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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Subaru probably could've cheapened it out and hit their sales targets anyway, so it's admirable that they went in the other direction
a lot for the money, especially considering the standard all-wheel drive
a myriad of configurations
Road & Track
Browsing a music library using the radio is not an intuitive process.
The iPod integration works well, but the interface is terrible
There are four trims available on the 2014 Subaru Impreza–base, Premium, Limited, and Sport Limited–and each of them is surprisingly value-driven, offering a lot of features for the money.
All-wheel drive, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary jack and iPod controls are all standard on every Impreza model.
Options include the Lineartronic CVT, the Navigation package, a power moonroof, a 17-inch alloy wheel package, and an all-weather package with heated front seats and exterior mirrors and a wiper de-icer.
Four sound systems are available across the various models: standard, premium, a Display Radio with a 4.3-inch screen, and a Navigation Radio that neatly packages a navigation system that displays on a 6.1-inch LCD screen. However there's no single infotainment system that wraps connectivity, apps capabilities, and navigation together.
Premium models add to the base model popular equipment like cruise control, alloy wheels, six-speaker sound, 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. A navigation system with a 6.1-inch screen is one of a few options.
There's also an appearance-oriented Sport Premium model that has a leather-wrapped steering-wheel and shift knob.
The Outback Sport model is gone, replaced by an outdoor- and activity-themed model, the XV Crosstrek.
Infotainment is a sore point, but the Impreza has standard all-wheel drive.