Consumer Reviews Summary
42 of 50 (84%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Subaru Impreza Overview
Subaru reworked the compact Impreza for 2012, giving it new styling inside and out for both the sedan and four-door hatchback. The good times keep rolling in 2013, as the Impreza adds a bunch of standard features including standard Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, and a USB/iPod port. The available navigation system adds a rearview backup camera. Subaru offers a quintet of Impreza models: three sedans (base, Premium, and Limited) and two hatchbacks (Sport Premium and Sport Limited).
Last year the Impreza ushered in a sharper design and hexagonal grille for Subaru’s car models that sets them apart from the crossover lineup. The front has enough character to avoid being dull but doesn’t try too hard to be angular. The roofline of is more stretched out than the previous model with more windshield rake, while the sedan’s slopes down to a short trunk deck in back. Power side view mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels are standard, with heated mirrors, 16- and 17-inch alloy rims available. A power moonroof and fog lights are also optional.
Under the hood, Subaru puts its 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter, flat-four engine with 145 pounds feet of torque and mates it to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to feed power through the all-wheel drive system. The redesigned Impreza got a big fuel economy upgrade over its predecessor, helped by a diet plan that saw the latest generation shed weight and overall size. With the five-speed manual, the Impreza gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The CVT improves those figures to 27/36 mpg city/highway.
Inside, Subaru has improved materials quality over the previous generation and features like a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, remote keyless entry, and split folding back seat come across all trims. Upper trim levels offer leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an upgraded instrument panel, heated seats, and a navigation system now with a backup camera for 2013.
Subaru equips all Impreza models with the same safety features, including the company’s Vehicle Dynamic Control, stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, electronic brake-force distribution and brake override. Manual transmission models include hill start assist. Seven airbags, including front, front side-impact, side curtains and a driver’s knee airbag help shield occupants. The Impreza is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick award winner.
We are big fans of the 2013 Subaru Impreza, which offers plenty of standard features, good fuel economy, and a modern look into a tidy all-wheel-drive package.