2018 Subaru Impreza

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Subaru Impreza highlights

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  • Standard AWD
  • Roomy and comfortable
  • Available manual transmission


  • Slow acceleration
  • Engine loud at high rpm
  • Small cargo space

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 30 highway, 25 combined

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The 2018 Subaru Impreza is the entry-level all-wheel-drive model in the Subaru lineup

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is the only compact car on the market that comes standard with full-time all-wheel drive. The Impreza was completely redesigned for the 2017 model year when it became the first model built on Subaru's new Global Platform. The entry-level Subaru comes into 2018 with minimal changes. The only update is the addition of automatic headlights with windshield operation on the higher-level trims. Subaru offers the Impreza as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback in four trim levels: base 2.0i, Premium, Sport, and Limited. While Subaru does offer the more powerful (and more expensive) WRX, the Impreza Sport can meet the needs of driving enthusiasts with special suspension tuning, active torque vectoring, and a five-speed manual gearbox. Those looking for a more premium experience will prefer the Limited with its leather-trimmed interior and high-end features.

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What is new for the 2018 Subaru Impreza?

  • Impreza trims have been upgraded with Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • The 2.0I Premium trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.

2018 Subaru Impreza trims

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  • 152-hp, 145-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera
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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Subaru Impreza

What We Like

Driving: It may be low on power and slow to accelerate, but the Impreza makes up for this deficit with excellent handling and drivability. Steering is quick and responsive, with good feedback, and the brakes are strong and easy to modulate. With the grip of full-time all-wheel drive and a solid chassis, the Impreza handles well with very little body lean in the corners. The available manual gearbox is a nice addition, offering better engagement than the CVT (continuously variable transmission).

Interior: The Impreza may be a compact car, but the inside feels quite roomy, with large windows and good headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel combined with the multi-adjustable driver's seat creates a good driving position for a range of drivers. The seats are mounted high enough that sliding in and out is easy, further aided by the wide-opening doors.

Technology: Subaru offers two infotainment displays in the Impreza, with the larger eight-inch touchscreen in the Sport and Limited trims. Both screens feature good graphics with logical navigation via large, easy-to-read icons similar to smartphones. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are standard on all trim levels. EyeSight® driver-assist systems with automatic emergency braking and other advanced driver-assist features are available on all CVT-equipped Imprezas.

What Needs Improvement

Utility: The cargo areas of the five-door hatchback and four-door sedan are smaller than other models in the class, although the hatchback offers a bit more space. This lack of space can be alleviated in either body style by folding down the folding split rear seat. Storage spaces in the cabin are limited, with shallow door pockets and a small center console storage cubby.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.9 out of 5

7 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru Impreza an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru Impreza 35th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Subaru Impreza features and specs

Sport 4WD/AWD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Remote Start
  • Rockford Fosgate Sound
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 43.1"/R 36.5"

Head room

F 39.8"/R 38"

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