AWD without the fuel-economy penalty.
Like all Subarus, the Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive. This used to be a penalty when it came to fuel economy, but the 2013 Impreza has a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 27/36 mpg city/highway when equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission. The rally-inspired WRX and STI models continue to use turbocharged 2.5-liter engines that aren’t terribly efficient, but they more than make up for that with their exhilarating performance. Electric power steering is now standard on all Imprezas but the WRX and the STI. Thanks to a recent redesign, the Impreza is more stylish than the previous model, but we still prefer the aggressive look of an STI over that of the base car any day. The redesigned Impreza has all the typical safety appointments, better fuel economy, and a more luxurious interior, and yet Subaru has managed to hold the line on pricing. The Impreza remains one of the best bargains on the market, but it doesn’t come across as an inexpensive car when you look at it or drive it. Increases in trunk capacity and rear-seat legroom are sure to please shoppers who found the old Impreza a bit cramped. The Impreza is available in a wide range of trim levels, so there should be at least one variant that fits your needs.
new for 2013
Subaru upgraded the audio for base 2.0i cars to include Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack. Steering-wheel audio and Bluetooth controls are now standard. Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium cars now feature leather-wrapped steering wheels and shifters. All 2.0i models with the optional navigation system now have rearview cameras.
Front, side, driver’s knee, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.
Surprisingly good on gas
STI and WRX are unchanged
Nonturbo cars are slow
Base Price Range: $18,290–$38,240
TRIM LEVELS: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, 2.0i Sport Premium, 2.0i Sport Limited, WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI, WRX STI Limited
BODY STYLES: Sedan, hatchback, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 2.0L flat-4, 148 hp, 145 lb-ft
2.5L turbo flat-4, 265/305 hp, 244/290 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 5- or 6-speed manual, continuously variable
PASSENGER VOLUME: (sedan/hatchback) 96.9/97.5 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (sedan) 12.0 cu ft; (hatchback, rear seats up/down) 22.5/52.4 cu ft