Though the 2018 Subaru Impreza sports a new look and a redesigned interior, its playful side remains. With only one 152-horsepower engine available, the Impreza isn’t the peppiest compact vehicle on the road. But it makes up for it with a well-known all-wheel-drive system and handsome styling at an affordable price.
The 2018 Subaru Impreza seats five. Sedan and hatchback body styles are available. There are four trims for each one: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport and 2.0i Limited. The entire lineup features a four-cylinder engine paired with either a manual or an automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.
After a massive overhaul for 2017, the 2018 Impreza arrives with only one change. The headlights automatically turn on when the windshield wipers are activated.
The 2018 Impreza may have a more upscale and grown-up look, but the overall design doesn’t deviate much from earlier models. The slim trapezoidal grille has a single horizontal bar running through it with character lines that connect it to the headlights and hood. Those thin headlights sit above a sculpted front fascia that’s lower and further out than before. Prominent accent lines below the beltline and toward the bottom of the car give the Impreza a coupe-like design. Rectangular headlights and a tidy rear bumper help give the sedan a more refined look.
The hatchback is the more curvaceous of the two and brings out the new lines of the Impreza better. While the nose is the same as the sedan’s, the roofline, beltline and rear end are unique. The high beltline rises as it reaches the rear of the vehicle and comes to a hard point with the sloping roofline. The more shapely hatchback has a wide opening to ensure getting cargo into the back is simple.
Standard features include 16-inch wheels, multi-reflector halogen headlights, black folding exterior mirrors, body-color door handles and two-speed windshield wipers. Higher trims come with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, roof rails and a roof spoiler.
The Impreza’s interior emphasizes ease of use and has a more inviting look. There’s a two-tiered dashboard that has two screens for infotainment and driver information. Comfortable seats, a quiet cabin and easy-to-use controls create a cozy cabin. Cargo capacity in the hatchback is competitive for the segment. It can hold 20.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 55.3 cubic feet overall.
The Impreza comes with cloth seats, 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a three-spoke steering wheel with integrated buttons and power windows. Higher trims come with sport cloth seats, aluminum-alloy pedal covers, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Only one engine is available for the Impreza. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. Subaru’s iconic all-wheel-drive system is standard.
The Impreza gets up to 28/38 mpg city/highway.
While the engine is adequate for daily use, the engine’s output never feels sporty. That, though, doesn’t stop the chassis from shining, which aids the vehicle in cornering adeptly. Around town, the suspension provides for a comfortable ride, while the sound is kept to a minimum. The CVT is smooth and, with the available steering wheel-mounted paddles, closely resembles a regular automatic. The five-speed manual will appeal to enthusiasts and drivers who enjoy a more engaging ride.
Standard technology features are competitive for the segment. The Impreza comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Pandora and Aha smartphone app integration, an auxiliary jack, USB port/iPod control, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, a rear-vision camera and keyless entry. Moving up to a higher trim brings a 4.2-inch LCD display as the instrument cluster, a 6.3-inch multifunction display, an 8-inch Multimedia Plus system, Starlink Safety & Security (Subaru’s form of OnStar) and push-button start.
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User Reviews for 2018 Subaru Impreza
by Steve on February 10, 2019
Really enjoying this vehicle
"I would like to see a small turbo option. Not for tons of power but just for a little additional pep. I have the 50th anniversary edition which is very nice, however I think I like the cloth seats in my wife's Crosstrek more than I like the leather in my car."
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2018 Subaru Impreza Pricing
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The price range for the 2018 Subaru Impreza is $16,784 - $22,926.
The average selling price is $19,469.
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$18,495 - $24,695
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$16,784 - $22,926
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