Among the various autos that are available on the market, the 2018 Subaru Impreza stands out for its affordability without sacrificing safety, reliability, or features. The Impreza is available as a hatchback or sedan. Its compact size makes it highly affordable, even in the form of the relatively recent 2018 model year.
As a Subaru, the Impreza’s starting price also includes all-wheel drive, delivering confidence in poor weather or on rough roads. There are also four different trim levels in addition to the two body styles, leading to a configuration for every driver.
Engine and Efficiency
The 2018 Subaru Impreza always uses a 2-liter flat-4 engine that delivers 145 pound-feet of torque along with 152 horsepower. Although this engine is not the most powerful you will find, it helps keep costs down, both initially and on gas. After all, models with the optional continuously variable transmission get at least 30 mpg combined. You also can opt for a 5-speed manual. On the higher trims, models with the CVT also get a 7-speed manual shift function that delivers the feel of a conventional transmission.
The Impreza proves that an affordable auto does not have to lack features. All models come standard with features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If the standard 6.5-inch infotainment system is not large enough for you, you can also go with the 8-inch system on higher trims.
Interior Comfort and Space
The Impreza sedan has enough trunk space for the average person. However, the Impreza hatchback delivers a spacious cargo area on a budget: 21 cubic feet. Specifically, you get 20.8 cubes with the rear seats up and 55.3 cubes with them folded.
All models have soft-touch surfaces on the front doors and dashboard. Higher trims also get stitched surfaces and/or interior trim that resembles carbon fiber. The front seats are supportive and available in leather. The only downside is that all but the top trim stick to manual adjustment for both front seats, with the Limited only offering power adjustment for the driver. In terms of rear-seat comfort, passengers get 36.5 inches of legroom, a good figure for a compact car.
Living up to Subaru’s reputation, the 2018 Impreza gets top ratings for safety to give you peace of mind. Those who want some extra protection will find their favorite advanced safety and driver-assistive features available on the 2018 Impreza. These include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision warnings, and active lane control, all as part of the EyeSight technology. Importantly, the EyeSight safety features are available on the Impreza at a lower price point than most competitors.
The Impreza hatchback and sedan have the same styling in the front, up to the front doors. There is a low and broad grille with a bit of chrome flanked by large headlights. The sedan has a tall trunk lid and upmarket LED taillights. Meanwhile, the hatchback is a bit more graceful in the rear with its extended roof line.