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MSRP: $17,895 - $23,195
Invoice: $17,104 - $21,978
MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy
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Subaru Impreza Interior

The 2014 Impreza’s cabin features a pleasing blend of plastic and soft-touch surfaces, reviewers say, noting that the design is simple and conservative, but classy. The front seats are supportive, visibility is good and there’s plenty of room for the driver and passengers to get comfortable, test drivers note. The rear seats are particularly roomy, with ample legroom. The Impreza’s controls are straightforward and logically arranged, reviewers say, though a few mention that the base stereo system could sound better.

  • "‘Simple’ and ‘easy-to-use’ would be the best way of describing the Impreza's interior. ‘Plain’ may be another." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The airy interior is an Impreza strong point. Even larger folks should feel comfortable up front. Generous fore-aft seat travel will have 6-footers sliding the seat forward a bit." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Impreza's interior design is pretty conservative, a look that might turn off buyers looking for more flair. Others will find it clean, time-tested and high-quality, as the dash and door sills have soft-touch trim and panel gaps are tight." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • “The extra room, extra window space and new soft-touch materials make for a driver-friendly cabin." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

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Seating

The Impreza seats five and comes standard with a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. Available upgrades include heated front seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and seats. Reviewers are impressed with the 2014 Subaru Impreza for its comfortable cabin. They say the front seats are supportive on long trips, and that the driver’s seat offers convenient height adjustments. There’s ample head- and legroom in both the front and back, test drivers report, and getting in and out of the rear seats is a cinch thanks to the wide door frame.

  • "A six-footer will fit behind another, with adequate foot space, legroom, and headroom. Entry and exit are fairly easy, helped by wide-opening rear doors." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The front seats are comfortable, the rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment. ..." --Edmunds (2013)
  • "Shorter drivers will love the low hoodline and generous range of seat-height adjustment. Everyone will appreciate the same from the tilt/telescoping steering wheel. For its class, the Impreza has ample front headroom and legroom.” -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Speaking of those front seats, Subaru redesigned the buckets for long-term comfort, and there's more lumbar support available than in the past." -- Autoblog (2012)

Interior Features

The base 2014 Subaru Impreza is equipped with a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary input, keyless entry 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.

Test drivers say that the Impreza’s audio and navigation controls are logically placed and straightforward to use. Still, some reviewers say that while the base audio system is adequate, the sound quality could be improved.

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  • "Everything here is functional, and most operations are easy to accomplish, except for the buttons for heating the front seats on models so equipped - they are awkwardly located below the driver's-side armrest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In general, Impreza's controls are clearly marked and logically placed. The audio system and climate controls are mounted fairly high on the dash and are within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Unfortunately, sound quality is average at best; a premium-branded audio system would make a nice addition to the options list." -- Left Lane News (2012)
  • "What we like the best about the Impreza's interior is how clean and simple it is, from the dashboard to the center stack to the radio head unit. Even cars equipped with navigation use a simple layout, free of excess buttons and knobs and toggle switches." -- Autoblog (2012)

Cargo

The base Impreza sedan has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on the low end of the compact car segment. The hatchback offers 22.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 52.4 feet with the seats folded, which is excellent compared with rival compact hatchbacks. Test drivers say there’s plenty of interior storage for small items and the hatchback’s wide opening makes loading cargo a breeze.

  • "Small-item storage is better than average with bottle holders in all four doors (the fronts have additional storage space too), a large open bin in front of the shifter, a bi-level bin behind the shifter, two cupholders in the console, and a good-size drop-down glovebox." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The sedan's trunk is still on the small side at 12 cubic feet, but it's 6 percent larger than in the 2011, and the hinges don't encroach on the cargo area. The hatch's cargo area is wide, low and easy to load.” -- Cars.com (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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