at Planet Subaru. On its volume products, Subaru typically introduces all-new models on a five-year product cycle.  Take a look at the way this cycle unfolds on the Impreza:

 Model year (and sequence in product cycle):Change:
2017 (first year)
All new design from the ground up
2018 (second year)
Very similar to prior year
2019 (third year)
Very similar to prior year
2020 (fourth year)
"Refresh" of the exterior and interior
2021 (fifth year)
Very similar to prior year
2022 (first year)
Cycle repeats...all new design from ground up

Since the 2021 model will be the fifth year of the model cycle, there aren't many changes. Subaru announced only two:
  • Premium trim adds SI-DRIVE performance management system.

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is now standard on all models with the automatic transmission.

For 2021, the Premium trim adds the SI-DRIVE performance management system which allows the driver to maximize engine performance, control and efficiency. With two selectable drive modes, the character of the power unit changes, giving the driver the freedom to customize the performance characteristics to match driving conditions or their personal driving preference.

All Impreza models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT come standard with the award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, as well as Lead Vehicle Start Alert. Models with the CVT also feature Rear Seat Reminder, which is designed to help prevent child and/or pet entrapment by alerting the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle.

The 2021 Impreza comes standard with legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder direct injected SUBARU BOXER® engine that produces 152-horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Available on all trim levels is the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which on Premium and above, features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2021 Impreza achieves up to 36 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.

Impreza Starts with A Solid Base
The Impreza Base with standard 5-speed manual transmission is priced at $18,795 for sedan and $19,295 for 5-door. The Impreza Base with optional Lineartronic CVT, priced from $20,095 for sedan and $20,595 for 5-door, includes standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, Rear Seat Reminder, high-grade combination meter with 4.2-inch color LCD, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Automatic Individual Wheel ID Registration and, on the sedan, an electronic trunk lid release.

The base-trim Impreza's extensive roster of standard features includes the SUBARU STARLINK™6.5-inch Multimedia system with touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; power windows with auto up/auto 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; keyless entry; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats and more. Automatic power door locks with collision detection unlock function is standard on all trim levels.

Impreza Premium
The popular Impreza Premium trim, priced at $22,195 for sedan and  $22,695 for 5-door includes all features from the Base model with Lineartronic CVT and adds 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The Premium also adds the STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus, STARLINK Safety and Security features, fog lights and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors. The 5-door models are equipped with roof rails as standard.

New for 2021, the Premium includes SI-DRIVE performance management system as standard equipment.

An option package for Premium adds a Power Moonroof, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and 6-way power driver's seat for an MSRP of $1,970.

Impreza Sport
The 2021 Impreza Sport, available in sedan and 5-door models, delivers a fun-to-drive performance feel thanks to exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring. The Sport 5-door is priced from $22,995 with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, which features a short throw shifter. The Sport 5-door is also available with a Lineartronic CVT with 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters for a price of $24,095.

The Impreza Sport sedan is priced at $23,595 and has the Lineartronic CVT as standard. SI-DRIVE performance management system is included with CVT models.

In both model styles, the Sport trim features upgrades over the Premium that include the SUBARU STARLINK™8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system; Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; aluminum pedals; and leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift handle and CVT shift boot.

An option package that includes Power Moonroof, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Harmon Kardon® amplifier and speakers and 6-way power driver's seat is available for an MSRP of $2,470.

Impreza Limited
The 2021 Limited trim delivers a touch of luxury and added tech in a fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient compact package. Priced from $25,895 for sedan and $26,395 5-door, the Limited looks the part of a top-of-line model with LED headlights (low and high beam) and LED daytime running lights.

The Limited features a plush, leather-trimmed interior with double stitching on the door armrests and instrument panel, plus 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 STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system.

Like the Premium and Sport models, the Limited features the SI-Drive performance management system. The Limited augments its long roster of standard safety features with Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. Also standard, High Beam Assist and Steering Responsive Headlights enhance night time visibility.

An option package that includes STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia with Navigation powered by TomTom®, Harmon Kardon® premium audio and Power Moonroof is available for an MPRP of $2,350.

Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
Impreza Sedan        
Standard 5MT 01 $18,795 $19,720
Standard CVT 03 $20,095 $21,020
Premium CVT 11, 14 $22,195 $23,120
Sport CVT 21, 23 $23,595 $24,520
Limited CVT 31, 35 $25,895 $26,820
Impreza 5-door        
Standard 5MT 01 $19,295 $20,220
Standard CVT 03 $20,595 $21,520
Premium CVT 11, 14 $22,695 $23,620
Sport 5MT 21 $22,995 $23,920
Sport CVT 21, 23 $24,095 $25,020
Limited CVT 31, 35 $26,395 $27,320
2021 Impreza Option Packages
Code Description MSRP
01 Standard Base Model (5MT) N/A
03 Base Model (CVT and EyeSight) N/A
11 Standard Premium Model N/A
14 Power Moonroof + Blind Sport Detection w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Keyless Access with Push-Button Start + Power Driver Seat $1,970
21 Standard Sport Model (5MT) N/A
21 Standard Sport Model (CVT and EyeSight) N/A
23 Power Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers + Power Driver Seat $2,470
31 Standard Limited Model N/A
35 Power Moonroof + Navigation System + Harman Kardon® Amplifiers and Speakers $2,350

Destination & Delivery is $925 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. D&D is $1,075 for retailers in Alaska.

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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