There’s nothing remarkable about the 2023 Subaru Impreza, but at its price point, it’s a decent compact car. The smallest of Subaru’s lineup, the Impreza is available as both a hatchback and a sedan.
Standard all-wheel drive, a spunky ride, and a no-nonsense interior design are among the Impreza’s highlights, and the car also offers plenty in the way of safety features, including driver-assistance tech in CVT-equipped vehicles.
While we admire that the Subaru lineup offers a manual, its five-speed stick isn’t the one we’d recommend, as it lacks precision. Overall, the 2023 Impreza is a suitable choice for most purposes despite its hang-ups. But, rivals such as Mazda 3 and Honda Civic have more to offer.
Engine & Performance
The Impreza comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. With little low-end punch, both the sedan and hatchback require considerable goading to keep the engine where it needs to be to make power.
The five-speed manual transmission on our Impreza Sport sedan performed less lethargically than the CVT of our long-term Sport hatch, but we actually prefer the automatic, due to the manual’s notchy and imprecise nature.
The Impreza strikes a near-perfect balance between ride and handling. The body doesn’t lean in turns, and the quick steering gives the compact car an additional sense of verve.
Choose any Impreza with the CVT and you’ll be pleased with its fuel economy. If you settle for the manual transmission, you’ll visit your local gas station more frequently.
The most efficient Impreza earns 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, per the EPA; the least-efficient model, a hatchback with a manual transmission is rated for 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
The Impreza’s interior may be short on style, but it tops in design. Easy-to-read gauges, simple controls, and an intuitive climate-control system make this car a breeze to operate.
Additionally, the cabin benefits from soft-touch plastics, cushy armrests, and impressive fit and finish. Passenger volume is class competitive, and tall drivers will appreciate the model’s ample front-seat legroom.
The cargo areas of both the Impreza sedan and hatchback are on the smaller side of the class and there aren’t a lot of places to store small personal items in the cabin, but you can fold down the 60/40 split-folding rear seat for additional cargo space when you need it.
Safety & Driver-Assistance Features
Subaru equips automatic-transmission models with its EyeSight suite of driver-assistance technologies. Buyers of the manual are out of luck.
Forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross-traffic alert, also form part of the key safety features of the 2023 Subaru Impreza.
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