2021 Subaru Impreza

MSRP range: $18,795 - $25,895
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MSRP$21,401
Edmunds suggests you pay$20,558

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2021 Subaru Impreza Review

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Roomy cabin is quiet and comfortable
  • Plenty of advanced driver safety features
  • Available manual transmission for those who want to row their own gears
  • Slow and noisy acceleration
  • Lower-quality interior materials compared to many rivals
  • Hard to match fuel economy estimates in the real world
  • Premium trim level now comes with Subaru's SI-Drive engine management
  • Part of the fifth Impreza generation introduced for 2017

The Subaru Impreza offers two body styles: sedan and hatchback. Both come standard with all-wheel drive, which could be appealing if you live in a cold-weather region and need the extra traction. Furthering the niche appeal here is the car's available manual transmission. Few automakers bother to offer one these days, so credit to Subaru for keeping the flame alive for people who enjoy the more tactile feeling of a clutch and manual shifter.

In other aspects, however, the Impreza is pretty average. Rivals such as the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3 have more refined interiors and better powertrain choices. So is the Impreza for you? Read our full Edmunds rating of the Impreza to see how it rates in regard to performance, comfort, utility and more.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
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The Impreza is roomy and provides extra wet-weather traction because of its standard all-wheel-drive system. But the engine and transmission are a bit of a letdown.
The weak engine is one of the Impreza's biggest failings. Its 0-60 mph time of 9.4 seconds is near the bottom of the class, and the transmission can exacerbate the engine's buzzy and relatively unresponsive nature. Passing on the highway or merging into traffic requires more time and planning than it should.

It's not all bad news. The brakes are firm and easy to control, meaning you can bring the car to a smooth stop with ease. The steering is quick and responsive without feeling unsettled, and it's sportier relative to the steering in most competitors. Body roll is well controlled, and standard all-wheel drive helps the Impreza feel more sure-footed than some other small sedans.
With a relatively quiet and smooth ride, the Impreza is a breeze to drive on the highway. It's comfortable and compliant without feeling too soft or floaty. There's no wind noise, but the continuously variable automatic transmission does result in some unpleasant whine. The seats are comfortable and well bolstered even if they are a bit on the firm side for long road trips. The rear seats are flat but comfortable.

The available automatic climate control is easy to operate, but the vents aren't well placed. A couple of the main air vents are right next to the steering wheel, right where you would grip, unfortunately cooling your fingers quicker than the cabin.
The Impreza's interior is definitely functional. The controls are clear and easy to use, and the secondary screen on the top of the dash is more useful than it may seem at first.

The Impreza is easy to see out of, especially in hatchback form. There's plenty of room for passengers, though those over 6 feet tall might find the rear seats a little tight. The large door openings make it easy to get in and out. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, offering plenty of adjustment for drivers of any size or shape.
The touchscreen is laid out much like a smartphone homescreen. It's familiar, easy to see and understand, and responsive to touch inputs. The navigation command structure is simple, and finding points of interest is easy. But the stereo's speaker quality and max volume could be better.

The EyeSight system's adaptive cruise control works well. It maintains a proper distance and doesn't slam on the brakes when you get cut off or follow too far behind. The lane keeping assist system also works well.
Between the two available Impreza bodies — sedan and hatchback — we'd recommend the hatch. The sedan has limited trunk space compared to class leaders such as the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3. Storage for small items is fine, but some competitors do better. There are plenty of cupholders, all capable of fitting a standard water bottle or soda can.

Child seat accommodation is excellent. The latches are easy to access, and you'll find three anchor points behind the rear seat. The roomy interior means there's a good amount of room for bulky rear-facing child seats.
The EPA estimates the Impreza sedan with the CVT automatic, its most fuel-efficient configuration, will get 32 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That's right on target for the segment's top competitors. But real-world fuel economy is disappointing; our test Impreza struggled to yield even 28 mpg.
In lower trim levels, the Impreza is a good way to get all-wheel drive without a big price premium. But as you move up the trim-level ladder, the rising cost makes the Subaru a less compelling offering. The interior isn't as nice as what you'll find in some other small sedans, and no features help the Impreza stand out in the class.
It's certainly a plus that the Impreza is one of the few cars in the class with all-wheel drive. But the lackluster engine reduces desirability. The Impreza is simply too slow compared to some rivals. It's a good car but lacks the desirability of the class leaders.

Which Impreza does Edmunds recommend?

Check out the Impreza's midlevel Premium trim. Rather than feeling bare-bones like the base trim, it comes with a few creature comforts such as heated front seats and  Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver safety aids. Tech-savvy buyers will want to consider the Sport or Limited trim level for the upgraded 8-inch infotainment system.

Subaru Impreza models

The 2021 Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or a four-door hatchback. Features on the four trims are broadly similar for both body styles. The four trims available are the base, Premium, Sport and Limited.

Base
The Impreza starts you out with:

  • Four-cylinder engine (152 horsepower)
  • Five-speed manual transmission or continuously variable automatic (CVT)
  • All-wheel drive
  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Cruise control
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power windows and door locks
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability
  • Four-speaker stereo with a single USB port

Premium
Has some more desirable equipment such as:

  • Selectable drive modes (Subaru's SI-Drive; adjusts throttle response and powertrain characteristics)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Upgraded suspension for more stable handling
  • Heated front seats
  • An extra USB port
  • Six-speaker stereo

Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver aids is available on the base Impreza and standard on the Premium and above. It includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Subaru and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Impreza back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

Sport
Gets you a sportier take on the Impreza with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with wider tires
  • Sporty suspension tuning
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Upgraded interior trim
  • Short-throw shifter (manual transmission models only)
  • 8-inch touchscreen with navigation

Limited
Compared to the Premium, the top-line Limited has:

  • Standard CVT
  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • 8-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

Premium and Sport trims are also available with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a sunroof. Sport and Limited models have the option of the sunroof plus a Harman Kardon stereo.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Subaru Impreza.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
4 total reviews
5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 25%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • fuel efficiency
  • driving experience
  • interior

Most helpful consumer reviews

3/5 stars, Impressed by the Impreza 5 stars out of 5 stars
Bigmoe,
Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
2021 Impreza sport hatchback is a great car. I am averaging 30 mpg in the city. Many complain about the power. I find it accelerates just fine and the ride is very smooth. Get the Harmon Kardon sound system and you want regret it.
4/5 stars, Smooth Ride
Ryan Smo,
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Smooth, responsive, and good on gas. I got black exterior and black interior. It looks extremely crisp.
5/5 stars, Very pleased
Wilma,
4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I felt loyal to a certain brand but because of the reviews, incentives and quality I bought one. I am very happy with my new vehicle.
5/5 stars, Subaru does not disappoint
Barbara Kamen,
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Rides great. Beautiful inside and out. Always a smooth drive and impressive safety features.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$20,095
MPG & Fuel
28 City / 36 Hwy / 31 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Flat 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 152 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 145 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 182.7 in. / Height: 57.3 in. / Width: 70.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3047 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 12.3 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Impreza safety features:

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Sounds an audible warning when vehicles are approaching from the side, such as when backing out of a parking space.
Subaru EyeSight
Bundles several driver aids, including adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
Reverse Automatic Braking
Applies the brakes automatically if a collision is deemed imminent while reversing.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Subaru Impreza vs. the competition

2021 Subaru Impreza

2021 Subaru Impreza

2021 Mazda 3

2021 Mazda 3

Subaru Impreza vs. Mazda 3

Much like the Impreza, the Mazda 3 is offered in both sedan and hatchback configurations. The Mazda 3 doesn't come standard with all-wheel drive like the Impreza, but Mazda does offer it as an option on certain trim levels. The Mazda 3 is also more refined on the inside. In the Impreza's favor is its more spacious rear seating. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda 3.

Compare Subaru Impreza & Mazda 3 features 

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic

Some shoppers might pass up the Honda Civic because it doesn't offer all-wheel drive before even giving it a chance. But if you don't need the all-weather capability, the Civic is our favorite small car. It's spacious and refined and comes as both a sedan and a hatchback. Its turbocharged engine has more power and better fuel economy too.

Compare Subaru Impreza & Honda Civic features 

Subaru Impreza vs. Kia Forte

If you're looking for a bit of driving fun in an affordable package, the Kia Forte (specifically in the GT trim) is a great place to start your search. The Forte doesn't offer all-wheel drive, but it does have a spacious trunk, an easy-to-use interior interface, and lots of features for the money. It rides a bit stiff compared to the Subaru, however.

Compare Subaru Impreza & Kia Forte features 

2021 Subaru Impreza First Impressions

What is the Impreza?

The Subaru Impreza isn't an impressive performer in the small sedan class, coming in fifth place in Edmunds' rankings after the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla. It does distinguish itself from the rest by not only offering all-wheel drive but by making it standard equipment. That certainly explains its popularity in cold-weather regions, but those in more temperate zones will be better served by its rivals.

We don't expect the Impreza's position to change for 2021 either. It seems very likely it will receive a full redesign for the 2022 model year, which leads us to believe that Subaru won't commit any significant resources to updating the Impreza. The 2019 model's mild refresh provides further backup for this view.

That means if you've been thinking about committing to an Impreza, there's likely no reason to wait. If you're seeking an all-wheel-drive small sedan, your choices are limited to the 2020 Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3.

EdmundsEdmunds says

With a full redesign for the Impreza likely for 2022, we expect the 2021 model to have minimal changes. In that regard, it'll remain a midpack performer due to its leisurely acceleration, comparably loud interior, and somewhat unrealistic fuel economy estimates. It does gain points, though, for standard all-wheel drive.


FAQ

Is the Subaru Impreza a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Impreza both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about Subaru Impreza fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Impreza gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 31 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Impreza has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Subaru Impreza. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Subaru Impreza?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Subaru Impreza:

  • Premium trim level now comes with Subaru's SI-Drive engine management
  • Part of the fifth Impreza generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Subaru Impreza reliable?

To determine whether the Subaru Impreza is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Impreza. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Impreza's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Subaru Impreza a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Subaru Impreza is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Impreza and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Impreza is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Subaru Impreza?

The least-expensive 2021 Subaru Impreza is the 2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $18,795.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,095
  • Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,195
  • Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $23,595
  • 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $18,795
  • Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,895
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What are the different models of Subaru Impreza?

If you're interested in the Subaru Impreza, the next question is, which Impreza model is right for you? Impreza variants include 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Impreza models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Subaru Impreza

2021 Subaru Impreza Overview

The 2021 Subaru Impreza is offered in the following submodels: Impreza Hatchback, Impreza Sedan. Available styles include Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Subaru Impreza models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 152 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Subaru Impreza comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Subaru Impreza comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Subaru Impreza?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Subaru Impreza and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Impreza 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Impreza.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Subaru Impreza and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Impreza featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Subaru Impreza?

2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,401. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $843 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $843 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,558.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 3.9% below the MSRP.

2021 Subaru Impreza Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Impreza Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,830. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Impreza Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,113 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,113 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,717.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Impreza Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Subaru Impreza Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Impreza Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,803. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Impreza Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,254 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,254 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,549.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Impreza Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 4.7% below the MSRP.

2021 Subaru Impreza Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Impreza Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,941. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Impreza Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,436 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,436 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,505.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Impreza Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 5% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Subaru Impreza?

2021 Subaru Impreza Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/36 highway MPG

2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/36 highway MPG

2021 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/36 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG31
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume121.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase105.1 in.
Length176.2 in.
Width70.0 in.
Height58.9 in.
Curb Weight3104 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Subaru Impreza?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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