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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"GREAT acceleration and handling. This car has far better acceleration than any other car I tested in its class."

Anonymous, DE (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"slower acceleration than my heavier outback. Engine revs much higher. Handling feels good."

Joseph K., AZ (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"peppy and easy to park"

Dennis M., ON (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"very smooth acceleration and nimble handling"

Bruce S., TX (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"It handles like a fancy sports car. Great acceleration and ease around corners. Nice tight wheel base."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Smooth acceleration and driving is excellent. Very sensitive (great) to steering adjustments."

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Car handles well but really needs more power. 150 horsepower is not enough for the weight of this car. There is no surge of power when accelerating on to a highway or when passing another car on the highway."

Dennis H., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Very agile and responsive. Quieter than comparable models of other brands."

Sanford S., FL (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"handling is quick, responsive and nimble. acceleration from a stop is quick and quite adequate acceleration on an upgrade is sluggish, probably due to low horsepower"

Franklin F., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The handling is great. I really like some of the lane departure warning and dynamic cruise control features. The engine does seem to drone."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Just fine"

Scott G., AK (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"We are pleased with all aspects of this car."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The car handles very smoothly and has many safety features and warnings with light and sound."

Maurie D., CA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Good acceleration. Adaptive cruise control is amazing. Never use the normal cruise as this works perfectly."

Greg S., FL (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Handling is great. Acceleration is so-so."

Rey V., WA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"handles very well, corners much better than I thought it would."

L E., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The car handles like a sports car. It hugs the road and has a very safe and reassuring ride."

William M., FL (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Acceleration is timid but acceptable. The boxer engine sounds 'busy' when brisk acceleration is required. The ride is generally very compliant and comfortable. However, it is necessary to make lots of small steering inputs to keep the car tracking straight over 55 mph. The dealer performed a courtesy alignment, but it did not help much. I suspect the OEM tires are to blame."

Michael M., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The car handles almost like a sports car."

Brian W., NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Acceleration is lethargic unless the car is pushed, high accelerator spring resistance gives impression of poor acceleration. Handing is excellent, with high cornering ability and minimal chassis tilt."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"In my youth I drove some excellent sports cars, so I know what I'm talking about when I say that this thing drives like a sports car...excellent around corners, super brakes...yet, it's quiet and comfortable. It just makes it all seem effortless!"

Dean S., MO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"What I love love love - and didn't expect - was the cruise control automatically adjusting to other traffic -- up to the max speed I have selected."

Pennington G., MA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Handling is fantastic - great turning radius, solid, controlled feel, even in nasty weather. But that CVT. Acceleration is acceptable but nothing more, and the CVT randomly "shifts" at strange times, causing the entire car to feel like it's lurching. The CVT is by far the worst feature of the vehicle."

Rachel B., MO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The car is very peppy and accelerated quickly. The suspension is tight and the car hugs the road."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Steady and comfortable ride"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Drives like a sports car, fantastic cornering"

Michael M., DE (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The Impreza has a continuously variable drive so the gear changes a not noticeable. Very responsive acceleration. However, when you ease off the accelerator it slows down rather abruptly and when you re -accelerate you feel a slight jerk."

Akeel Z., KY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The dealer recommends using cruise control and it does handle easier with cruise control. Steering wheel seems loose and vehicle loses power on most inclines and that goes away with the use of cruise control."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Very happy w/acceleration (getting onto higher-speed roads safely) and w/quick response when driving."

Dale K., MD (2018 Subaru Impreza)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The Impreza's seats are very comfortable on both short and long drives. I am 6 feet tall. The arm rest on the driver's side door is too high. Using the arm rest for long periods causes ergonomic issues in my shoulders. This is the only part of the interior I would change."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Exceptionally quiet for a car its size."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The Impreza has a very smooth ride and very low road noise in the cabin. The seats are comfortable however they could be more comfortable if they were slightly more contoured to the body and slightly more cushoined as well."

Akeel Z., KY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The 2018 Impreza i built of the Subaru Global Platform and has redesigned seats. The new platform makes the car's ride and handling MUCH better, and makes the noise levels (wind and road) much lower than my 2016 Forester. Also, the seats are far more comfortable with good thigh support."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The ride is bumpy and noisy. The seats are comfortable and I can hardly waiit for the opportunity to try out heated seat option."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Rides very confortable for a small car."

Frank U., NJ (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"good comfort, great handling, okay climate control, very low noise"

Anonymous, MO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"I am 4’ 10'. This caris not only comfortable, but the seat and steering wheel adjust perfectly for me to see over the dashboard!!!"

Maurie D., CA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Excellent ride, low noise, seats (in Limited) have good support."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Noisier than I'd like. Seats are comfortable and ride is good"

John N., MD (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"I am very satisfied with the comfort of the seats. I feel very secure. The car is quiet and has a smooth ride."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are firm and supportive. Ride is surprisingly quiet and compliant for a small 4-wheel drive car."

Michael M., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Reasonable noise level, comfortable seats."

Greg S., FL (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The drivers seat seems a bit on the cheap side with thin padding on the seat back."

Brian K., MI (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are hard. Would be very uncomfortable on a long ride. No lumbar adjustment. Armrests are well-padded and comfortable."

Jessica B., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Much quieter than our 2012 Impreza! Great on trips. We've done several two or three day trips of 1,200 to 1.400 miles and the 2018 Impreza was excellent!"

Dean S., MO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"A lot quieter than the 2014 we had."

Dennis M., ON (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Very comfortable driving, don't get tired"

Bruce S., TX (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"noisy, esp on rough roads."

Anne K., MA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"comfortable fit. at speed, noise level is low."

Maryellen G., BC (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Firm seats A quiet ride"

David M., AP (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"I'm 5'11'' and the seats don't provide enough thigh support for me. My wife is 5'3'' and is just fine for her."

Robert S., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Good seat comfort."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are incredibly uncomfortable. Had I known they were this bad, I never would have bought this car. Causes serious back pain when driving."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The quality and content I got were amazing for the price"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"I got the Impreza for safety features. I like the AWD and the fact that there is Android Auto."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Very nice car. Well built."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"In this class, I felt the Impreza offered the best value for money, especially as it relates to optional safety features. On competitors, such as the Mazda 3, you must purchase the top trim line in order to be able to add these features."

Rachel B., MO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Best value for an AWD, manual transmission vehicle"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Good"

Robert E., NJ (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"All-wheel drive, safety (for its size), functionality, reliability at a decent price - a perfect car for my daughter in college"

Scott G., AK (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Great added value safety features cam with car for the price."

Michael M., MN (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Equiped with all the goodies"

Frank U., NJ (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"good value, but problems with navigation system"

Anonymous, MO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Great deal for the technology that comes with the vehicle, no problems with the car."

Kathryn O., IL (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"This is my third leased Imprezza. The monthly lease cost has decreased each time. The engineering of the vehicle, standard features and optional features have improved each time. This is how product development should work!"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Subaru was accommodating about ordering a custom-made vehicle from the factory. Thus, I didn't have to pay for an option that I didn't want...ie: sunroof."

Jessica B., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"The purchasing experience was excellent at a dealership whose pricing is trnsparwnt, with our extra fees or up selling,, and no pressure."

Sanford S., FL (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Subaru tends to be a lot of go-for-the-dough. While it isn't as upscale as some German foreign imports and tends to be a slightly noiser car on the road, I am very pleased with it's modern integrations to Android Auto, keyless entry, and heated seats."

Christopher C., WA (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"They gave us the terms we wanted. A thousand dollars down & the payment level we wanted on a monthly basis."

T W., OH (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"For the price, excellent value! Good-looking, solidly built car with All Wheel Drive, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay!"

Brenda W., NC (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"As our second car, this car is economical yet comfortable to drive."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Impreza)

"Ability to jold road 4 WD gives confidence. A little noisy but not bad. Acceleration is slow but steady."

Rey V., WA (2018 Subaru Impreza)
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