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2013 Subaru Impreza vs. Its Competition

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The 2013 Subaru Impreza used to be a niche model off in left field, with a narrow but loyal appeal toward crunchy types, but it's now closer to the middle of the compact segment, competing against high-volume models like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, and Ford Focus.

Against the Civic and the Corolla, the Impreza feels much more appealing, with better driving manners as well as a better feature set and standard all-wheel drive.

The Cruze however has a somewhat more comfortable interior, while the Focus still strikes us as much more stylish.

The Mazda3 is another worthy rival, and one of the few small-car models that's more engaging and fun-to-drive than the Impreza--at least until the roads turn slippery.

The Kia Forte is a lower-priced alternative that still has a lot of style and personality, while the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta have clean styling and top-notch refinement but don't offer all-wheel drive.

However a high-mileage TDI clean-diesel engine is available on the VW models.

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The 2013 Impreza retains the Subaru hallmarks of standard all-wheel drive, practicality, and durability, while packing in more features for the money—and it looks good doing it.
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Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
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It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
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The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
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The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model.
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$17,895Browse Used Listings$16,695Browse Used Listings$15,400Browse Used Listings$16,700Browse Used Listings$18,095Browse Used Listings$15,545Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize carsCompact CarsCompactCompactCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Manual 2.0i4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i SV2-Door HB Manual PZEV4-Door Manual Base
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan2 Door HB4 Door Sedan
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