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MSRP: $17,895 - $23,195
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MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy
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Subaru Impreza Review

The 2014 Subaru Impreza ranks 11 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Subaru Impreza, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Automotive journalists love the 2014 Subaru Impreza’s roomy cabin and standard all-wheel drive, but also wish it had a bit more power on the highway.

Test drivers say the Impreza may not be the fastest compact car available, but its base four-cylinder engine offers adequate power around town. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. A few test drivers point out that the CVT can be noisy, though most reviewers also say it helps the Impreza get good gas mileage. Equipped with the CVT, the Impreza achieves EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/36 mpg city/highway, which isn’t outstanding for the class, but still pretty good for an all-wheel drive small car. The high-performance WRX model comes with a turbocharged engine that reviewers say is peppy and makes this model fun to drive. In all trims, the Impreza has good traction and a stable, planted feel, test drivers note, adding that both steering and braking are responsive and handling is composed. In terms of safety, the 2014 Impreza offers seven standard air bags, including a driver’s knee air bag.

The 2014 Impreza’s cabin is simple but modern, critics say, with a pleasing amount of soft-touch surfaces. Front seats are supportive and offer good visibility, and the rear seats are especially spacious, according to most reviewers. The sedan has a slightly smaller trunk than some rivals, but the hatchback model offers a good amount of cargo space. Several test drivers note that the controls are well organized and intuitive to operate. Standard features include a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, keyless entry, an auxiliary input and a security system with an engine immobilizer. Optional features include a backup camera, automatic climate control, a moonroof, navigation and a six-speaker audio system with an LCD display.

  • "The 2014 Subaru Impreza offers fuel economy, interior space and pricing on par with class leaders such as the Honda Civic, Ford Fusion and Toyota Corolla. The Impreza goes a step further than the competition, however, by offering all-wheel drive as part of its standard equipment list." -- AutoTrader
  • “Regardless of which model, the Impreza offers a lot of value for the money. However, if you don't have a need for all-wheel drive, you can find similar front-drive compacts with better fuel economy, such as the Mazda Mazda3, Kia Forte and Chevrolet Cruze diesel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Want an affordable and fuel-efficient compact car with all-wheel-drive? Subaru's Impreza sedan and hatchback are your best options - and aside from the thirsty, dated Mitsubishi Lancer, really your only options." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)
  • "A roomy interior, a commendable ride/handling balance and all-wheel drive make the 2013 Subaru Impreza a solid choice for an all-season compact sedan or hatchback." -- Edmunds (2013)

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Details: 2014 Subaru Impreza

The 2014 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 as a sedan or hatchback and comes in a total of 10 trims, ranging from the base Impreza 2.0i to the turbocharged Impreza WRX STI Limited. The Impreza was redesigned for the 2012 model year and has seen few changes since then, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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