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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
Quick Take
The 2014 Subaru Impreza remains the only option in its class to come equipped with standard all-wheel-drive, where many don't offer it all. It's tough, practical, and looks good, too. Read more »
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The restyle has turned the Impreza sedan, like our test car, into a miniaturized version of the Legacy.

Car and Driver »

You might not remember how they look tomorrow, but neither can you pick out any truly ugly details.

Edmunds »

Subarus have never really been known for their beauty, and the 2012 Impreza, while an improvement from the previous-generation car, isn't going to win any design contests anytime soon.

Autoblog »

Borrowing styling cues from the larger Legacy, the new Impreza has crisp character lines and pronounced wheel arches that contribute to a beefy stance.

Road & Track »

The Impreza’s look doesn’t pop, but it’s not unattractive.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$17,895 $23,195
MSRP $17,895
INVOICE $17,104
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4-Door Manual 2.0i
Gas Mileage 25 mpg City/34 mpg Hwy
Engine Regular Unleaded H-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Compact Cars
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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2014 Subaru Impreza 4-Door Manual 2.0i
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$ 17,104 $ 17,895
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$ 18,021 $ 18,895
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$ 18,815 $ 19,795
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The Basics:

The Subaru Impreza isn't a typical economy-minded compact sedan. It has standard all-wheel drive, which sets it apart from every other sedan in its segment, and allows it to tackle slightly more adventurous paths than the average Civic or Focus.

In a move to attract more mainstream shoppers into the fold, Subaru redesigned the Impreza two years ago, giving it better fuel economy, better pricing, and more options. It's closer now to the rest of the compact segment than it's ever been, but it's still most-often cross-shopped against the underdogs in the market–the Mazda 3, VW Jetta and Golf, and until recently, the Suzuki SX4.

The 2014 Impreza remains offered in base, Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models. Premium models add popular equipment like cruise control and fog lamps. The Limited trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels and the CVT with six-speed manual mode and paddle shifters as standard, plus leather seat upholstery, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, an AM/FM/CD stereo with HD radio, and some trim options. One of the few options is a navigation system with a 6.1-inch screen. For 2014, Aha Radio is included with any car optioned with the navigation system, and a rearview camera comes as part of the Limited package.

In all standard Impreza models (the higher-performance WRX and STI models are covered by a separate review), a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed ('flat') four-cylinder engine makes 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, transmitting it to all four wheels through either a five-speed manual gearbox or, for better gas mileage, the second generation of Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. The five-speed comes standard in lower-end models, but it's largely our preference between the two; the CVT is offered in all trims and standard in the high-end Impreza Limited. Handling is responsive and drama-free, but it doesn't quite win in the fun-to-drive category (that would go to the Mazda 3 or Ford Focus).

The redesign from 2012 yielded an exterior that's almost exactly the same size as the model it replaced, yet Subaru has made better use of the space, with a new seat design that has more passenger space and now folds flat. There's also a useful variety of bins, trays, cubbies, and cup holders, along with a pair of 12-volt power outlets. Our only complaint about the interior is that you hear a bit too much road noise on some surfaces.

The federal government has given the Impreza five stars; while in IIHS testing it's earned the group's Top Safety Pick+ accolade, with a top-tier 'good' performance in the tough small overlap frontal test. You'll find all the other safety equipment that's expected in this class, and with the recent redesign Subaru slimmed the pillars for better visibility. 


  • Attractive styling
  • Responsive, drama-free handling
  • Standard AWD
  • Easy loading, flat cargo floor
  • 36 mpg, in an all-wheel-drive car


  • Interior trim still feels cheap
  • Road noise
  • Mandatory AWD
  • Lack of advanced infotainment options
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