Standard all-wheel drive in a small car is a rarity, but this is what the Subaru Impreza model can boast, as well as an affordable price. The 2023 pricing has just been announced.
The Subaru Impreza, both sedan and 5-door hatchback, is the only AWD compact passenger car in America. All four trim levels – Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited – come with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Subaru Impreza vs Rivals
Let’s say right away that the main advantage of the Subaru model against competitors is the availability of all-wheel drive.
Unlike the Impreza, the Honda Civic offers a peppy turbocharged engine and cooler high-tech features in the cabin, including a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and wireless device charging. The Civic’s trunk is about 2.5 cubic feet bigger.
Both the Impreza and the Toyota Corolla feature good interiors and comfortable rides but languid acceleration and small trunks. The Impreza hatchback offers more room for cargo than the Corolla hatchback. The Toyota is generally a better value due to its higher fuel economy rating and the long list of standard features.
If you want performance, the Subaru WRX will be a better choice than the Impreza due to its more potent 268-hp engine enabling brisk acceleration. Though, the WRX is pricier and has worse fuel efficiency. Both boast roomy seating, undersized trunks, and a sleek infotainment system.
Cons and Pros
Surely, fuel efficiency is a strong point of the model. Fuel consumption of the new 2023 Subaru Impreza is 36 miles per gallon on the highway or more than 450 miles on a full tank – it’s decent for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Add here comfortable roomy seating, balanced ride and handling, straightforward tech, and user-friendly features.
With all the merits, there is one significant weakness, in our opinion – the powertrain. Under the hood, the car has Subaru’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 152-hp and 145 lb-ft. Its power is lacking, plus both transmission options at times feel unrefined.
Moreover, while the Impreza hatchback provides ample cargo space, the trunk of the Impreza sedan is on the small side.
2023 Subaru Impreza: features
Yesterday Subaru announced new manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the 2023 Impreza that will reach dealers this fall. The sedan costs between $20,815 and $25,615 depending on configuration, and the hatchback’s prices go from $21,315 to $28,415 – all prices include a destination and delivery charge.
A Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) is available for every Impreza, while a 5-speed manual gearbox is offered on the base model and the Impreza 5-Door Sport.
There are several option packages, which in particular offer a power moonroof, a navigation system, and a Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers. Models with the CVT feature a Rear Seat Reminder; there is a 7-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters on Premium and above CVT-equipped Imprezas.