Subaru Impreza Review and Links

 
    
Planet exclusive Impreza photo gallery.  Click to enlarge.

Note:  2017 model is shown, but there were no changes to the exterior for 2018





Impreza in One Sentence:
Go for the Impreza if you want a smaller car with lots of utility and the best fuel economy of any all wheel drive vehicle sold in America.



Overview:

Available as a sedan or a hatchback, Impreza is Subaru's most compact vehicle...but it's quite roomy inside.  It is similar in size to a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic, but with all wheel drive and even better engineering.  All Imprezas are very well equipped, including features such as a telescopic steering column and seven airbags.




Planet videos:  (2017 models shown, but 2018 is identical).



Price:

Imprezas start in the upper teens.

What's new for 2018?

  • Compare 2018 Impreza to 2017 Impreza


Resources:

  • Peruse a fancy dynamic Impreza brochure.
  • Review Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test results


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Impreza through the years:



2017 and newer


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.





Planet Exclusive Comparisons:

  • Compare Impreza with Crosstrek
  • Compare Impreza with Honda Civic and Mazda 3
  • See the Planet-exclusive quick model comparison chart

  


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