You'd think all-wheel drive would be more common among passenger cars, but the 2016 Subaru Impreza is the only compact-car model to offer it standard.
The VW Golf and Jetta both offer TDI diesel models, which offer more impressive fuel economy and have more refined cabins in general.
Also the Mazda 3 is one of our favorites in this class; it's a real looker with a lot of available technology and some of the best driving dynamics available.
The Kia Forte has a lower price and outside of the lack of AWD, more features for the money, although it has some of the same issues with cabin noise.
The Hyundai Elantra is also a strong value and is slightly better in refinement, yet it isn't as sporty-looking.
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|2016 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2016 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2016 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Manual 2.0i||4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||2-Door HB Manual TSI|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Hyundai Elantra||2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Kia Forte||2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Mazda MAZDA3||2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Volkswagen Golf|