2018 Subaru Impreza hatchback

Pros: Standard (and affordable) all-wheel drive; wide array of available safety features; simple-to-use controls

Cons: Acceleration is a bit slow from a stop; no optional engine available

CG Says: Subaru Impreza gains windshield-wiper-activated headlights for 2018. Four-door hatchback and sedan body styles are offered, and all-wheel drive—an unusual feature in the compact-car class—is standard. The sole engine is a 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Available convenience features include keyless entry and starting, self-dimming headlights, and roof rails. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, rear-cross-traffic alert, rear-obstacle detection with automatic braking, and adaptive fog lights that turn with the steering wheel. Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system has long been a key Impreza selling point, but the redesign for 2017 brought plenty of new strengths that made this compact contender a more compelling choice. The Impreza’s standout features include excellent visibility, a sensible control layout, and a full range of up-to-date safety and convenience features. Interior room, fuel economy and overall driving dynamics are also class competitive. The Impreza is well worth a look—even if you don’t need all-wheel drive.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base sedan: $19,355
Base hatchback: $19,855
Premium sedan: $22,155
Premium hatchback: $22,655
Sport sedan: $22,955
Sport hatchback: $23,455
Limited sedan: $25,055
Limited hatchback: $25,555

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2018 Subaru Impreza sedan
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 5

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