2016 Subaru Impreza

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Subaru Impreza. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2016 Subaru Impreza exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Subaru Impreza

  • New emergency communication services available
  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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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2016 Subaru Impreza Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is mostly unchanged from last year. It's available in sedan and four-door hatchback body style... Read More

Latest 2016 Impreza Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

If you buy anything else under $20K you're wrong!

by Stoops989 from Colorado Springs, CO on June 29, 2018

I cannot say enough about how wonderful this car is. It is not fast, but it is quick and a huge thrill to drive. I have heard that some of the CVT's are not so fun but I went with the 5-speed manual ... Read full review

(5.0)

Comfortable and Reliable

by Zdubby21 from Cheney on June 15, 2018

This car had everything I needed from all wheel drive with paddle shifters to multiple cup holders which you take for granted. The ride is smooth and the handling is solid. Best car I've owned! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Subaru Impreza currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Booster

(second row)

B

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.
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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