2016 Subaru Impreza vs. Its Competition

2016 Subaru Impreza
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and Dodge Dart are among the many other alternatives in this class; although none of those models offer AWD even as an optional item.

2016 Subaru Impreza2016 Subaru Impreza
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2016 Hyundai Elantra GT2016 Hyundai Elantra
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2016 Kia Forte EX2016 Kia Forte
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Subaru Impreza is the compact car to choose when you require all-wheel drive for year-round traction but don't want or need the gas-mileage hit that comes with boxy SUVs and rugged trail ability.
Not quite a hot hatch, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT gives up some rear-seat space in the name of cargo room and European style.
There's a lot of curb appeal in the 2016 Kia Forte, although lackluster safety scores and cabin-comfort shortcomings keep it from being another Kia high-achiever.
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest.
Between base, e-Golf electric, and high-performance GTI and Golf R versions, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf lineup doesn't forget about the space-and-versatility fundamentals of hatchback—or SportWagen—ownership.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Manual 2.0i4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport2-Door HB Manual TSI
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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