2021 Subaru Impreza

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.7” x 57.3”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Cabin materials on top trim
  • Ride and handling
  • Rear legroom and headroom
  • Multimedia system usability
  • Visibility

The bad:

  • Cheap interior materials on base and mid-level trims
  • Road noise
  • CVT noise
  • Sedan's trunk space

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact sedan or four-door hatchback
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Sport trim level with unique suspension tuning
  • EyeSight suite of active safety features available

2021 Subaru Impreza review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Subaru Impreza?

The Subaru Impreza is a compact car that seats five, has standard all-wheel drive and is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback. All models use a 152-horsepower, horizontally opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Base and Sport trim levels have a standard five-speed manual transmission; a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. Competitors include the Nissan Sentra, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.

What’s New on the 2021 Subaru Impreza? 

The Premium trim level adds the SI-Drive drive-mode selector.  

What Features in the 2021 Subaru Impreza Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Power windows, locks and side mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
  • 60/40-split, folding backseat

Available features include: 

  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Push-button start
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking

Should I Buy the 2021 Subaru Impreza?

The Impreza isn’t the roomiest, most refined or best performing compact car, but with standard all-wheel drive and an impressive array of available safety features, it deserves consideration — especially if you live in an area where all-wheel traction is a plus.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Most reliable car I’ve owned. My third Impreza!

I always feel very safe with Vermont winters. Always feel I have control even in inclement weather! I love all the standard features and feel safe driving my grandchildren in this car.


Great basic car

This is a perfect car replacing my old Ford Focus, Simple and reliable. Great maneuvering and good gas mileage. Very reasonable price and value compared to similar cars.


Superbaru value

Steering is not as firm as i’d like, but it is good. Ride is good. noise level is good. Visibility is fantastic. Important Controls are handy, obvious and easy to use. Braking is outstanding. Very good value, just not a stunner.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
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
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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