Subaru Impreza is among the top 10 compact cars for 2021. Which means you will; save majorly on fuel, enjoy a standard drive feature, and have wonderful leg space for you and your passengers.

Five Subaru Impreza Generations

Subaru has manufactured 5 generations since 1992. Cars are in either of three offerings: 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, or 5-door wagon (later developed to hatchback).

  • The 1st Generation (1992 – 2000) uses the boxer engine, series EJ. Its lowest and highest displacement power is 1.5L and 2.5L (165 horsepower), respectively. Speed transmission is manual with 5 gears, or automatic in 4-speed.
  • The 2nd generation (2000-2007) has engines with a minimum cc of 1.5 liters (EJ15) to a maximum of 2.5cc (EJ25). A game changer is the turbocharger in the 2.0L and 2.5L engines that make them have a transmission of up to 6 gears.
  • The 3rd (2007-2014) introduces the 2.0L (EE20) diesel engine. Gasoline engines remain at 1.5L (107hp) to 2.5L (170 hp). Turbocharged 2.5L engines, however, reach 224 hp.
  • The 4th (2014-2016). Engine series remain nearly the same as the 3rd generation, but begin with a displacement of 1.6L. Speed transmission is manual and in 5-speed. Introductions of a continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) allow cars to engage a 6th gear – more output without increasing engine power.
  • The 5th Generation (2017-Present) is powered by the FB series engine with a minimum of 1.6L (FB16) and a maximum of FB20 or 2.0L (152hp). Speed transmission is manual in 5 gears that include CVT.

Acceleration and Performance

Subaru’s Impreza average performing 16-valve engine of 2.0cc gives about 152 hp. But the CVT aspect ruins the fun when it comes to acceleration. So you will at times feel the gas pedal touch the floor, yet no engine power is manifested in speed.

Remember this is because the CVT allows the engine to run constantly, whether in traffic or on a clear highway. It makes an independent decision between economy and power, thus making it hard for the car to obey real time instructions as you wish.

Superior AWD system

One huge selling point for the Subaru Impreza is the superior AWD – here, Subaru is way ahead of the its competition.  With a full-time AWD, some power gets transmitted to all four wheels, all the time.  Some models boost both all-wheel drive (AWD) and front-wheel drive (FWD).

You see, AWDs are fuel guzzlers. But with an efficient AWD compared to competition, Subaru Impreza has an excellent fuel economy.

Superb Fuel Economy

Subaru Impreza has an estimate mileage of 35 kilometers per liter (kpl) while driving within a city. On the highway, it clocks 48 kpl.  The CVT-fitted cars have the best mileage — 45 to 60 kpl city/highway.

Spacious 5-seater 

Current designs of the Impreza are the 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback in editions: Sport, Base, Premium and Limited. They have varying prices based on extra accessories like sport wheels.

A maximum of five people accompanied by some luggage will comfortably drive in this Subaru. There is enough room for tall individuals in the cockpit while still accommodating others in the back.

Complementing its finish is a beautiful cabin, soft-polished surfaces, and electrics bound with plastic.

Safety features

One of the car’s safety net is greater stability. The AWD system distributes power to all four wheels making your car less likely to spin.

Also, a rearview camera acts as your third eye if need be. Other safety standards include a forward collision warning, blind spot monitor, and adaptive controls like automatic climate.


  • Full-time AWD.
  • Great fuel economy.
  • Effective brake system complemented by a responsive steering set up that helps to cut corners easily.
  • Pocket friendly and easy to maintain.


  • Low acceleration power in CVT-equipped engines.
  • Rearview camera with no warning sound when closing in on objects.
  • Head gasket issues.

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