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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