2012 Subaru Impreza

2014 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

Pros: Standard (and affordable) all-wheel drive; spacious-for-the-class cabin, smooth ride

Cons: Noisier all-around than most class rivals; finicky touchscreen controls; mediocre acceleration

CG Says: The 2014 Subaru Impreza sees a couple minor updates. The available navigation system adds Aha-based smartphone connectivity, and Limited models now have a rearview camera. Impreza brings to the very competitive compact-car market some rare-for-the-class features including the choice of a hatchback-like station-wagon body style, standard all-wheel drive, and the brand’s signature “boxer” engine layout. Impreza delivers a well-rounded package that’s roomy, pleasant to drive, and very practical. Downsides include an engine that isn’t particularly powerful and can be quite noisy at times. For shoppers adventuresome enough to look beyond the default choices in small cars, the Impreza could be a very satisfying pick.

2014 Subaru Impreza