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Subaru Impreza
2017
Subaru Impreza 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 Premium sedan AWD CVT
The redesigned 2017 Impreza compact has more available safety equipment and a roomier interior. Still available in both sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, the new Impreza has a very comfortable ride, agile and secure handling, and the cabin is considerably quieter. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission that mimics a conventional automatic and is not overly intrusive. We got 30 mpg overall with our sedan, commendable given the standard all-wheel drive. The infotainment screen is easy to use, and the rear seat is roomy for the a compact car. We recommend buying Subaru's optional EyeSight suite of advanced safety gear, which includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
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2012-2016
2012 Redesign Year
Subaru Impreza 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Others
The Impreza shot to the top of our small car rankings after its 2012 redesign, thanks to nimble handling, a roomy interior, improved fuel economy, and a comfortable ride that rivals some luxury sedans. All-wheel-drive, standard on all Imprezas, usually takes a toll on gas mileage, but we measured an impressive 27 mpg overall with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT.) Adults fit comfortably in the back seat, and the ride soaks up bumps with ease. Cabin noise remains an annoyance; updates for 2016 slightly improved that. Those updates also included a new touchscreen infotainment system, replacing previous antiquated offerings. Driver visibility and crash test results are top-notch. A rear camera became standard in 2015. Look for an Impreza with the optional EyeSight system, which includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Impreza Sport is a hatchback version; the Crosstrek is a renamed Impreza Sport with more ground clearance and some rugged styling tweaks. Performance buffs will gravitate towards the turbocharged WRX, but we found the notchy shifter, finicky clutch, and hair-trigger engine response makes it annoying to drive.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $19,100 - $20,475 $16,220 - $17,570
2015 $17,700 - $19,250 $14,850 - $16,350
2014 $15,800 - $31,150 $13,000 - $28,080
2013 $13,875 - $28,925 $11,150 - $25,900
2012 $11,900 - $26,550 $9,250 - $23,510
2008-2011
2008 Redesign Year
Subaru Impreza 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Sedan WRX
Redesigned for 2008, this generation of the Impreza became considerably more refined. It is a pleasant and practical car with one of the most comfortable rides of any small car we've tested. Improvements include more rear-seat room, a quieter cabin, and better fit and finish than the previous model. While its handling is still fairly agile, the Impreza isn't as sporty to drive as its predecessor. Standard all-wheel drive helps in slippery conditions, but saps fuel economy; fuel economy of 24 mpg overall with the automatic ranks among the least efficient small cars. Crash-test results are impressive; electronic stability control was a readily available option that became standard in 2009. The Impreza Outback Sport is basically a better-appointed Impreza hatchback with a two-tone paint job; stability control was standard. The turbocharged WRX accelerates strongly, but the 2008 version proved to be surprisingly bland to drive. A quick 2009 update had 40 more horsepower and a retuned suspension, making it much more fun. The 24 mpg we measured with a manual transmission was pretty good for this level of acceleration. With over 300 horsepower, the STi version is a hard-core sports car; most buyers will find the WRX to be a more livable everyday.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $9,975 - $24,150 $7,400 - $21,070
2010 $8,075 - $21,400 $5,590 - $18,375
2009 $6,950 - $20,425 $4,520 - $17,390
2008 $6,625 - $19,200 $4,195 - $16,150
2002-2007
2002 Redesign Year
Subaru Impreza 2007 Trim Shown: 2007 Sedan
One of the better small cars, the Impreza serves up a supple ride and enjoyable handling. Paired with a well-tuned suspension, sharp steering makes the car feels agile and fun to drive. Standard anti-lock brakes and all-wheel-drive provide confidence in slippery conditions. Road noise can grow wearisome on longer trips. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder supplies decent acceleration, but 22 mpg overall is mediocre. Interior trim is relatively spartan, rear seat room is cramped, and trunk space is modest. Sedans lack a folding seatback, which is a common feature in this class. The Outback Sport is basically a two-tone Impreza hatchback with a higher ride height and more standard equipment; it doesn't handle or ride as well as regular Imprezas. Both the rally-racing inspired WRX, with its 227-hp turbocharged engine, and the even more potent WRX STi version are a blast to drive. Suspension revisions in 2006 and newer WRXs made handling at the limit trickier; no stability control was available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 $5,775 - $18,775 $3,365 - $15,705
2006 $5,400 - $17,450 $3,010 - $14,400
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2005 $4,925 - $15,475 $2,565 - $12,495
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2004 $4,125 - $13,450 $1,870 - $10,605
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2003 $3,550 - $6,250 $1,410 - $3,815
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2002 $2,925 - $5,025 $900 - $2,660
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1993-2001
Subaru Impreza 2001 Trim Shown: 2001
The Impreza offered sedan and wagon models from the start. Engines have always been "flat fours," four-cylinder engines whose cylinders are horizontally opposed. The 2.2-liter is livelier than the base 1.8-liter. The Impreza delivers nimble handling and a relatively comfortable ride. The rear seat is cramped and cargo space is tight. In 1996, AWD became standard on all Impreza models and an "Outback Sport" SUV-inspired wagon debuted. An RS sedan followed for 2000.
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2000 N/A N/A
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