Subaru Impreza Review
The 2013 Subaru Impreza ranks 14 out of 43 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 27 published reviews and test drives of the Subaru Impreza, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Subaru Impreza is ranked:
Test drivers say that the 2013 Subaru Impreza earns points for practicality with its spacious, comfortable interior and standard all-wheel drive.
The 2013 Impreza has a lot of strengths, including a class-leading safety score, standard all-wheel drive and good gas mileage, but its less-than-stellar reliability score is one of its apparent weaknesses. The 2013 Subaru Impreza is available with three engine choices, and reviewers say that the base Impreza’s four-cylinder engine is powerful enough in most situations. Still, some critics say that the Impreza could use more power for highway passing or steep hill climbs. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. With the CVT, the Impreza delivers an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for the class, especially considering the Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive. While reviewers note that acceleration is adequate in the base Impreza, WRX and WRX STI models get turbocharged four-cylinder engines that deliver significantly more power. One auto writer says that the Impreza isn’t as agile as the Mazda3, but most reviewers appreciate the Impreza’s composed handling, which is bolstered by nicely-weighted steering, firm brakes and the assurance of all-wheel drive.
The 2013 Impreza is available as a sedan or a hatchback, and reviewers find that both body styles have exceptionally comfortable cabins. They note that the front seats are spacious and offer excellent outward visibility, while the back seat has plenty of head- and legroom. With more cargo space than many cars in the class, the Impreza hatchback also offers a utilitarian edge. However, some test drivers say that cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus have nicer interiors. They write that the Impreza’s interior design is a bit plain, and that some hard plastic surfaces could be higher-quality. The 2013 Impreza comes with a stereo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, while options and features available on higher trims include a moonroof, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a navigation system with backup camera and automatic climate control.
- "Impreza delivers a well-rounded package that's roomy, pleasant to drive, and very practical. For shoppers adventuresome enough to look beyond the default choices in small cars, the Impreza could be a very satisfying pick." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2013 Ford Focus offers a nicer interior and superior high-tech features, while the 2013 Mazda 3 feels more nimble around town." -- Edmunds
- "The Impreza is a good choice for those seeking practicality, reliability, good fuel economy and the all-weather traction benefits of all-wheel drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The simple truth is that the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza doesn't really have best-in-class anything - power, fuel economy, cruising range, cargo capacity or even warranty." -- Autoblog (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say that the Hyundai Elantra offers good passenger and cargo space, just like the Impreza. While the Elantra isn’t available with all-wheel drive, it gets slightly better fuel economy than the Impreza and has a lower base price.
If you’re let down by the Impreza’s lack of power, and want a car with all-wheel drive, consider the Nissan Juke. The Juke doesn’t have as much cargo space as the Impreza, but reviewers love its powerful engine and athletic handling.
Details: 2013 Subaru Impreza
The 2013 Subaru Impreza seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard. The Impreza is available in sedan and hatchback body styles and comes in a total of 10 trims, which range from the base Impreza 2.0i to the high-performance WRX STI Limited. Each trim adds to the Impreza’s list of interior features and upgrades some interior materials, and WRX models also benefit from a number of performance enhancements. For 2013, the Subaru Impreza gets Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port as standard equipment, and the optional navigation system now includes a rearview camera. Aside from these additional features, the Impreza rolls into 2013 basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 and 2013 model years.
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