2020 Subaru Impreza

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2020 Subaru Impreza Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 8, 2020

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Madhav A Nigam Automotive Journalist


Subaru, the automobile segment of the renamed Japanese company, Subaru Corporation (formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries), has been around for over 50 years in the domain and is still making waves with its offerings. The carmaker is known mostly for the niche markets it services, AWD drive trains, and affordable sports cars.

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Pros

All wheel drive comes standard

Secure handling

Roomy and spacious cabin

More safety features as standard

Great options of add-ons

Intuitive infotainment system

Lowest price in its class

Advanced Driver safety features

Cons

Slow acceleration

Noisy engine

Less responsive

Average fuel economy

What's New?

EyeSight Driver Assist is now standard on Premium and Sport sedans

Driver modes in Limited and Sport models

New wheels design in the Limited and Sport models

Rear-seat reminder and rear USB ports

Many safety and tech features as standard

Updated headlights and taillights, grille and front bumper


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

7 speed CVT

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

182.1 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

3073 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

112.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/31 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Subaru Impreza Review video
 2020 Subaru Impreza Interior video
 2020 Subaru Impreza Exterior video

Styles

 2020 Subaru Impreza in Crystal Black Silica color  2020 Subaru Impreza in Crystal White Pearl color  2020 Subaru Impreza in Dark Blue Pearl color  2020 Subaru Impreza in Ice Silver Metallic color  2020 Subaru Impreza in Magnetite Gray Metallic color
Crystal Black Silica

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Subaru Impreza Base

Base

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$19,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,995 MSRP (28/32/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, Regular Unleaded
7 Speed CVT all wheel drive 5

 2020 Subaru Impreza Premium

Premium

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$22,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,095 MSRP (28/32/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
7-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 Subaru Impreza Sport

Sport

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$23,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,495 MSRP (27/32/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
7-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 Subaru Impreza Limited

Limited

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$25,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,795 MSRP (28/32/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H-4, regular unleaded
7-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


In 2020, Subaru is introducing the Impreza with minor design modifications, safety, and tech upgrades. The Impreza was launched back in 1992 as a hatchback and as a sedan. A coupe variant was offered for a limited run from 1995 to 2001. Now in its fifth generation, this vehicle has never seen discontinuation in production.

After continuous sales growth for the past 93 months (about 8 years) Subaru experienced a sales slowdown in September 2019. The Impreza Sedan (WRX/STI) registered a loss of sales as well but according to reports, the sales have now witnessed a stable monthly growth. 

Facing a challenge from Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra, 2020 Impreza Sedan is set to dominate the roads again in the mid-size sedan segment. 

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Rear View
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Rear View

2020 Subaru Impreza Features

Subaru is offering the 2020 Impreza Sedan in four trims, Base, Premium, Sport and Limited. All trims are powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder boxer engine. The following are the broad differences among the trims:

Model

Base

Premium

Sport

Limited

MSRP

$18,695

$22,095

$23,495

$25,795

Key Features

16inch Steel rims with covers

16inch aluminum alloy wheels

18inch aluminum alloy wheels

17inch aluminum alloy wheels

 

EyeSight Driver Assist technology Optional

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Optional Blindspot detection with Lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Optional Blindspot detection with Lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Blindspot detection with Lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert as standard

 

No spoiler

No Spoiler

Trunk Spoiler

No Spoiler

 

Standard access

Keyless access with push-button start and PIN Code Access

Keyless access with push-button start and PIN Code Access

Keyless access with push-button start and PIN Code Access

 

Manual Headlights

Auto on-off Headlamps

Auto on-off headlamps

Auto on-off with Steering wheel responsive headlamps

 

Manual 5-speed transmission with a gear shifter

Lineartronic CVT with paddle shift

Lineartronic CVT with paddle shift

Lineartronic CVT with paddle shift

 

6.5inch basic infotainment system with 4 speakers

6.5inch multimedia infotainment system with 6 speakers

8inch multimedia infotainment system with Harman Kardon speaker system

8inch multimedia infotainment system with Harman Kardon speaker system and an optional navigation system

 

No Moonroof

Optional power sliding/tilting moonroof

Optional power sliding/tilting moonroof

Optional power sliding/tilting moonroof

Our Recommendation

As per our evaluation, the premium trim is the best value for money investment for the 2020 Impreza Sedan. You get much better offerings than the base trim and still don’t miss out on the features of the Sport or Limited trim. You get Lineartronic CVT with paddle shift, Proprietary EyeSight assists with optional BlindSpot detection, alloy wheels, a great infotainment system, and automatic headlamps as standard.

2020 Subaru Impreza Engine and Performance

Subaru is known for its Boxer Engines throughout the world and the 2020 Impreza is no exception to the same methodology. The Impreza comes with a 2L-DOHC-4 cylinder boxer engine. This is paired with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a Lineartronic CVT. The engine is primed to deliver a staggering 152hp @ 6000 Rpm and an impressive 145 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, which is the highest torque from any car in its segment.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

MRSP

$ 18,695

$ 19,750

$ 19,600

$ 18,950

Engine

2.0L- 4 cylinder boxer

2.0L- 4 Cylinder- inline

1.8L- 4 Cylinder- inline

2.0L- 4 Cylinder- inline

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT

CVT

Horsepower(hp)

152 @6000rpm

158 @6500rpm

139 @6100rpm

147 @6200rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

145 @4000rpm

138 @4200rpm

126 @3900rpm

132 @4500rpm

Though the Civic beats out the Impreza in horsepower, the Subaru dominates the field with its mind-numbing torque. Both the torque and power are delivered in the mid-range RPMs. 

Let’s try the Quarter Mile

The Subaru Boxer engine is globally recognized as one of the best engines in the market and has cornered a lot of manufacturers with its simplistic design yet delivering raw power when needed. Couple it with a classic like the Impreza and you get a combo of power meets style. That being said, the engine still is not quite where it should be in terms of being a 2020 car.

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Side View
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan 0-60 MPH In just  9 sec.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

0-60 MPH

9 secs

6.4 secs

8.4 secs

7.8 secs

Quarter mile

16.6 secs

14.9 secs

16.1 secs

16.8 secs

Engine

2.0L- 4 cylinder boxer

2.0L- 4 Cylinder- inline

1.8L- 4 Cylinder- inline

2.0L- 4 Cylinder- inline

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Unless you are going off-road or for a drive in the snow, the Impreza won’t offer the same performance as its competitors in a normal road drive owing to the fact that it is an AWD and hence has added weight which results in a sluggish acceleration. The Lineartronic CVT helps in the power delivery to make a passing maneuver smooth and efficient but still cannot match its competitors on a straight turf.

What about the Stopping power?

According to your choice, the 2020 Subaru Impreza has an option between 16-inch steel and aluminum rims, 17-inch aluminum rims and 18-inch aluminum rims. These are coupled with 205/55R16 tires for the 16inch rims, 205/50R17 tires for 17inch rims and 225/40R18 tires for the 18inch rims.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

Brake Front

Disc

Disc

Disc 

Disc

Brake Rear

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

60-0 performance

121 ft

113 ft

125 ft

121 ft

Curb weight (lbs)

2976

2762

2910

2844

The brakes on the 2020 Subaru Impreza are 4-wheel disc brakes as standard on all trims. Though the car is just a couple pounds shy from 3000lbs, the brakes do a remarkable job of slowing down the heavy car in just 121 ft. Assisted by the EyeSight Assist technology, the car can slow down even faster if it detects an impending collision.

How well does it Handle?

The Impreza is a zephyr when it comes to handling. It strikes an almost perfect balance between ride and handling. The all-weather tires perform a marvelous job at minimizing any discomfort and ensure a great grip in all conditions. The car can stick all turns with ease and the buttery smooth steering makes the ride in the sedan feel like a streamlined butterfly. The feedback from the steering wheel is limited and you don’t feel as vivacious as you would in a Honda, but it certainly does provide you with a joyous ride.

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan  Front view

Despite the rigid and reinforced chassis, the car expresses a sense of agility and robustness. Coupled to the CVT and paddle shift, the AWD does a great job at delivering power with ease, even if it is sluggish. Be it a straight tarmac, a bumpy road or a swiveling drive through the mountains, the suspensions of the Impreza are immensely fine-tuned that you barely feel any discomfort even on after hours.

2020 Subaru Impreza Fuel Economy

Considering that it is a mid-size sedan with a decent performing 2.0L engine, fuel economy is not a place where the Subaru shines. It comes equipped with a 13.2-gallon tank which offers a range of 304 miles in the city and 409 miles on the highway.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

MPG (city)

23

25

30

31

MPG (highway)

31

36

38

41

MPG (combined)

26

29

33

35

Compared to its competition, the boxer engine seems to be a bit “drunk”. The boxer engine has miles to go to outmatch its opponents as Toyota and Hyundai clearly take the cake here.

2020 Subaru Impreza Interior

To put it into perspective, the car’s name “Impreza” is a Japanese slang word for “Party”. Looking at the interiors, it certainly doesn’t look like “party” oriented. Having said that, the interiors are far from boring. The design is quite clean and resembles very closely to the Subaru Legacy. 

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Seats
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Seats

The dashboard is dark grey and so is the center console. The infotainment system sits comfortably at the top of the center console within the reach of the driver and passenger. The comfortable and familiar golf club style shifter and handbrake take the space remaining in the center console.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.3/57/42.3

38.3/54/42

40.3/56.2/42.2

Rear (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

37.2/55.6/36.5

37.1/55/37.4

37.1/51.7/34.8

37.3/55.3/35.7

The 2020 Impreza leaves no stone unturned when it comes to spaciousness. There is enough room for 5 people to sit comfortably. Even with a six-foot-tall driver and seat in the rearmost adjustment, there is still ample room in the back. The front seats are power-adjustable but lumbar support adjustment could have been better. The rear seats are foldable to allow more cargo storage. 

Other standout features of the Impreza are:

  • Remote Engine start
  • Climate control 
  • 4G WiFi LTE Capability
  • Cruise control
  • Multifunction steering wheel 
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Cup holders on the center and floor console
  • Bottle holders in each door
  • Luggage compartment lamps
  • Cargo area with convenience hooks and tie-down hooks
  • USB Charging ports in the front and rear
  • 60/40 Folding rear seat

Even while driving, the interior shuts out almost all of the noises from the outside and offers a quiet cabin. Considering the comparatively noisy engine, the carmaker’s feat is remarkable.

Infotainment System

Subaru has infotainment systems with different features fitted in all trims of the Impreza Sedan. They vary from 6.5 inches to 8 inches and features varying from the basic interface to the multimedia interface with navigation. 

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Has a 8 inch infotainment System

The broad features of the system are:

  • Multimedia interface
  • 4G LTE WiFi Connectivity
  • 4 or 6 Speakers or Harman Kardon 8 Speaker system
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • Subaru STARLINK Integration
  • Bluetooth and Handsfree streaming
  • SiriusXM Satellite and HD Radio Connectivity

The infotainment system is fairly easy to operate and getting used to it is a cinch. The display can change screens as per your connected device OS to make you feel at ease. The 8inch display is available only in the Sport and Limited Trims and cannot be added in the lower trims. For people who take their music seriously, we suggest picking up the Harman Kardon 8-Speaker system with an additional bass boost for the extra “oomph” from the sound system. 

What about Cargo Space?

When it comes to cargo, the 2020 Impreza is offering 12.3 cubic feet of space while the hatchback sibling proudly boasts of a 20.8 cubic feet of cargo. The small cargo space is certainly a bummer but its not unusable. There is still enough space to stow about a month’s groceries and supplies for 2 people very easily and still have some space left over. 

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Cargo Space
Caption

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

Cargo space (cubic feet)

12.3

15.1

13.1

14.4

If you still find the storage in the trunk to be less, feel free to fold the rear seat and make additional room for storage. The cabin of the Impreza doesn’t disappoint in the storage department. The car provides a standard glove box, cup holders in the center console, and the trunk in the back. Followed by that are the bottle holder in each door and the accompanying door pockets. Seat pockets are present in the back and the center seat in the back is a retractable armrest that houses two more cup holders. 

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Interior

2020 Subaru Impreza Exterior

Give it a look and the most prominent thing you will notice is the new grille and bumper design in the front. It is perhaps the most welcome change in the exterior as it gives a much more modernistic touch to the dated design. The rear end doesn’t change at all since the car is not a facelift. 

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Third Quarter View
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Third Quarter View

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

Curb weight (lbs)

2976

2762

2910

2884

Length (in)

182.7

182.7

182.3

181.9

Width (in)

70

70.9

70.1

70.9

Height (in)

57.3

55.7

56.5

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

5.1

5.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

106.3

106.3

106.3

Other updates in the 2020 Impreza are:

  • Updated Alloy wheel design
  • Chrome Grille
  • Sports oriented foglamps 
  • Sleeker body lines 

Other than that, the car remains pretty much the same as the previous model year. The brand has introduced the new “Ocean Blue” color for the Impreza in 2020.

2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan Exterior

2020 Subaru Impreza Safety

The 2020 model is based on the same platform as the 2019 model year and hence ensures the same standards. The Impreza comes equipped with top-notch safety features and then some proprietary software-driver assist safety features. The Subaru Impreza has received the “Top Safety Pick” in 2019 by the IIHS. As per NHTSA, the 2020 Impreza Sedan has a 5-star overall rating. 

The car comes with the following safety features:

  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-traffic Alert
  • Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Traction Control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Anti-Theft engine Immobilizer
  • Rearview Camera
  • Dual Stage SRS AirBags 
  • Roll Over Sensor
  • 3-point safety belts with two way tensioner
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children

According to JD Power, which judges a vehicle on its quality, dependability, performance, depreciation and the experience at the dealership from verified vehicle owners, the 2019 sedan model has a rating of 75/100. With the Subaru Impreza, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

2020 Subaru Impreza Competition

Honda Civic

Japanese carmaker, Honda, has the Honda Civic to compete with the Subaru Impreza. Civic has remained an iconic car since its inception in 1972. The car is now in its tenth generation and has made its presence felt more dominantly every time it underwent a generational change. The Civic is zippy and very nimble and offers a very dynamic response. The power delivery, space, comfort, and safety are arguably some of the best in its segment. If you want something that is a complete package and willing to pay a little extra for it, the 2020 Honda Civic is the car for you.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan
2020 Honda Civic Sedan

Toyota Corolla

The biggest automaker of Japan has the Corolla battling it out in the mid-size segment. The Corolla is a great car but is about a $1000 costlier than the Impreza. On top of that, Toyota has a smaller engine that delivers lesser power and torque which feels sluggish as compared to the Subaru. The interior is sub-standard compared to all the other cars in its segment. Having said that, the Corolla has a better fuel economy than the Impreza and is the highest reliability rated car with a JD Power rating of 85/100. If reliability is the prime deciding factor in buying a car, then Corolla is the clear winner, otherwise, the Impreza is better in all aspects.

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

Hyundai Elantra

South Korea’s biggest carmaker Hyundai has the Elantra in its stable to compete with the 2020 Subaru Impreza. Priced almost close to the Subaru at $18,950, Elantra is as close a competitor to Impreza as can be. Currently, in the 6th generation, Elantra is more or less a disappointment performance wise as it seems uninspired to perform. Lots of features as standard and an eco model especially for a 41 mpg mileage, the Elantra is a no-nonsense feature-packed mid-size sedan. In contrast to the Impreza, Elantra feels like a compromise as it is almost similar to Impreza in all respects except that the Hyundai comes only in the FWD configurations while Impreza is AWD.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

 

2020 Subaru Impreza Final Verdict

With a plethora of entertainment features, tons of modifications, the legendary Subaru boxer engine, AWD and one of the best safety features in its class, the Impreza does everything it can in the price it is offering. It may not be as refined and responsive as the Civic but can beat the competition when it comes to handling all types of terrains. The 2020 Subaru Impreza makes a very strong case for itself for being a feature-packed, future-ready mid-size sedan. Buy it and you might just walk away with one of the best cars in the segment.