2016 Subaru Impreza

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$18,295

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

28

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

180.5” x 57.7”

Dimensions

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Excellent AWD value
  • First-rate multimedia system
  • Driving visibility
  • Ride quality, handling
  • Fuel efficiency with CVT

The bad:

  • Noise in cabin
  • Modestly sized sedan trunk
  • Stale interior design

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • New emergency communication services available
  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
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2016 Subaru Impreza review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Subaru Impreza?

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is a five-seat compact car that competes with the Honda Civic, Ford FocusToyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze and Mazda3. Trim levels include 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport Premium, 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Sport Limited. The 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited models are available only in the hatchback body style; all other trims are available as either a sedan or hatchback. Every 2016 Subaru Impreza comes equipped with all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2016 Subaru Impreza?

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is mostly unchanged from the previous model year but is now available with security technology such as remote locking and unlocking, automatic collision notification and a stolen vehicle recovery service.

How Does the 2016 Subaru Impreza Compare to Other Small Cars?

The base 2016 Impreza 2.0i sedan is surprisingly feature-rich, coming with a versatile multimedia system, cruise control, power accessories and a backup camera. The only vehicle in its class that clearly outdoes its feature-to-price ratio is the Toyota Corolla LE.

While the 2016 Impreza offers decent ride quality, it's overshadowed by that of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta, as well as the segment's standout in this regard, the Chevrolet Cruze. That said, AWD further differentiates the Impreza from its competitors.

What Features in the 2016 Subaru Impreza Are Most Important?

The 2016 Subaru Impreza comes equipped with a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available. Significant standard features include a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and air conditioning. As is required in all new cars, the 2016 Subaru Impreza features antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features include leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, the EyeSight collision-avoidance system, keyless access with push-button start, a navigation system and a power moonroof.

Should I Buy the 2016 Subaru Impreza?

Ride quality and handling are the obvious standouts of the 2016 Subaru Impreza, especially given the standard AWD system, but its multimedia system is also top-notch. It doesn't have the quietest ride, its interior isn't the most stylish, and sedan models are lacking in cargo space, but CVT-equipped models of either body style offer a notable increase in fuel economy. In terms of capability, driving dynamics and features, the 2016 Impreza is a winner, even if its styling is a bit plain.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I adore this car.

I can highly recommend this car. I bought it because I felt AWD was essential for me in the winters, but mostly because I wanted a wagon or hatchback with a manual transmission and AWD. Turns out the options are limited but I found a decent used 2016 Sport Limited at the second dealership I stopped at, and took it for a test drive on the spot. I have been more than satisfied. In my opinion the handling is amazing, it handles like a go cart in corners, i can throw it into corners at much higher speeds than I ever expected. It never hiccups. I have barely ever been able to even get the thing to the edge of the traction, when it does start to break loose it is very neutral, with a slight tendency to oversteer, never a hint of losing control. I have never had the brakes overheat or fade, even on 20 miles blasts down winding country roads at 70-90mph. It really amazes me. I never guessed the steering was electric either. The shift is nice and feels solid, but easy to use, I have never missed a gear yet. I r the sound of the boxer engine to, nice and throaty. Lots of room inside, seats are comfy and you can adjust drivers ride height. It has a timing chain instead of a belt, so no worries about that. The only complaints I have are that it lacks power and it needs a 6th gear. You can reach high enough speeds, and maintain them, but if you let it slow down, it really lacks the power to get it back up again. It is fine at low speeds, quite peppy, but for passing on highways it can be very difficult to find safe spaces to pass, and you have to downshift on hills. It also is geared quite low, so at 80mph the tach is sitting above 3,000rpm, which made me uncomfortable until I got used to it, and doesn't help fuel economy at all. It also struggles to get over about 110mph, although as always, it tracks straight and smooth and feels perfectly safe and comfortable at triple digits, even in the hill country (around here even the interstate is not straight). Except the engine up to about 4500 or 5000 rpm at those speeds. At a mere 80 it just eats it up without a murmur. The road noise is also quite loud and it seems harsh on bumps compared to some cars, though that seems to be mostly c in the 17inch wheels and relatively low profile tires. The speakers are only decent. The only other thing that comes to mind is the engine temp light that comes on to warn you that the engine is not up to operating temp yet(I guess they understand that most Subarus are bought for winter drivers). It is a bright blue light the exact same color as a high beam indicator light, which is very distracting when you start out driving at night, because you constantly think your high beams are on. I am very tempted to mask it off entirely. Oh and it has hill start assist which is nice and works pretty well, but you can disable it with only minor annoyance (if you don't mind an orange warning light being on permanently). I shut mine off because I was more used to not having one, and the first couple times I stopped at a light and took my foot off the brake thinking I was on level ground, only to have the car start rolling slowly after the hill stop disengaged after 2 seconds turned me off on it. I would rather know instantly if my car is going to roll, before I get distracted changing the song.

5.0

very reliable

great car especially in the winter . All wheel drive is a must here in Buffalo. This car is the best overall. Would hughly recommend

4.0

Best wagon out there for any budget

After SURVIVING a few Midwest winters in my '05 Crossfire, I decided it was time to get serious and look for a practical option. I knew right away that I wanted a Subie after researching various AWD systems(and idolizing Colin McRae). I'll be honest, my first choice would have been a fourth or fifth generation Legacy but I couldn't find one anywhere. After playing around with Subaru's "build your own" car link on their website, I found the Impreza Sport wagon package which had pretty much everything I wanted. Let me tell you, after 4 years with this thing, and multiple road trips to various parts of the US and Canada, I know I made the right decision. Besides regular maintenance, I haven't had to do anything and have had no issues! Subaru also made this car super easy for the DIY'er to work on. With a Fumoto drain plug installed, oil changes take me about 10 minutes or less because the oil filter is right on top of the block. How about that? Everything else you need to access for maintenance is easy. No need to be a contortionist. Besides this, I have to admit I have added quite a few modifications with more to come like a full XV suspension conversion for increased ride height. I have also done what I can to squeeze more power out of the little 2.0 NA FB20 boxer. Fuel economy is great especially with the CVT, but you definitely can't play Speed Racer on the highway. As for interior, it's your typical black and plastic but that's whatever to me. The "touch sensitive" head unit...isn't, and the Pandora app is cool...when you can get it to work. With that said, fold down the rear seats and the amount cargo space you get with the wagon make going to the drive in or car camping a breeze! I am also pretty fond of the heated cloth seats which I found purely by accident one day after my salesman neglected to point them out initially. Overall, not much more to say about the Impreza. It's a reliable ride. Trust that you can get into this car in the middle of a blizzard, and you'll be able to safely get to where you want to go. What else can you ask for?

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Safety

Based on the 2016 Subaru Impreza base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
9.9%
Rollover rating
5
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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