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2021 Subaru Impreza: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - June 18, 2020

Model Preview

Subaru works on a five-year model schedule, with vehicles receiving a refresh in their fourth year and a redesign for the sixth. That means that the 2021 Subaru Impreza is likely to carry forward with no changes after a 2020 refresh. Expect a full redesign for 2022.

Last year’s refresh brought mild changes to the exterior, but no one would blame you for not noticing. The biggest tweaks came at the front fascia, but the taillights saw an update as well. The Impreza should look familiar regardless — it’s essentially the same car as the Subaru Crosstrek, minus the fender flares and some ride height.

Inside, the current Impreza is surprisingly spacious for a compact sedan. Trim isn’t luxurious, but the layout is intuitive and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen comes standard. We expect the practical hatchback to continue as the Impreza of choice, boasting an impressive 55.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the seats folded.

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The Impreza will likely keep the same 2.0-liter engine for 2021, producing a pedestrian 152 horsepower. Most Imprezas will leave dealerships with CVTs, but a five-speed manual is available on some trims. Regardless of transmission, every Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive. That’s a blessing for snow-state buyers, and even more so given the Impreza’s impressive 31-mpg combined rating with a CVT.

There’s another good reason to get the CVT: safety equipment. 2020 brought Subaru’s EyeSight suite of active safety features to all CVT-equipped Imprezas, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Those features join an impressive crash-test record, landing last year’s Impreza a Top Safety Pick award and five stars overall from the NHTSA. We don’t expect any major changes for 2021, but family buyers should rest easy.

Pricing & Release Date

A release date hasn’t been finalized, but based on previous years we expect the 2021 Impreza to land in the fall of 2020.

After the 2020 refresh, the Impreza saw a price increase of only $100. We’d expect starting prices to remain where they are for 2021: $19,595 for a base sedan, $22,995 for the Premium trim, $24,395 for an Impreza Sport, and $26,695 for a Limited (all including destination). Opting for a hatchback adds a reasonable $500 to starting price.

The Impreza has relatively little competition among compact economy cars — only the Mazda Mazda3 is available with all-wheel drive. For buyers who don’t need the all-weather capability, competitors like the Honda Civic may be worth a look.

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