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2013 Subaru Impreza Review

The 2013 Subaru Impreza has spacious seating plus the rare combination of standard all-wheel drive and good fuel economy. Still, its low reliability rating and high cost of ownership push it toward the bottom third of our rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive 
  • Ample rear legroom
  • Good fuel economy
  • Sluggish acceleration




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.5
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2013 Subaru Impreza Overview

Is the 2013 Subaru Impreza a Good Used Car?

If you want a compact car that provides confidence in harsh weather, the Subaru Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive makes it an excellent choice. That said, many rivals offer more standard and available features, larger cargo holds, and better reliability scores.

Used 2013 Subaru Impreza Performance and Interior

The all-wheel-drive 2013 Subaru Impreza is available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Its 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine produces enough power for commuting around town but feels sluggish while accelerating up to highway speeds or when climbing hills. A lively five-speed manual transmission is standard, and an automatic is available. With the automatic transmission, the Impreza earns some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class: 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg in the city. The Impreza has composed handling and feels confident around corners. Its all-wheel-drive system also provides great road grip on slick roads.

The Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI have turbocharged four-cylinder engines that deliver rapid highway acceleration and produce 265 and 305 horsepower, respectively. WRX models have a five-speed manual transmission, and WRX STI models come with a quick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox.

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Compact cars are known for having small back seats, but the five-seat 2013 Impreza is an exception. Its comfortable seats provide plenty of seating space in both rows, and even tall passengers can stretch out in the back. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor in the rear middle seat. Outward visibility is great from the front seats. The car’s dash has an uncomplicated and clean design with a mix of hard and soft materials. However, cabin materials aren’t as good or attractive as those of competitors. Measuring 12 cubic feet, the trunk is on the small side for a compact sedan. However, hatchback models offer a good amount of cargo space for the class: 22.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 52.4 cubic feet with them folded.

Standard features include Bluetooth and a USB port. Available upgrades include heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, an upgraded audio system, cruise control, a power moonroof, a touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera, and automatic climate control.

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Used 2013 Subaru Impreza Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Subaru Impreza ranges from about $10,200 for a base model with a manual transmission up to nearly $12,500 for the Limited model with an automatic. We do not have average prices for WRX models. The price varies depending on the car’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 40 Subaru Impreza reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Subaru Impreza?

The 2013 Impreza has a below-average reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Most compact cars receive a score of three or better.

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How Safe Is the Impreza?

The 2013 Subaru Impreza sedan has a great safety score for the class and performed well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the Impreza earned a perfect five stars overall. It also earned a five in rollover and side crash evaluations. It received four out of five stars in the frontal crash evaluation.

The 2013 Impreza is available with a rearview camera. No additional active safety features are available.

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Is the 2013 Impreza the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Subaru Impreza is part of a generation that ran from the 2012 through 2016 model years. You can save some money with a 2012 Impreza, which is nearly the same as a 2013 model. For 2013, Bluetooth and a USB port became standard (both were optional features in the 2012 model).

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Which Used Subaru Impreza Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Impreza 2.0i sedan and hatchback have three trims: base, Premium, and Limited. The 2.0i Impreza hatchback also has two additional trims: Sport Premium and Sport Limited. The performance-focused WRX comes in five trims: WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI, and WRX STI Limited (sedan only). 

The base 2.0i model doesn’t come with many notable features besides Bluetooth, a USB port, and all-wheel drive. The 2.0i Premium trim only adds two additional speakers and steering wheel-mounted cruise control. However, it is the lowest trim level available with a moonroof, a 6.1-inch LCD touch-screen navigation system, iPod connectivity, a satellite radio, and a rearview camera. The 2.0i Sport Premium trim includes fog lights, roof rails, and sport fabric upholstery.

The Limited trim, adds comfort and performance-enhancing features like heated front seats, heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and an automatic transmission with six-speed manual mode and steering paddle shifters.

Subaru dealerships also offer certified pre-owned vehicles. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Subaru Impreza and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Subaru Impreza or 2013 Honda Civic?

Like the Impreza, the Honda Civic is available as a sedan or hatchback. It bests the Impreza in most aspects, including having a higher reliability rating, better fuel economy estimates, a nicer cabin, and more standard features (including a rearview camera). The Honda Civic also has sharp steering and composed handling, particularly Civic Si models. The one drawback? The Civic isn’t available with all-wheel drive.

Which Is Better: 2013 Subaru Impreza or 2013 Mazda3?

Both the Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza have four-cylinder base engines that produce 148 horsepower that deliver sluggish acceleration when climbing up to highway speeds. Performance is better with the Mazda3. Its sporty, well-controlled handling makes it a blast to drive, and its ride is comfortable. Inside, however, the Impreza has more room for driver and passengers.

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