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2019 Subaru Impreza Review

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The Subaru Impreza may not be fancy but it is practical: standard all-wheel drive (AWD), top safety ratings and a relatively low price. Both the hatchback and the sedan start under $20,000. Yet even if you pay more for the higher trims, you won’t see features such as all-leather seating. If you don’t mind safely driving through bad weather on cloth seats, the Impreza could be for you.Subaru Impreza

2019 Subaru Impreza pricing

The Impreza sedan starts out at a manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) of $18,595 and goes up to $25,190, although that price can go higher with added options on top of the highest trim level; other features available for purchase include a moonroof and premium audio.

To get the Impreza hatchback pricing, add $500 to the sedan price. Impreza hatchbacks, which Subaru calls “5-door,” start at $19,095 and can go above the top trim price of $25,690 if you add on more features.

Sedan
2.0i 2.0i Premium 2.0i Sport 2.0i Limited
$18,595 $21,595 $22,195 $25,190
5-Door Hatchback
2.0i 2.0i Premium 2.0i Sport 2.0i Limited
$19,095 $22,095 $22,695 $25,690

 

Of course you do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Check out prices at local dealers and use industry guides — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides — to see what the fair market price is for an Impreza in your area.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Potential lenders could include Subaru financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. Car dealers can raise your APR, so be sure to apply for a loan outside of the dealership. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within the rate shopping period of generally 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may be matched with up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders based on your creditworthiness.

2019 Subaru Impreza safety

The 2019 Impreza is a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ according to the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Both the sedan and the 5-door earned a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Subaru EyeSight driver assistance is included on the 2.0i Limited, the highest trim level, but you could add it to any of the lower trim levels for an extra charge. It features four safety technologies:

  • Pre-Collision Braking. The car alerts the driver of a likely front-end collision and applies full braking force.
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management. If the car detects an imminent collision, it will cut the throttle to reduce speed.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control. The car can adjust its speed to pace with a vehicle in front of it at your selected distance.
  • Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning. The car can alert you if it strays out of the lane.

Other safety technology Subaru offers on higher trims includes:

  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The car can alert the driver of another vehicle in its blind spot when the turn signal is on and of oncoming or passing rear traffic when the car is in reverse. This feature is available on the Premium trim and above.
  • Subaru Starlink ™ Safety and Security. If in an accident, the car will alert a customer care advisor who can contact the driver/passengers and call 911 if appropriate. The service can immobilize the vehicle if it is stolen, respond to an SOS alert given by the driver, help with vehicle diagnostics, provide maintenance alerts and more. This feature is standard on the Premium trim and above.

2019 Subaru Impreza trim comparison

Both the sedan and the 5-door have the same trim levels, with the same features on each trim. The standard features for each trim are included in the price.

Trim 2.0i 2.0i Premium
Body Type Sedan 5-Door Sedan 5-Door
MSRP $18,595 $19,095 $21,595 $22,095
Standard Features Subaru Starlink Multimedia, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Wi-Fi Capability, Heated Front Seats
Trim 2.0i Sport 2.0i Limited
Body Type Sedan 5-Door Sedan 5-Door
MSRP $22,195 $22,695 $25,190 $25,690
Standard Features 18″ Alloy Wheels, 8″ Screen, Active Torque Vectoring, Rocker Spoilers Leather-Trimmed Seats, EyeSight, LED Steering Responsive Headlights

 

Keep in mind, you could add features that are not included in the price of the car. For example, you could add a power-sliding moonroof and/or blind-spot detection to any trim, Premium and above.

2019 Subaru Impreza competitor comparison

The Impreza has plenty of competitors. Here are some highly-rated ones and how they compare.

Subaru Impreza
sedan
Honda Civic sedan Chevrolet Cruze sedan Toyota Corolla sedan
Base MSRP $18,595 $19,450 $17,995 $18,700
Expert Scores 4 4.4 4.3 3.9
Standard Technology AWD, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Honda Sensing, Audio USB Port Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 7″ Touch Screen Safety Sense-P, Audio USB Port
Body Types Available Sedan, Hatchback Sedan, Coupe, Hatchback Sedan, Hatchback Sedan
Fuel Economy 27 MPG 32 MPG 33 MPG 32 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

Subaru model comparison

The Impreza has quite a few brothers and sisters. If you prefer something bigger or smaller but want to stay loyal to Subaru, check them out and how they compare.

Model Impreza Outback Ascent Forester Crosstrek
MSRP $18,595 $26,345 $31,995 $24,295 $21,895
Expert Scores 4 4.1 4.1 3.9 3.8
Body Types Available Sedan and Hatchback Mid-Size Crossover Mid-Size Crossover Compact SUV Subcompact Crossover and Hybrid
Standard Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic Automatic Manual
Combined Fuel Economy MPG 27 MPG 28 MPG 23 MPG 29 MPG 25 MPG
Standard Features AWD, 6.5″ Touch Screen. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Cruise Control AWD, EyeSight, 6.5″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto AWD, EyeSight, Trailer Stability Control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 6.5″ Touch Screen AWD, EyeSight, Trailer Stability Control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 6.5″ Touch Screen AWD, Bluetooth, 6.5″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

The bottom line on the 2019 Subaru Impreza

As the least expensive new Subaru you can buy, you might like it if you are looking for an inexpensive new car with all-wheel drive. You might not like it if you want something a bit splashier with more premium features.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

 

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