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Recently redesigned for the 2012 model year, the Impreza combines Subaru’s reassuring all-wheel-drive with an interior cabin sized for comfort. Add in the unique styling, which is sporty without being overdone, and this Japanese car makes an appealing alternative for car buyers.
Furthermore, an array of body-styles and trims are offered along with ample customization options. The four-door Impreza sedan is available in three trims: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. The other body-style, a five-door hatchback, is available in the same three trims as the sedan plus two more: a 2.0i Sport Premium and top-level 2.0i Sport Limited.
As the redesign was well-received, Subaru is giving Impreza customers even more for 2013 with standard Bluetooth, iPod/Auxiliary input, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Also new this year is an optional backup camera packaged with the navigation system.
Powering the entire Impreza lineup (excluding the WRX and WRX STI models) is a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard five-speed manual transmission. When equipped with an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), the 4-cylinder provides an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway -- efficient for an all-wheel drivetrain. Lead-footed drivers will be better off, though, with the manual because the CVT can feel restraining at times.
No matter the chosen number of doors, Subaru treats Impreza owners to an open cabin with good headroom and plenty of legroom for both front and rear passengers. Hatchback models have an edge on competitors in terms of cargo room. Interior quality, however, is less competitive, and the Impreza could use higher-quality materials.
The least expensive Impreza, the 2.0i is available in four- or five-door configurations. The 2-liter engine produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque with the support of a four-wheel independent suspension. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard, as are 15-inch steel wheels. The factory doesn't install fog lights, but Subaru dealers can install them within front fascia cutouts. Cloth upholstery covers the seats. An audio system consisting of four speakers, a CD player, an iPod/USB port and Bluetooth is controlled through the center stack’s multifunction display.
The Limited includes leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights and the All-Weather Package with a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors and heated front seats. All four body-colored door handles receive an upscale chrome accent. The Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard on the Limited, and comes with manual-mode paddle shifters. Automatic climate control, automatic headlights and a 4.3-inch LCD display with HD Radio capability are also standard.
The Premium adds 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; body-color side mirrors; a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, iPod/USB port and Bluetooth connectivity; an electronically controlled cruise function; and a three-spoke steering wheel with audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls. An available Alloy Wheel package consists of 17-inch wheels, a stainless exhaust tip, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle.
The Sport Premium includes leather-trimmed upholstery; a 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback; automatic climate control; and a 4.3-inch LCD display with an HD Radio, iPod/USB port and Bluetooth. An optional navigation system features a 6.1-inch touchscreen; SMS text messaging capability; SiriusXM and NavTraffic; and Bluetooth upgraded with audio streaming capability for wireless mobile music.
Only available as a five-door hatchback, the 2.0i Sport Premium costs less than the Limited and replaces leather seating with striped cloth upholstery. Leather still covers the steering wheel and shift handle. The six-speaker audio system has no LCD display or HD radio, but retains iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. Seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels have a dark grey finish that pairs with black roof rails. The All-Weather Package adds heat to the outside mirrors and front seats, along with a windshield wiper de-icer.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Subaru Impreza$20,988 | 10,860 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza Sedan$16,995 | 13,984 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$17,500 | 13,640 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$17,995 | 14,525 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$18,477 | 14,906 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$18,977 | 16,489 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$19,477 | 16,353 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$23,999 | 11,191 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza$24,999 | 23,740 mi
2013 Subaru Impreza WRX$35,990 | 26,011 mi
2012 Subaru Impreza$15,999 | 21,922 mi
2012 Subaru Impreza$16,995 | 60,727 mi
2012 Subaru Impreza$17,995 | 15,725 mi
2012 Subaru Impreza$18,888 | 16,602 mi
2012 Subaru Impreza$21,995 | 25,538 mi
2011 Subaru Impreza$16,500 | 48,598 mi
2011 Subaru Impreza$16,988 | 35,452 mi
2011 Subaru Impreza$16,995 | 51,610 mi
2011 Subaru Impreza$17,888 | 23,659 mi
2011 Subaru Impreza$17,988 | 15,826 mi
2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport$18,977 | 27,810 mi
2009 Subaru Impreza$29,950 | 38,189 mi
2008 Subaru Impreza$18,697 | 12,874 mi
2008 Subaru Impreza$19,995 | 48,207 mi
2007 Subaru Impreza$10,695 | 98,039 mi
2007 Subaru Impreza$10,995 | 85,658 mi
2007 Subaru Impreza$26,977 | 63,152 mi
2003 Subaru Impreza$8,999 | 221,644 mi
Sporty in sedan and hatchback models yet has less cargo utility.
No all-wheel drive but great fuel-mileage.
Doesn't offer much cargo space though it is more than fun-to-drive.
Available all-wheel drive but not many features on less-expensive trims.