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2018 Subaru Impreza

$18,495 — $24,695 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
25-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior materials on top trim
  • Ride and handling balance
  • Rear legroom and headroom
  • Multimedia system usability
  • Front and rear visibility

The Bad

  • Cheap interior materials on base and mid-level trims
  • Advanced safety features not available on base model
  • Road noise
  • CVT drone
  • Trunk space
2018 Subaru Impreza exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Subaru Impreza
  • Offered as a sedan or hatchback
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity standard
  • Sport trim level with unique suspension tuning
  • EyeSight suite of active safety features available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The Subaru Impreza is a compact car that has all-wheel drive and is available as either a sedan or hatchback. It features a manual or continuously variable automatic transmission and seats five. Competitors include the Mazda3, Kia Forte and Honda Civic.

New for 2018

Premium and higher trim levels gain automatic headlight activation that's triggered by windshield wiper use.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
118 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

It's perfect all the options and more

by Christine from Liverpool on November 7, 2018

Classy: Lots of Room , Easy to Drive, it has alot of extras that are standard Fantastic.... My first Subaru why did I wait so long...... Read full review

(5.0)

Most fun car I've ever driven

by Sierra9 from Goleta, Ca on October 31, 2018

This car meets all my needs and has a lot of character and spunk. Thoroughly happy with my decision to lease the Subaru Impreza Sport. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Subaru Impreza currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
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
good

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
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger 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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • 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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

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.

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