Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic

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, Automotive Editor - November 28, 2023
2023 Honda Civic

Automakers have been busy updating their compact cars recently. Honda came out with a fully redesigned Civic for the 2022 model year, while the Subaru Impreza was redesigned for 2024. While both compact vehicles have been recently redesigned, compete in the same segment, and are relatively similar in size, there are a few differences that may have you leaning toward one option.

In this brief comparison, we’ll explore some of the key similarities and differences between the Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza. We’ll compare the two compact vehicles when it comes to pricing, performance, design, and technology. In the end, we’ll help you decide which option is right for you.

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic Price

2024 Subaru Impreza

The cheapest Subaru Impreza is the base trim which starts at $24,085, while the most expensive Subaru Impreza is the RS trim which costs $28,975. Honda Civic prices start at $25,045 for the LX sedan and go up to $32,545 for the Sport Touring hatchback. The high-performance Type R is priced at $44,890.

When you compare the two compact cars to one another, the difference in price between the Impreza and Civic is $960 in the Impreza’s favor. At the top of the range, the Impreza is $3,570 cheaper. If you include the Type R, the Impreza is $15,915 cheaper.

While the Impreza is cheaper than the Civic, Honda Civic lease deals tend to be better than ones that Subaru offers for the Impreza. Additionally, the Civic tends to be available with better financing deals than the Impreza.

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic Performance

2023 Subaru Impreza Engine

When it comes to performance, the Subaru Impreza is available with two different engines. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor that makes 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The available RS trim comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 182 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on every Impreza.

The Honda Civic is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a CVT and routes power to the front wheels.

Unlike the Impreza, the Civic’s available high-performance Type R trim features a high-powered engine. The Type R comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Type R can get to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic Interior and Exterior Design

The Subaru Impreza may be fully redesigned for 2024, but it looks similar to the previous generation of the vehicle. The exterior design of the Impreza features standout elements that Subaru has become known for. The car features a small oval grille, sharp headlights, and angular elements on the front fascia. The rear end of the Impreza has c-shaped taillights, a small rear spoiler, and a chunky bumper. Overall, the Impreza has a sporty exterior design.

On the other hand, the Honda Civic has a more premium look. The compact car features a blunt front end with a slim horizontal grille, squared-off headlights, and a large front air intake. The rear end of the Civic has a slim grille, oval taillights, and a streamlined bumper.

It’s a similar story on the inside. The Impreza’s cabin will be familiar to any Subaru fans. The compact car has a dashboard that emphasizes the center console, which has vertically oriented air vents and two screens that are split by physical controls. The rest of the Impreza’s interior has a simple, straightforward design.

Honda’s engineers have given the Civic an upscale interior design. The simple dashboard has a honeycomb trim piece that covers the air vents, a small row of physical controls on the center console, and a central screen that sits on top of the dash. To our eyes, the Civic’s cabin has a more premium look than the Impreza’s.

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic Technology

2024 Honda Civic Dashboard

Standard tech features on the Subaru Impreza include two seven-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four audio speakers, and one USB port. Available features include an 11.6-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone connectivity, 10 audio speakers, navigation, a wireless charging pad, dual USB ports, and voice recognition.

Honda offers the Civic with a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a USB port, Bluetooth, and four audio speakers. Available tech features on the Civic include a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a nine-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone connectivity, a 12-speaker audio system, a wireless charging pad, and satellite radio.

Which Is Better: Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic?

If you need AWD to tackle inclement weather or do some very light off-roading, the Subaru Impreza is the better choice over the Honda Civic. The Impreza is also more affordable, is available with a larger touchscreen, and has a sportier design than the Civic. Unfortunately, the Impreza loses this comparison.

The Honda Civic is the better option for more drivers than the Impreza. The Civic costs more, but it has a more premium interior design, comes with more powerful engines, has better overall performance, and is available in more configurations than the Impreza. Honda also has the heroic Type R, which the Impreza can’t match.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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