2018 Subaru Impreza Sport Sedan. The Impreza's steering is
responsive. The suspension manages bumps and keeps the car
stable in quick maneuvers.
Subaru is the
indie band you loved when nobody knew them, and the 4-star 2018
Impreza 2.0i Sport compact sedan just might be the crossover hit
that takes them big time, landing them in movie soundtracks,
commercials and three driveways on your block.
Do you still
love them? Or are you a fair-weather fan who valued their obscurity
as much as the music they made?
been the in-crowdís secret for years. Now it also makes several of
the worldís best cars. Itís hard to keep that quiet. Get used to
seeing more Subarus.
This is not
without risk. Other brands have built a devoted audience around a
unique personality, only to lose sight of what made them special as
they chased higher sales.
Impreza 2.0i Sport sedan
five-passenger compact sedan
tested: $24,145 (excluding destination charge)
Rating: 4 out
of 4 stars
buy: Value; all-wheel-drive; controls
Fuel economy; power
compact sedan and hatchback were all-new for the 2017 model year.
The 2018 model year brought a few safety features and a price
increase that reflects the carís status as a hit: Impreza sales
are up 48.3 percent versus a year ago.
is standard on all models, a feature that makes the Impreza unique
among mass-market compacts. Competition includes the Chevy Cruze,
Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Nissan
Sentra, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta.
have a 2.0L four-cylinder horizontally opposed "boxer"
engine that produces 152 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque.
at $18,495 for a four-door sedan with a five-speed manual
transmission. Hatchbacks start at $18,995. Subaruís continuously
variable automatic transmission adds $1,000.
expensive Impreza in the 2018 model line is a $24,695 Limited
hatchback with the CVT.
I tested a
nicely equipped mid-level 2017 Impreza Sport sedan that stickered at
$24,145. My car had a large and useful touch screen; voice
recognition; Apple CarPlay; Bluetooth compatibility; Android Auto;
backup camera; 18-inch alloy wheels; high-definition radio; a
four-month satellite radio trial; power locks, mirrors and windows;
power sunroof; Harman Kardon audio; blind spot and cross-traffic
A 2018 Impreza
Sport equipped like my test car costs $25,145. All prices exclude
a bargain. None of the other mass-market compacts offer AWD, and the
Imprezaís other features compare well.
BASE PRICES (EXCLUDING DESTINATION CHARGES)
Impreza 2.0i Sport sedan w/CVT: $22,895
Cruze Premier: $23,475
Titanium sedan: $24,175
Elantra Limited: $22,100
Kia Forte EX:
Mazda 3 Grand
VW Jetta 1.4T
The Impreza is
roomy and comfortable. The passenger compartment is larger than any
of the competitors. The front seat has plenty of storage for cups,
smartphones and the like. The rear seat is accommodating. The trunk
is smallest in the group, but still practical.
include a large touch screen for smartphone and other functions.
There are also conventional buttons and dials for frequently used
features such as volume, tuning, fan and temperature. The controls
are simple and easy to use.
uses a new platform Subaru developed. The structure is stiff and
light. My AWD Impreza weighed just 106 pounds more than a
front-drive VW Jetta SE.
the boxer engine and CVT to deliver satisfying performance despite
only average power for the segment. The steering is responsive. The
suspension manages bumps and keeps the car stable in quick
a wide range of safety features in an option package called EyeSight.
You can equip an Impreza with adaptive cruise control, automatic
braking, automatic high beam lights and lane-keeping assist, in
addition to the features on my car. That package of features costs
$2,150 on an Impreza Sport.
styling is simple and nearly unadorned. Large windows provide good
visibility. A rectangular grille houses a Subaru badge and silver
The sides have
mild fender flares and subtle character lines running along the
beltline and just above the door sills.
flashier looks and more performance when Subaru adds a high-powered
WRX sport model in 2019.
horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine
Power: 152 hp
@ 6,000 rpm; 145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Continuously variable automatic
assembled: Lafayette, Ind.
Itís hard to
find any real shortcomings in the Impreza. Fuel economy is in the
middle of the pack, but thatís still pretty good for an
all-wheel-drive vehicle competing with front-wheel-drive cars. AWD
adds weight and increases how the engine works even when the car
doesnít need extra traction.
The EPA rates
the CVT-equipped Impreza at 28 m.p.g. in the city, 38 on the highway
and 32 in combined driving. The key combined figure trails the Civic
and Cruze, but is actually better than the Mazda 3, Ford Focus and
The other cars
match the Impreza.
EPA FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS
Impreza 2.0i Sport sedan w/CVT: 32 m.p.g. city/38 highway/32
combined. Regular gasoline.
Cruze Premier: 29/40/33. Regular gasoline.
Titanium sedan: 27/38/31. Regular gasoline.
EX-L: 32/42/36. Regular gasoline
Elantra Limited: 28/37/32. Regular gasoline
Kia Forte EX:
29/38/32. Regular gasoline
Mazda 3 Grand
Touring: 28/37/31. Regular gasoline
SL: 29/37/32. Regular gasoline
XSE: 28/35/31. Regular gasoline.
VW Jetta 1.4T
SE: 28/38/32. Regular gasoline.