The Subaru Impreza is an affordable compact car made by Subaru.
The Subaru Impreza was first made by Subaru in 1992, replacing the Subaru Leone in the Subaru lineup. In 1994, the STI trim line came out. The second generation of the Subaru Impreza came out in 2000; that car was also called the Subaru Outback Sport and the Saab 9-2X. The third generation of the Subaru Impreza came out in 2007. The fourth generation of the Subaru Impreza came out in 2012. The Subaru Impreza third generation WRX model continued production alongside the fourth generation of the car up through 2014.
The basic model of the Subaru Impreza have a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder 148 horsepower engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or automatic transmission. The non-turbo versions of the Subaru Impreza come in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited. All versions come with a five speed manual transmission as standard, air conditioner, power windows, keyless entry, an AM/FM radio with auxiliary, and USB inputs and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The Sport Premium and Sport Limited configuration levels have 17 inch wheels and fog lights. You also get the collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning system.
The Subaru Impreza WRX is a higher trim level with a 268 horsepower engine, stiffer suspension, and better brakes. The Impreza STI model comes with a 2.5 liter 305 horsepower engine, with the same improved suspension and brakes of the WRX.
This is one of the few compact sedans and hatchbacks at the lower end of the price range with the option of all wheel drive. In fact, all wheel drive is standard for the Subaru Impreza.
The 2.0 liter engine models get 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.5 liter turbocharged engine in the WRX gets 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
In road tests, the Subaru Impreza went zero to sixty in 8.6 seconds and had a top speed of 122 miles per hour.
The Subaru Impreza was rated a top pick for 2015 by Consumer Reports.
Subaru’s brand as a whole was rated in 2015 by Kelly Blue Book as having the lowest cost to own and highest resale value.
The Subaru Impreza was affected by the Takata air bag recall in 2015.
The model year 2008 to 2011 Impreza WRX and STI configurations were recalled in 2014 due to brake lines that could fail due to corrosion. Approximately 650,000 Subaru Impreza vehicles were affected.
In 2013, there was a recall for Subaru Imprezas made from 2012 to 2013 due to key fobs that could malfunction and start the car inadvertently.
The basic trim line, the Impreza 2.0i, cost around $18,700 new in 2015. The hatchback version of the Subaru Impreza adds around $500 to the price.
The Subaru Impreza WRX cost around $35,000 new in 2015. The STI with all of the options cost around $40,000.
The main rivals to the Subaru Impreza are the Hyundai Elantra, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla.
The Subaru Impreza shares its platform with the Subaru Forester and XV Crosstrek but costs much less.
The WRX configuration gets its name from the World Rally Experimental car that was run in rally cross races.