2016 Subaru Impreza

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$18,295

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2016 Subaru Impreza
2016 Subaru Impreza

Key specs

Base trim shown

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

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Notable features

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

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 design 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

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

4.1

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?

4.9

Great Mileage and Very Safe!

One of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. It also has bluetooth and back-up camera which was a surprise given the cost was so low.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
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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