Compact sedans and hatchbacks aren't as popular as they once were, but that hasn't stopped Subaru from offering the Impreza in a competitive package. With more technology than ever and better driving dynamics from a 2017 redesign, the 2019 Subaru Impreza remains one of the better choices on the market for those looking for something small, but extremely capable – especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
What's New for 2019
Pricing has gone up by $100 for 2019. That's not the only thing that's changed, as Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assist safety features can be added to every trim in the lineup. Moving up to the Limited trim brings EyeSight as standard, as well as an upgraded 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Choosing Your Subaru Impreza
The Impreza is available as a sedan or in a more versatile hatchback body style. Regardless of what body style you opt for, the Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. The CVT is an extra $1,000 on the 2.0i base trim, standard on the 2.0i Premium, an additional $800 on the Sport trim, and standard on the range-topping 2.0i Limited. Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is standard across the lineup.
When properly equipped with the CVT, the Impreza sedan is rated by the EPA to get up to 28 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway, and 32 combined, while the hatchback checks in at 28/36/31 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the CVT.
Despite its compact size, the Impreza has a spacious cargo area. The sedan can hold up to 12.3 cubic feet, while the five-door hatchback model has a maximum cargo capacity of 20.8 cubic feet.
Both the Impreza sedan and hatchback are available in four trims:
Now that Subaru has added the ability to tack on the EyeSight suite of advanced safety features to the entry-level Impreza, it makes sticking with one of the lower trims even more attractive. We naturally gravitate toward the 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport because of its athletic look, but the 2.0i Premium has a good mix of features, too.
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