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2020 Subaru Impreza

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Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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2020 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $18,695
2020 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $19,195
2020 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $22,095
2020 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,595
2020 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,895
2020 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $23,495
2020 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $25,795
2020 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $26,295

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Subaru Impreza is back with an updated grille and front fascia and standard automatic door locks. Additionally, the Subaru EyeSight suite of active safety features is now standard on all models equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The remaining changes include a new powertrain performance management system on the Sport sedan trim, new wheel designs for the Sport and Limited, and a new Ocean Blue Pearl exterior color.

Choosing Your Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza is available in four trims: Impreza, Premium, Sport, and Limited. Pricing starts at $19,595 including destination for the base Impreza and reaches $26,695 for the Limited.

A hatchback body style is available on all four trims for a $500 premium over the sedan.

Engine Choices

Subaru equips the Impreza with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. This all-wheel-drive model works with a five-speed manual transmission on Impreza and Sport hatchback models. The CVT is standard elsewhere and available for $1,300 on the manual models.

The Impreza sedan achieves an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 combined with the manual transmission. The hatchback variant gets 24 mpg city. With the CVT, fuel economy jumps to 28/36/31 mpg (city/highway/combined) in both sedan and hatchback guise.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Despite its small footprint, the Subaru Impreza offers a spacious interior with ample room for four passengers and decent space for five. The rear seat has good legroom and is contoured.

The sedan offers just 12.3 cubic feet of storage space, compared to 20.8 with the hatchback. With the rear seat folded, the hatchback offers a generous 55.3 cubic feet of storage capacity, which rivals some small crossovers.

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Safety Features

Subaru’s EyeSight suite, which is standard on models with the CVT, brings adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.

Limited models come standard with automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear automatic braking.

The Impreza has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and is a Top Safety Pick Plus according to the IIHS.

Connectivity

Subaru equips the Impreza with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a USB port, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility. The Premium gains a second front USB port, while the Sport and Limited get an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and wi-fi hot spot capability.

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Impreza - From $19,595

The base Impreza comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a six-way manual driver seat, a four-way manual front passenger seat, and cloth upholstery. Keyless entry, a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering column, full power accessories, and air conditioning are standard features.

Premium - From $22,995

The Impreza Premium features automatic headlights, fog lights, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and heated side mirrors. The hatchback gains raised roof rails. Inside, Subaru adds a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a CD player, and HD Radio.

A moonroof is bundled with blind-spot monitoring, push button start, and a six-way power driver's seat for $1,970.

Sport - From $24,395

The Sport trim features a few exterior changes, including 18-inch alloy wheels, integrated turn signals in the side mirrors, and body-color side rocker spoilers. The interior gains the bigger infotainment display, sport cloth upholstery with red stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push button start, and aluminum pedal covers.

On the sedan, it costs $2,470 to equip the moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Limited - From $26,695

At the top of the roster is the Limited trim. Standard exterior features include adaptive headlights, chrome door handles, and fog lights. Inside, the seats are covered in leather and the driver gains six-way power adjustment.

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CarsDirect Tip

We like the utility of the 2020 Subaru Impreza hatchback, which gives it an edge over the sedan. The standard manual gearbox is intriguing, but it sadly keeps buyers from the driver assist safety features that come with the CVT.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Excellent safety
  • Available as a hatchback
Cons
  • Underpowered engine
  • Lacks panache
  • Some low-quality interior materials
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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Standard all-wheel drive. The 2020 Subaru Impreza is notable for its standard all-wheel drive on every model, making it a popular choice in areas of the country that experience regular snow in winter. Subaru's in particular is designed as full-time all-wheel-drive system, and is able to send power to whatever wheels need it the most to efficiently handle low-traction conditions.

This is in contrast to most setups in competing vehicles, which are usually based on a modified standard front-wheel-drive setup. In these systems, power is often sent to only the front wheels for efficiency reasons, and only a fraction of the power can be sent to the rear when necessary.

Subaru also claims that the reduced complexity of their full-time AWD system enhances efficiency as well, which is reflected in the Impreza's decent fuel economy ratings.

A bit pedestrian. Overall, the Subaru Impreza lacks any substantial personality. The car doesn't evoke second glances for better or for worse, and while Subaru has improved their interiors greatly over the past couple of years, the Impreza still doesn't stand out from the rest of the pack.

Despite this lack of visual excitement or material feel, the Impreza remains a comfortable option with adjustable front seats and a roomy back seat.

The driving dynamics of the Impreza tell the same story. While the AWD system and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are some of the best in their class, the Impreza is quite slow with only 152 horsepower from its naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine.

Even in the Sport trim, the steering lacks the feedback found in competing vehicles like the Honda Civic or Mazda Mazda3, and the suspension is set up for more a more sedate and comfortable ride as opposed to being optimized for handling.

Then again, you may want a car that isn't ostentatious or sporty, and that is perfectly OK. If so, the perfectly rational Impreza may be the compact car for that job.


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Good value. For the price, the Impreza brings quite a bit to the table. All models offer a high degree of smartphone connectivity, and the touchscreens are bright and the Subaru operating system is easy to follow and quick to respond.

Additionally, the Impreza offers smart additions as you climb the trim ladder, like upgraded suspension dampers and a noise-insulating windshield that can go a long way into making a long car ride less exhausting.

Even at the top trim level, the Impreza still offers a lot of value with premium features like a bigger touchscreen, adaptive headlights, power front heated seats, and leather upholstery for around $27,000. Even if you select the one optional package that adds Harmon Kardon sound, navigation, and a moonroof, the price still falls under $30,000 including destination.

Safety is everything. Like every new Subaru, the Impreza scores top marks in safety. The IIHS and NHTSA have both awarded it top marks in every category, especially when equipped with the LED headlights found in the top Limited trim.

In addition to high crash test ratings, Impreza models with the CVT also receive an impressive suite of standard active safety features that include automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. Higher-end models receive blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Get the hatchback. The Impreza is offered as both a sedan and a five-door hatchback, and we think the hatchback is the better choice. While the five-door is $500 more than the sedan, it's by far the most popular version.

The reason why is easy to see: you get a ton of extra room for activities in the hatchback. With the rear seats up, the cargo capacity almost doubles from about 12 cubic feet in the sedan to 21 cubic feet in the five-door, and with the rear seats folded that capacity that swells to over 55 cubic feet. In short, the Impreza hatch can carry about as much stuff as most compact utility vehicles on the market today, an impressive feat.

We also think the hatchback looks a bit better.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Subaru Impreza may not be fancy or fast, but it is a practical and reliable car that offers a great AWD system at a good price.

At the end of the day, it's exactly what some people are looking for in a vehicle, and it should serve those people very well. Not everyone needs a car that feels like it has personality, and those who do have brands like Dodge and Mazda to serve their needs.

If you want an AWD system that will take you a bit further off-road, check out the Subaru Crosstrek; it's basically an Impreza with a lift kit. Those who seek a compact car with AWD that's more fun to drive would do well to investigate the Mazda3, which sports dashing looks, an upscale interior, sporty handling, and an optional AWD system.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 152 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 7-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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 Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
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
$50
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
2,976 Lbs. / 3,036 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver / Power Remote Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
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
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
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
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
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
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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