The Subaru Impreza is a good compact car. Its cabin is comfortable, spacious and well-equipped with easy-to-use features and controls. Standard all-wheel drive is a highlight and helps this Subaru maintain road grip on a variety of surfaces. The Impreza’s performance is hindered by its engine, which feels underpowered for a vehicle this heavy.
The five-seat Impreza comes with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat are available. The Impreza offers long-haul comfort and support up front and the seats are plenty roomy, even for 6-footers in the second row. Visibility is good in all directions. There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Impreza’s rear outboard seats. With 12.3 cubic feet of space, the Impreza sedan has one of the smallest trunks in the compact car class. However, the hatchback offers SUV-like cargo room, with 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 55.3 cubic feet with them folded. A 60/40-split-folding rear seat is standard.
The Impreza is the only compact car that comes standard with all-wheel drive and it’s available in only a couple of rivals. Routing power to all four wheels gives this car excellent road grip on both dry and slick surfaces. The Impreza has a fairly balanced ride and steering is responsive. Sport models feature performance upgrades like Active Torque Vectoring and adjustable drive modes. Both sedan and hatchback models with the CVT return an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the compact car class.