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Avg. Price Paid: $13,667 - $15,654
Original MSRP: $17,495 - $20,995
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Subaru Impreza Review

Review Last Updated: 7/23/12

The 2011 Subaru Impreza has standard all-wheel drive and good performance, making it a sure-footed option for 2011 small car shoppers. However, buyers in search of a small car with higher fuel economy ratings and good reliability may want to check out competitors.

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The 2011 Subaru Impreza stands out from the pack with standard all-wheel drive, which is a rarity in this class. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes in all models, and many reviewers said that the engine provides good power. Still, they recommended the pricier 2011 Impreza WRX and WRX STI if you crave sports-car performance and are looking for excellent safety scores. While standard all-wheel drive may appeal to shoppers, there is a trade-off. The Impreza gets up to 20/27 mpg city/highway, which is less than a number of small cars.

The base Impreza has a solid list of standard safety features, but its interior is sparse. The Impreza comes with a stereo and air conditioning, but to get Bluetooth, navigation or a USB port, you have to choose a higher trim. The Impreza sedan doesn’t have much trunk space, so if you need more room for cargo, check out the hatchback model, which has a lot more room for gear. Passenger space is pretty good for the class, though.

If you’re hunting for one of the best long-term values in the class, the Impreza may not be the ideal choice. The 2011 Impreza’s below-average reliability score and low fuel economy ratings mean that it could be pricey to own. But if all-wheel drive and a roomy interior are at the top of your list, the Impreza is a worthwhile small car.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Mazda3 may fit your fancy if you want good performance but don’t need all-wheel drive. Like the Impreza, the Mazda3 is available as a sedan or hatchback, and both models have cargo space that’s comparable with the Impreza. If you choose the Mazda3, you’ll also get much higher fuel economy and a better reliability score. However, common features like air conditioning were optional on the base Mazda3 when it was new.

Few small cars offer all-wheel drive, but if you need it, the agile 2011 Nissan Juke crossover is worth considering. With or without all-wheel drive, the Juke has higher fuel economy ratings than the Impreza. The base Juke also comes with more standard features. However, the Juke’s back seat isn’t as spacious as the Impreza’s, and while the Juke’s reliability score is higher, it’s still not as good as the most dependable 2011 small cars.  

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