Subaru knocks it out of the park with its redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback -- now among the top-rated cars in the compact class. The Impreza impresses us most with its roominess, user-friendliness, and ride comfort that puts some luxury cars to shame. This redesign is based on an entirely new platform, one that underpins the current Crosstrek and next-generation Forester.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
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.
Road Test

Subaru knocks it out of the park with its redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback -- now among the top-rated cars in the compact class. The Impreza impresses us most with its roominess, user-friendliness, and ride comfort that puts some luxury cars to shame.

This redesign is based on an entirely new platform, one that underpins the current Crosstrek and next-generation Forester.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (152 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Android Auto

"The Android Auto system does not always detect my phone when it is connected. And connecting my phone requires that I always approve bluetooth connections on my phone (no functionality limit, but annoying). Finally, when I turn the car off after using Android Auto the radio always comes on."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is unreliable, working most of the time, but freezing or not working at all intermittently. Dealer has offered to replace the unit if problem persists."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone connectivity works sometimes. I get some calls with the Bluetooth. It is random. the dealer is really not familiar with androidl It's an iphone world. I just use my phone for gps."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Android Auto spontaneously disconnects and reconnects. This is not usually an issue when the car is parked with the engine not running. It does not appear to be related to a specific phone, Android version, or USB cable. This issue has not been acknowledged by Subaru as a problem, which is very frustrating. I actually bought the Subaru over a Toyota Corolla IM because the Toyota didn't have Android Auto. This is very frustrating."

Scott M., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Apple CarPlay

"Takes too long to connect. Often does not connect at all."

Ronald C., IL (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Interface is balky, not operating or just slow to engage"

Fred R., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Did not work as delivered. Firmware update finally helped and later there was a recall."

Stephen J., TX (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Sometimes a few minutes after starting the car, the display screen has to restart. This is very inconvenient if it is while backing up since I can't use the backup screen. There was a recall fix for this issue, but it hasn't solved the problem."

H D., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Failure to pair"

Fred R., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped connecting to phones. update fixed the problem"

David V., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the screen froze trying to initialize the radio stations. there were other problems of which some were fixed under warranty. The car is going back in for service tofix the remaining problems"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"No CD player in car so I used an iPod shuffle. It kept acting weird, skipping songs, etc. I upgraded to an iTouch from Apple. Worked great for about 3 weeks and now cuts out, skips songs, changes songs mid song, or the car says no device connected when it is plugged in. Subaru says it is too new technology. That is crazy. I truly believe something is wrong with my bluetooth system in the car."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Not all contacts will sync."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Told me my Android S6 was not tested and I needed a newer phone because every 3-4 weeks it cut out mid-call while I was talking to someone on the system. I bought an Android S9 which was tested. Worked great 3-4 weeks then dropped a call mid-conversation. When that happens the person can't call me back and I can't call them. Now after about 5 weeks, I turn off the car and the next day when I turn it on, the system says that I have no device connected. When I go to add device, it says it is connected. In order to get it to work, I have to disconnect and reconnect. I have taken it to the dealership and they cannot replicate this, so no repair done. Extremely frustrating. I need that to be able to accept and make calls during trips."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"It is impossible to prevent the radio from turning on when the car starts, even if it was left off. It is impossible to prevent the radio from turning on when you turn the car off, even if it was off before you stopped."

Ronald C., IL (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio turns on automatically when car started. Sirius XM reception poor quality - constantly losing audio connection and cutting out"

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio wil not truly turn off. Sometimes the display will turn black, sometimes not, but in all casese the sound volume is only as low as I set it. If I turn the volume up, the sound is already there and will go up. But worst of all, every time that I start the car, the radio comes on. The radio has been replaced by Subaru, but the problem remains. Also the radio sound is distorted -- it sound almost as if the antenna is not connected, but the antenna is connected. It is the worst radio that I have ever heard in a car. During the demo ride for the car, the salesman did not demonstrate the radio. I should have asked for a radio demo. The bad radio would have been a deal breaker if I had heard it, and had seen that it comes on every time that I start the car. I cannot believe that Subaru has not corrected this problem. They have had the problem for 2017 and 2018 Model Years."

Jon F., IN (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to turn off. Must reduce volume to 0 instead."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent multiple problems. 1. Unable to change radio station. 2. Unable to turn radio on. 3. No radio display on the screen but you can hear the radio in the background, the volume control does not work and unable to change the station."

Mark L., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"Really the same issue as the head unit. A software update bricked it and a replacement was back-ordered for weeks."

James E., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru performed a software update for Starlink but this did not fix the probelm"

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"The so called update fix did not fix the most annoying and silly issue: The music (whatever the last source selected) always starts automatically when you start the car, no matter if the radio was OFF when you stopped it. However, it seems (so far) to have solved (or improved) some of the several other issues with this entertainment system."

Anonymous, QC (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"issue with subwoofer after car was flooded. fixed by dealer"

David V., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Sometimes when I use this it gets stuck and then I have no audio in the car until I turn off the engine and restart the car."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Beginning about 6 months after purchase, every time it rains hard or for an extended period, a lot of water comes from behind the glove compartment on the passenger side floor. At least two trips to the dealership has not fixed this issue. They claim it is either a blocked tube from the sunroof (doesn't logically make sense; this would cause a backup drip from the roof) or water from the AC (water leaking occurred in colder months; AC not in use). A recent trip to a different dealership diagnosed a faulty gasket and am waiting to see if that fixes it. If so, the gasket has been bad since purchase."

H D., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Climate control fan makes weird rattling noise at certain RPMs."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"When rear window(s) are partially down, an alarming wind noise occurs. At times, it actually hurt my ears, it was so loud!"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Plastic molding around lower driver side light was missing after just a few days."

Margaret K., BC (2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"rattle in overhead section where the inside lights are located"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel bearings

"After sitting unused for about a month, when I began driving the car again it made a noise. I made an appointment for the service department to check the noise and they replaced the wheel bearings at no charge and the noise stopped."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The failure was in some wire hub"

Marc-Katy S., CO (2018 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The check engine light came on along with the eyesight disabled light. When this happens all safety features are disabled and the cruse control is disabled. Both times the problems resolved itself after 1 -2 days. Checked the gas cap both times and it was tight. I am taking the car to the Subara service department next week to see if they can find out what is causing the problem."

Mark L., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"it developed a high pitched whine noise and was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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