2013 Subaru Impreza

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Subaru Impreza. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    148-hp, 2.0-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Interior quality
  • Backseat roominess
  • High mileage with CVT

The Bad

  • Road noise

Notable Features of the 2013 Subaru Impreza

  • Newly standard Bluetooth with audio streaming, iPod/USB connectivity
  • Sedan or four-door hatchback
  • Manual or CVT
  • Standard all-wheel drive

2013 Subaru Impreza Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Subaru Impreza compact sedan and four-door hatchback was completely redesigned for 2012 and receives only minor changes for 2013. The Impreza competes with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, most of which have been recently redesigned or introduced. None of these competing models offers standard all-wheel drive, while the Impreza does.
New for 2013
The Subaru Impreza gets standard Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and steering-wheel controls plus an iPod/USB port. Uplevel trims with the optional navigation system now have a backup camera.
Exterior
The Impreza's styling is more mature than the 2011 generation's, yet it avoids blandness. It adopts Subaru's new hexagonal grille. While the wheelbase has increased almost an inch, the overall exterior dimensions are virtually unchanged. The A-pillars anchor almost 8 inches farther forward, giving the windshield a "faster" angle. Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch wheels standard; 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Power side mirrors; available heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
Leather upholstery comes on the Limited and Sport Limited trim levels, along with automatic climate control and premium instrumentation. Materials quality has improved on all trim levels compared to the prior-generation Impreza. Interior features include:

  • Standard ti...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Subaru Impreza compact sedan and four-door hatchback was completely redesigned for 2012 and receives only minor changes for 2013. The Impreza competes with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, most of which have been recently redesigned or introduced. None of these competing models offers standard all-wheel drive, while the Impreza does.
New for 2013
The Subaru Impreza gets standard Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and steering-wheel controls plus an iPod/USB port. Uplevel trims with the optional navigation system now have a backup camera.
Exterior
The Impreza's styling is more mature than the 2011 generation's, yet it avoids blandness. It adopts Subaru's new hexagonal grille. While the wheelbase has increased almost an inch, the overall exterior dimensions are virtually unchanged. The A-pillars anchor almost 8 inches farther forward, giving the windshield a "faster" angle. Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch wheels standard; 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Power side mirrors; available heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
Leather upholstery comes on the Limited and Sport Limited trim levels, along with automatic climate control and premium instrumentation. Materials quality has improved on all trim levels compared to the prior-generation Impreza. Interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard split-folding backseat
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Standard Bluetooth and iPod connectivity
  • Available navigation system 
  • Available heated front seats

Under the Hood
The Impreza's 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine has dual overhead camshafts and makes 148 horsepower and 145 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Engine uses regular gas

Safety
The Impreza has seven airbags: the required frontal pair, front-seat-mounted side-impact torso airbags, side curtains and a knee airbag for the driver. Other safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

One of the best cars I have ever owned.

by Imprezafan from Colorado on July 9, 2018

This car got around great in the snow and got good gas mileage. I would have driven it until it died a natural death had we not gotten another car from a family member. Read full review

(4.0)

2013 Subaru Impreza

by greg r from Bridgewater, NJ on July 6, 2018

Handles extremely well in all types of weather. Great visibility, no blind spots. Comfortable and gas efficient. Safe car for younger drivers. Highly recommend owning a Subaru. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Subaru Impreza currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Subaru

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impreza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker