The Subaru Impreza 2023 Review: It’s All About All-Wheel Drive – Morningstar | CarTailz

By Colin Ryan

If you’re having trouble deciding between an Impreza and its competition, it can come down to how much it snows where you live.

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The 2023 Subaru Impreza is a compact car available as a sedan or hatchback. Some people are just big Subaru fans anyway, but the factor that might sway the decision for others is standard all-wheel drive, which is unmatched by any competitor. Prices start at $19,795.

Wherever snow is a regular guest, Subarus (7270.TO) are in abundance. In places like this there is a lot to be said for a basic 2023 Subaru Impreza. Owners may prefer the cheap steel rims rather than alloy rims as a set wearing the snow tires. The right rubber and all-wheel drive handle many harsh conditions.

However, when the sun comes out and dry roads bring the potential for more fun, the Impreza loses some of its luster compared to newer, faster and more refined competitors like the Honda (7267.TO) Civic and Mazda3. If you’re having trouble deciding, let the amount of thermal underwear you own be your guide.

2023 Subaru Impreza prices

The cheapest new Impreza is a base sedan model with manual transmission. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $19,795 plus a target fee. The hatchback equivalent starts at $20,295. Replacing the transmission for an automatic costs an additional $1,300.

The top trim of the 2023 Impreza lineup is Limited, available only as a hatchback and starting at $27,395. A $2,350 option package for this model adds a power sunroof, navigation, and an 8-speaker, 432-watt Harman Kardon audio system.

Even though the 2023 Impreza is one of the cheapest new compact cars, its competitors still manage to impress – and priced in the low $20,000 range. For example, the Honda Civic is a much newer model. The Mazda3 has the fun factor as well as a handsome exterior and an almost luxurious interior. Then there’s the ever-reliable Toyota (7203.TO) Corolla and the well-appointed Hyundai Elantra.

Before you buy a new Impreza, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area have paid for theirs. The Impreza maintains its value very well and is only beaten by the Civic in this regard.

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Driving the 2023 Subaru Impreza

It’s really saying something when a universally disliked continuously variable transmission (CVT) is more recommendable than a manual transmission. If the 5-speed stick shifter was pleasant to use in some versions of the 2023 Impreza, maybe we think higher of it. But it’s primitive and clunky, making the car thirstier.

Just because one of the trim levels is called Sport doesn’t mean it’s going to be an exciting drive. Excitement isn’t an Impreza specialty, with just 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque simmering in the engine bay.

However, the Sport model has slightly firmer suspension than the rest of the range and uses its all-wheel drive system to produce active torque distribution. By tailoring the power going to specific wheels, torque vectoring can help the car power through a corner with optimal precision and reduce understeer — where the front tires start to lose grip, nose-push wide and the only other Possibility to conquer it should slow down.

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interior comfort

Some might find the design flair lacking inside the 2023 Impreza. But that doesn’t really matter in a user-friendly cabin. Materials and build quality are also good for the class and age of the car.

If you sit in front, you have a lot of space. Rear-seat passengers will be pretty happy, too, with 37.2 inches of headroom and 36.5 inches of legroom. Both the sedan and hatch versions have 60/40 split/folding rear seats.

The sedan’s trunk measures 12.3 cubic feet — the Honda Civic does it better. The Impreza hatchback offers more practicality. Behind the rear seats is 20.8 cubic feet of luggage space that opens to 55.3 cubic feet when folded down.

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exterior styling

If you want to buy a new Impreza, you can choose between a sedan with a trunk or a hatchback. They might want to look beyond the base trim with its 16-inch steel wheels and look at the next premium alloy wheel model. The premium hatchback also gets roof rails.

The only exception to this sedan-or-hatch arrangement is the top-limited trim, which is only available as a hatchback. This variant is also equipped with full LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.

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Six cool features

1. All-Wheel Drive Like most other Subarus, all-wheel drive is standard on the 2023 Impreza. Still, it costs no more than its front-wheel drive competitors and still achieves decent fuel economy.

2. Automatic Transmission The base model has a manual transmission, but most buyers spend the extra money and opt for the automatic transmission. Driver assistance systems such as front collision warning with automatic emergency braking are also on board as a bonus.

3. EyeSightThis is Subaru’s suite of driver assistance features that come standard on every new automatic transmission Impreza. In addition to the front collision warning, it includes a lane departure warning system/lane departure warning system and a rear seat reminder.

4. Infotainment system Although the standard 6.5-inch touchscreen is disappointingly small, this system comes standard with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and is very easy to use. At the premium level, satellite radio comes into play. Sport and Limited trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.

5. Steering responsive headlights These come in the top limited trim and follow the steering angle. They light up around bends and can give the driver extra reaction time if a bend obscures a hazard.

6. Harman Kardon audio system Unfortunately only optional on the Sport and Limited versions of the 2023 Impreza, but this rich-sounding 8-speaker/432-watt setup can make long drives or long traffic jams seem a lot shorter.

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engine and gears

A 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine powers the 2023 Impreza compact with 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.

Both the basic sedan and the hatchback model have a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard – just like the hatchback with sports equipment. The rest of the lineup comes with an automatic transmission. In each iteration, power goes to all four wheels.

These Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates are for 2022, but there should be no changes for 2023.

Flat 2.0-liter 4,152 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm, EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg (manual, sedan), 24/31 mpg ( Manual, Hatchback), 28/36 mpg (Automatic, Sedan/Hatchback), 27/36 mpg (Sport Sedan, Automatic), 22/30 mpg (Sport Hatchback, Manual), 27/35 mpg (Sport Hatchback, Automatic)

The methodology of the KBB car evaluation.

This story originally ran on KBB.com.

 

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