2010 Subaru Impreza vs. Its Competition

2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Two cars with similar attributes to the 2010 Subaru Impreza are the Suzuki SX4 and Volkswagen Golf/Jetta.

The SX4 is available in a range of body styles, including both a hatch and sedan, and is the lowest-priced vehicle with all-wheel drive.

The Golf and Jetta miss out on all-wheel drive, but they have a quality feel and are loaded with safety features.

The Toyota Matrix is a good alternative, with available all-wheel drive, a relatively spacious interior, and a good ride.

However, safety in the Matrix is no match for the Impreza, with side airbags, for example, coming as an option.

Both the Mazda3 and Mitsubishi Lancer are strong contenders, both featuring edgier handling and a sharper feel, though engine and road noise on these cars can be a bit intrusive.

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Quick Specs
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With its standard all-wheel-drive system, the 2010 Subaru Impreza automatically has a leg up over many of its rivals in the small car segment. Throw in its strong performance and safety credentials and the Subaru is hard to beat.
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The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt.
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The Mitsubishi Lancer might be positioned and priced as an economy car, but with the right equipment, it can feel like a lot more.
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The 2010 Suzuki SX4 delivers cheerful refinement at a remarkably low price; its only Achilles' heel is its fuel efficiency.
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Not quite a utility vehicle, but a little more robust than a no-frills hatchback, the 2010 Toyota Matrix offers an appealing combination of frugality and versatility.
MSRP From    
$17,495$15,345$14,790$13,359$16,700
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Sub-CompactCompactCompactSmall station wagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name    
4-Door Manual 2.5i4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan Manual DE4-Door Sedan Manual FWD5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5 Door Wagon
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManual