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Used Car: 2013 Subaru Impreza Review

Review Last Updated: 8/14/14

The 2013 Subaru Impreza wowed reviewers with its spacious cabin, confident handling and standard all-wheel drive, but fell short with lackluster tech features and a base engine that’s slightly underpowered.

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Some test drivers said that the 2013 Subaru Impreza’s base four-cylinder engine produces adequate power for both city and highway driving. However, others wrote that the Impreza is slow for an affordable small car, and that it could use more power on steep uphill grades. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and some critics said it makes the Impreza feel a bit livelier than the available automatic (CVT). Impreza WRX and WRX STI models have turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and reviewers said they offer a thrilling amount of power and brisk acceleration. All Imprezas come standard with all-wheel drive. The 2013 Impreza gets up to an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, especially with all-wheel drive. When it was new, test drivers were impressed with the 2013 Impreza’s handling, saying it has accurate steering and corners with confidence and control. Standard all-wheel drive keeps the Impreza planted during bad weather, they added.

Many reviewers said the 2013 Subaru Impreza’s cabin is attractively designed and constructed with a pleasing mix of hard plastics and soft-touch materials. However, others mentioned that the interior looks bland, and that rivals like the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus have higher-quality interior materials. Auto writers said the front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, and that visibility is good from the driver’s seat. The back seat is especially spacious, with more legroom than what many rival compact cars have, they noted. With 12 cubic feet of cargo space, the Impreza sedan’s trunk is smaller than other compact sedans’ trunks, while the hatchback offers a total of 52.4 cubic feet of space, which is good for a small hatchback. The 2013 Impreza comes standard with a four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, an upgraded audio system, cruise control, a power moonroof, a touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera and automatic climate control. Reviewers appreciated the Impreza’s uncluttered dashboard and straightforward climate controls, but some were let down by the stereo system’s poor sound quality. The available navigation system also drew criticism, as some auto writers mentioned that small on-screen buttons can make it difficult to use.

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Other Cars to Consider

Automotive critics thought the 2013 Mazda Mazda3 has controlled handling, and it gets very good fuel economy ratings with the available Skyactiv engine. The Mazda3 is also available as a sedan or a hatchback, just like the Impreza.

The 2013 Honda Civic comes with an impressive list of standard features, and auto writers were pleased with its stylish interior design and sharp steering. The Civic also gets excellent fuel economy and has one of the highest reliability ratings in the class.

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