ABS available, standard from 2002. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
A comfortable ride, responsive handling, good visibility, simple controls, and a relatively spacious rear seat all combine to make the Impreza easy to live with. The hatchback's cargo versatility gives it an edge in practicality over the sedan version. Sport models come with snazzy wheels and a bit more equipment than more basic Imprezas.
Fuel economy is impressive for an all-wheel drive car, but falls a bit short against other compact cars. Crash test results are excellent, including the difficult IIHS small overlap test. Subaru's comprehensive EyeSight suite of electronic safety features is optional on Limited models. Improvements for 2015 reduced interior noise and significantly upgraded infotainment and connectivity features.