2020 Subaru Impreza vs. Its Competition

2020 Subaru Impreza
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The latest Mazda 3 offers wet-climate drivers an all-wheel-drive rival to the Subaru Impreza for the first time.

Though the Mazda is more expensive than the Subaru, it’s also more fun and its interior is a step up in most ways other than its tricky infotainment system.

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are best sellers in the compact class and deserve a strong look.

The Civic comes in a multitude of configurations, none of which are dull.

The latest Corolla is a big step up, especially in frugal hybrid guise.

VW’s Jetta has clean lines and willing turbo power, plus a ride that’s unusually composed.

Don’t skip the Kia Forte, either, with its neat styling matched with a high level of refinement for a bargain price.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2020 Subaru Impreza is a rational choice among compact cars, especially for those who need foul-weather traction.
6.7
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
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The 2020 Kia Forte has the style and now the GT power to slot into any compact-car shopping list.
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The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
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It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
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The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
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