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2019 Subaru Impreza

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2019 2.0i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $18,595
2019 2.0i 4dr All-wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $19,095
2019 2.0i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $21,595
2019 2.0i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,095
2019 2.0i Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $22,195
2019 2.0i Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,695
2019 2.0i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $25,190
2019 2.0i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,690


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.

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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:

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The base 2.0i Sedan starts at $19,480 (all prices include the $885 destination charge), while the 2.0i 5-door is $550 more with a starting price tag of $19,980. The entry-level trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels, black folding side mirrors, body-color door handles, halogen headlights, and daytime running lights. Standard interior features include a four-speaker audio system, a 6.5-inch multimedia display, manually-adjustable air conditioning, power windows, and cloth seats.

Choosing the $1,000 CVT brings the option of adding Subaru's EyeSight system for $845. EyeSight includes forward collision warning and throttle management, lane keeping assist, lane sway warning, adapative cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Standalone optional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror ($245), auto-dimming exterior mirrors with approach lights ($232), and a trunk spoiler ($365).

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2.0i Premium

The 2.0i Premium is priced at $22,480 as a sedan and $22,980 as a hatchback. It adds 16-inch alloy wheels, body-color exterior mirrors, heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, auto-on and -off headlights, paddle shifters, a 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus display, a six-speaker audio system, and the CVT as standard.

There are two available packages for the trim. The first one costs $1,395 and adds Subaru's EyeSight system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive fog lights. The second package adds a moonroof with all of the same features and costs $2,395. Noteworthy options include a Rockford Fosgate audio system ($499) and a remote engine starter ($461).

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2.0i Sport

The 2.0i Sport sedan starts at $23,080 with the hatchback checking in at $23,580. The Impreza Sport gets 18-inch wheels, a stainless steel exhaust tip, a trunk spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport cloth seats, aluminum-alloy pedal covers, a multifunction color display, keyless access with push-button start, and an 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus display as standard.

Adding the CVT for an additional $800 allows you to choose one package that costs $2,945. It comes with Subaru's EyeSight system, a moonroof, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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2.0i Limited

The range-topping 2.0i Limited carries a starting price tag of $26,075 for the sedan and $26,575 for the hatchback. It comes with the CVT, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED adaptive headlights, chrome door handles, a power driver's seat, leather-trimmed upholstery, automatic climate control, EyeSight, and high beam assist as standard.

Optional packages include a bundle with a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert that costs $1,400 and one with the same features plus a Harman Kardon audio system and navigation is priced at $2,750.

CarsDirect Tip

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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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Subaru Impreza has always enjoyed an advantage in the competitive compact car segment thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. The 2019 Subaru Impreza supplies good road manners and has a great safety record to go with it. On the other hand, its interior could stand a styling upgrade.

Best Value

The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a compact model available in two body styles: a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. This model seats five and comes in four trims: base 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport, and 2.0i Limited.

You’ll find one engine and two transmission choices with the 2019 Impreza. A 2.0-liter flat-four engine works with a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT includes a sport mode for simulated gear shifts or steps.

The list of standard features includes halogen headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, power door locks, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cloth seats and air conditioning. A four-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch color display is also standard. This system includes Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and select integrated apps.

We chose the Premium model as it adds several features most customers want, including automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system, and a basic safety package with collision support. Our pick was also for the hatchback over the sedan for the greater versatility. While the sedan's trunk measures a modest 12.3 cubic feet, the hatchback has 20.8 cubes of standard storage space and a robust 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

  • Model: 2019 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium 5-Door
  • Engine: 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder
  • Output: 152 hp / 145 lb-ft
  • Transmission:CVT
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 28 City / 36 Hwy
  • Options:EyeSight Driver Assist Technology Package ($1,395, lane keeping assist, lane departure and sway warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, steering responsive fog lights)
  • Base Price:$22,980 (including an $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$24,375


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No other model in this segment offers all-wheel drive, unless you count the pricey Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R. Both performance models cost twice the price of the base Impreza. Then again, we won’t compare the Impreza’s all-wheel-drive system with these two stout models.

We like the Impreza’s flat-four engine as it churns out the noises that go right with a sporty model. Trouble is, this 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes just 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, which means it's out-powered by most competitors. The five-speed manual gearbox could use an extra gear, but it should please most people who would rather change their own gears.

The other choice is the CVT, which has an efficiency edge of about four miles per gallon over the manual. Switch to manual mode and you’ll insist that you’re driving a geared automatic transmission as it “steps” offer a laudable imitation of the real thing.

On the road, the CVT works well with the engine, at least before speed begins to build. Later, the CVT demonstrates lag and this means you’ll need to plan your passing with care. As for climbing a mountain grade, that challenge increases exponentially.


The Subaru Impreza doesn’t have knock-them-dead looks, which used to be typical of this segment. These days, however, models such as the Honda Civic and Ford Focus are real head-turners and make the Impreza look, well, relatively plain.

Whether you choose the sedan or the hatchback, the two models are quite similar in appearance. We think the latter has the advantage from a styling perspective, never mind the versatility it brings to the table.

Although we recommend the Premium model, you won’t go wrong if you prefer the Sport edition. Indeed, with its upscale 18-inch alloy wheels and a body kit that's ideally matched to the Impreza’s design, it offers a styling advantage over the rest.

Inside, the cabin offers no standout styling features, although on the upper trim models the stitching on the dashboard and door panels looks great. The Impreza’s controls are intuitive and include a pair of vents positioned on either side of the touchscreen display. The available eight-inch screen looks better though.

The Best and Worst Things

Safety is always a strong suit for Subaru. This model is no exception, as it has earned top scores from both federal and independent crash testers. The available driver-assist features simply make this a great car in all things safety. The Impreza’s weakest link is its performance. This isn’t the STI and shoppers should manage their expectations accordingly.

Right For? Wrong For?

Subaru Impreza

Customers shopping for a small sedan with an outstanding safety record should hone in on the Impreza. That it offers good road manners clinches it for some. But if you’re looking for a model with more flair and storage room, the Subaru Crosstrek is the better choice of the two.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Subaru Impreza’s all-wheel-drive system gives this model a distinct advantage over its competitors, although it could be better. Yet, when you add everything up, the Impreza has an edge in a very competitive, although shrinking, segment.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 152 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 7-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 152 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 32 / 28 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.1 "
Exterior Width
70.0 "
Exterior Height
57.3 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,974 Lbs. / 3,034 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Eyesight Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Eyesight Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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