2021 Subaru Impreza

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2021 Subaru Impreza Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 24, 2020
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Subaru, a brand for the land of the rising sun has been a player amongst the rally scenes across the globe. The impressive Subaru Impreza and WRX STI had been ruling the rally scenes for quite a while. A cult amongst enthusiasts, the Subaru moniker signifies prowess. The Impreza is more of a family car that incorporates the Subaru ethos. With immense capabilities on offer the $26,000 Impreza is for a more enthusiastic driver. That said the engine in it feels dull and underpowered. But the fun is guaranteed when you give it the beans. Read on to find out more about the 2021 Subaru Impreza.

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Pros

Standard all-wheel drive delivers secure wet-weather traction

The roomy cabin is quiet and comfortable

Plenty of advanced driver safety features

Available manual transmission for the enthusiasts out there

Cons

Fuel economy can be better

The engine feels underpowered

Could do with better interiors

What's New?

The Subaru Impreza won’t be getting significant changes for 2021 and would still be part of the fifth-generation introduced back in 2017.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18695

bodystyle

Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

152hp@6,000rpm

torque

145lb-ft@4,000rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2976 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/31 mpg


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Subaru Impreza in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.3

Final Verdict

8.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Subaru Impreza Base

Base

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

$18,695 - $19,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,995 MSRP (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
7 Speed CVT all wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $18,695 MSRP (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, regular unleaded
5-Speed Manual all wheel drive 5

2021 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 (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
7-speed CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 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 (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
7-speed CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 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 (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
7-speed CVT all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


Subaru is not an uncommon name, with the Impreza and the WRX STI ruling the rally scenes, it is a cult among enthusiasts. The Impreza offered as a hatchback and a sedan along with being one of the smallest offerings from the brand. The Impreza sedan is offered in 4 trim levels - Base, Premium, Sport and Limited. Prices start from $18,795 for the Base sedan and go all the way to $25,895 for the Limited trim. The Limited trim signifies the Impreza in the most opulent and loaded avatar.

In this review, we’ll be pitting the Impreza against its segment rivals like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra. Here’s our review of the 2021 Subaru Impreza. 


8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 

8.3/10
Competition

 

8.5/10
Final Verdict

 

2021 Subaru Impreza Features

8.0/10

The Subaru Impreza is offered in 4 trim levels. They are namely Base, Premium, Sport and Limited. Apart from the trim levels there is nothing much in terms of options. Customers are limited to engine options and all models come with a 2.0L boxer 4 engine. However customers can go out an opt for some of the convenience features offered by Subaru.

Model

Base

Premium

Sport

Limited

MSRP

$18,795

$22,095

$23,495

$25,795

Key Features

16 inch Steel rims with covers

16 inch aluminum alloy wheels

18 inch aluminum alloy wheels

17 inch 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

8inch multimedia infotainment system with Harman Kardon speaker system

Auto on-off with Steering wheel responsive headlamps

 

Manual 5-speed transmission 

Lineartronic CVT with paddle shift

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

 
 

6.5inch basic infotainment system with 4 speakers

6.5inch multimedia infotainment system with 6 speakers

   
 

Optional power sliding/tilting sunroof

     

The Base trim starts from $18,695 and comes with some of the basic features you’d expect from a midsize sedan. However most of the safety and driver assistance features remain as part of the standard fitment.

The Premium trim as the name suggests is a slightly more loaded trim when compared to the Base. Premium starts from $22,095 and comes with most of the kit that you’d want in a car. Notable difference starts with the Premium getting a CVT instead of the Base’s manual box.

The Sport starts from $23,495 and adds a bit of sporty flavour to the Impreza with addition of a rear spoiler and sportier 18 inch wheels. It also gets the Harman Kardon premium hi-fi as an option and all the standard kit from Premium.

The Limited trim starts from $25,795 and is the top spec variant in the Impreza lineup keeping aside the Impreza WRX. As standard you get remote engine start, climate control HVAC and keyless ignition among a host of other convenience features.

2021 Subaru Impreza Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

​Subarus of the past have been accounted for with questionable reliability. However, things have changed and Subaru as a brand is back at it in full pace. The Impreza too has seen a lot of technological advancements in its recent avatars and have been quite solid in terms of reliability. With more than thousands of Imprezas on the road each year, it’s no surprise the midsize sedan is a hit amongst the general public especially with Subaru’s rally pedigree and heritage.

Reliability and ownership costs

When it comes to vehicle ownership, reliability plays an important role. The Subaru Impreza scored an overall score of 75 out of 100 in the J.D.Power ratings for reliability which is commendable. The Subaru loses out on driving experience as the AWD is tuned more towards proper dirt splash. That said in terms of resale value and customer satisfaction the Subaru Impreza score 80 and 81 respectively. Also the Impreza hasn't accounted for any recalls as per the NHTSA, which is reassuring. We are pleased to hear modern day Subarus refraining from recalls thanks to improved manufacturing techniques and quality control.

Ownership costs for the Subaru Impreza stand in at $30,450 for a period of 5 years. It includes everything from repairs, taxes, fees and even fuel cost. The $30,000 cost of ownership might seem a little bit over the top for a $19k sedan but isn't anything too steep given the Impreza is a more driver focussed sedan. Out of the ownership costs, the majority is taken over the depreciation and fuel costs.

The pricing of a car changes according to different states across the country. This is largely due to destination fees and state taxes. Interestingly different states provide different leasing and financing deals for cars and in some cases the difference is significantly large.

States

Price of Subaru Impreza Sedan

California

$18,328

New York

$18,683

Texas

$17,948

Florida

$18,586

Washington

$18,586

Alaska

$18,451

In some cases the difference is not significant. Here for example It can be seen that the Impreza is almost the same price across Arizona, New York, California, Florida, Alaska and Washington. Also the cheapest is in Texas, a near $700 difference from New York..

Warranty

The inevitable happens at times and it’s not your fault but more of a bad day or that any of your vehicle components decided to call it quits. Before you start cursing your luck bear in mind that if things go south with your new Impreza, Subaru has your back with a comprehensive slue of warranty packages:

Criteria

Period

Bumper to Bumper warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Rust perforation warranty

5 years/ Unlimited miles

24-hour roadside assistance (Optional Extra)

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

The only gripe we have with the warranty schemes offered is that Roadside assistance is an additional package the car still comes with many things that can make it a lucrative buy at your budget if you are light and adventurous at heart.

Miles per dollar

This is a ratio that uses the fuel economy of the car to the cost of buying a gallon of the fuel. Here, the Subaru Impreza returns a modest 26 mpg combined and it costs $2.77 per gallon in Washington. So the Impreza will have a MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 9.38. This means the Impreza runs for 9.38 miles for a dollar. The Honda Civic manages 29 mpg combined and therefore the MPD for the Civic in Washington would be 10.46. The Civic runs farther than the Impreza for a given dollar. 

2021 Subaru Impreza Buying Advice

We recommend going with the Premium trim. 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.

How about a used Subaru Impreza?

​Since our country’s used car market is seen as one of the largest in the world in terms of valuation, it’s evident that the residents are in favour of owning a used car as much as new cars. If you’re in the market for a used Impreza, then opt for a 2018 model, which provides you around 92% of its total value at around 83% of the original cost.

​Depreciation Curve of Subaru Impreza Sedan

​From what we know, the Impreza loses around $3,300 in its first year as depreciation. If you were to buy the Base Impreza for $19K, that’s nearly 1/6th of the vehicle price you’re losing in its maiden year. The curve is pretty smooth, therefore expect steady depreciation of around half of what it would lose in its first year. 

2021 Subaru Impreza Engine and Performance

7.6/10

Unfortunately, Subaru doesn’t offer a lot in terms of engine options. The only unit you get is a 2.0 L boxer 4 engine as Subaru is the only player among the economy segment who uses a Boxer engine. The only other manufacturer is Porsche, who is a player in the sports car segment. Power figures for the Subaru Impreza stand in at 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. 

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

MRSP

$ 18,695

$ 19,750

$ 19,600

$ 18,950

Engine

2.0L Boxer-4 

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT

CVT

Power

152hp@6,000rpm

158hp@6,500rpm

139hp@6,100rpm

147hp@6,200rpm

Torque

145lb-ft@4,000rpm

138lb-ft@4,200rpm

126lb-ft@3,900rpm

132lb-ft@4,500rpm

In terms of the competition here, the Civic stands on top of the Subaru with 158 hp. Third in line would be the Hyundai Elantra, followed by the Toyota at 139 hp. The Subaru is the only AWD car here and therefore makes most out of its 145 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Subaru Impreza Acceleration And Braking Performance

Being renowned in the field of rallying, Subaru has tried to bring some of the knowledge it gained through to its production cars. The Subaru Impreza manages to reach 60 mph in 8.4 seconds and continues to finish the quarter mile in 16.6 seconds. The AWD helps with maintaining traction on all 4 wheels.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.4 sec

6.4 sec 

8.4 sec 

7.8 sec 

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.6 sec

14.9 sec 

16.1 sec 

16.8 sec 

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

112 MPH

122 MPH

Curb Weight

2976 lbs

2762 lbs

2910 lbs

2844 lbs

60-0 

121 ft

113 ft 

125 ft 

121 ft 

In terms of braking the Subaru Impreza can come to a complete emergency stop from 60 mph in 121 feet. Being nearly 200 pounds lighter, the Civic manages to stop in 113 feet, which is the best we have in this comparison.

2021 Subaru Impreza Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Boxer engines are never considered to be economical due to their unique engine layout. Although it is compact, it is not that great when it comes to fuel economy. That said, the Subaru Impreza manages to return a combined 26 mpg. Given the Civic produces almost the same amount of power, it returns a better economy.

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

Fuel Capacity

13.2 gallons

12.4 gallons

13.2 gallons

14.0 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

304/409/343 miles

310/446/359 miles

396/502/435 miles

420/560/490 miles

The best vehicle here when it comes to fuel economy is the Hyundai Elantra. Hyundai have managed to squeeze out 35 mpg combined without any hybrid or electric assistance. In fact the Elantra also offers better range thanks to a larger 14 gallon fuel tank. 

2021 Subaru Impreza Interior

8.5/10

The Impreza’s interiors resembles the Subaru Legacy. 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 Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.3/57/42.3

38.3/54/42

40.3/56.2/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/55.6/36.5

37.1/55/37.4

37.1/51.7/34.8

37.3/55.3/35.7

Cargo Capacity 

12.3 cu.ft.

15.1 cu.ft.

13.1 cu.ft.

14.4 cu.ft.

In terms of space offered, there is plenty in the Subaru Impreza. The rear seats can be folded down to increase its cargo capacity which stands in at 12.3 cubic-feet. The rear seats are a bit low which results in you sitting with your knees a bit higher than your pelvic line.

How’s the 2021 Subaru Impreza’s infotainment system?

In terms of the infotainment the Impreza has 2 options. In the lower Base and Premium trims you get a 6.5 inch screen whereas in the Sport and Limited terms you get an 8 inch screen with multimedia connectivity and comes with Navigation as an option. There is the option of the Harman Kardon system which can be had in the Sport and Limited trims which sounds superb. The interface is easy and intuitive. The graphics of the unit seems sharp and crisp for the naked eye and getting used to it won’t be a hassle.

2021 Subaru Impreza Exterior

8.0/10

The Impreza comes with styling that everyone likes. Subaru has not experimented with any new design philosophy, unlike Hyundai who keeps experimenting with new design philosophies each year. If you squint enough you may even see a Lincoln Continental instead of the impreza. THe signature Subaru logo stands proud in a conventionally styled grilled with headlights swooping along the lines of the hood.

Models

Subaru Impreza

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

Curb Weight 

2976 lbs

2762 lbs

2910 lbs

2884 lbs

Length 

182.7"

182.7"

182.3"

181.9"

Width 

70"

70.9"

70.1"

70.9"

Height

57.3"

55.7"

56.5"

56.5"

Ground Clearance 

5.1"

5.1"

5.1"

5.3"

Wheelbase 

105.1"

106.3"

106.3"

106.3"

The side profile is sleek and functional as is the sort of need for any buyer of this segment. The rear looks rather traditional with signature Subaru design cues. Overall the Impreza is a smart looking car. In comparison with the competition we’ll like to go with an order where the Civic looks the most handsome to the Corolla being plain and vague. The Hyundai and Subaru stay in the middle with the Elantra just edging forward.

2021 Subaru Impreza Safety

9.9/10

The governing bodies like NHTSA and IIHS are very pleased with how the Impreza has performed in their tests. The NHTSA rates the Impreza with a score of 5 stars and the IIHS recommends a title of ‘Good’ for the Impreza. Subaru has put some industry leading safety technology in this midsize sedan which aids the drivers in a number of day to day driving situations. Driver Safety aids like Forward collision alert, Lane departure warning, Rear-cross traffic alert, Auto-Emergency braking make it stand up against the likes of its competitors. Also the improved chassis architecture helps the occupants when in the unfortunate event of a crash by dissipating the shock waves across the whole body away from the cabin

2021 Subaru Impreza Competition

8.3/10

2021 Subaru Impreza Vs Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a conservative car we’d say. The car lacks emotions and is outdated in many ways. The interiors are not that great and so are the electronic nannies. The Impreza on the other hand looks handsome, performs brilliantly and offers better bang for the buck

2021 Subaru Impreza Vs Honda Civic

It’s hard to deem the Civic a bad car. Honda has managed to add all the right ingredients while making the Civic. The Civic overwhelms the Impreza in terms of performance, efficiency and to some extent in terms of driving dynamics. All that said, the Civic lacks the rallying prowess that Subarus are famed for and that’s enough reason for Subaru fanboys to justify.

2021 Subaru Impreza Final Verdict

8.5/10

The 2021 Subaru Impreza is an enjoyable family car. With a host of entertainment features and the legendary Subaru boxer engine paired with a manual driving all 4 wheels, the Impreza is bargain at $18,795. Not to mention the safety it offers coupled with the improved reliability, the Impreza does everything it can for the price it is offered at . 

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2021 Subaru Impreza Overall Reviews


Gerardo M. Campbell

Gerardo M. Campbell 2020 Subaru Impreza Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: July 11, 2020

Good car for the price

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

Speed is not what you gonna get but comfortable and practicality await you with Subaru Impreza. The fuel economy could have been better.

9/10

Features

8/10

Interior

7/10

Design

9/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review


Patrick P. Buck

Patrick P. Buck 2020 Subaru Impreza Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Fun but lacks practicality

Overall Review -

7

Overview Rating

Power is adequate, ride is comfortable, road noise is minimal, AWD means great in snow, and even though it has CVT, it is the best CVT. It is very quick.

8/10

Features

6/10

Interior

7/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

7/10

Deal Value

1/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


9

User Overall Rating

"Good car for the price"

Speed is not what you gonna get but comfortable and practicality await you with Subaru Impreza. The fuel economy could have been better.
by Gerardo M. Campbell

7

User Overall Rating

"Fun but lacks practicality"

Power is adequate, ride is comfortable, road noise is minimal, AWD means great in snow, and even though it has CVT, it is the best CVT. It is very quick.
by Patrick P. Buck