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2018 Subaru Impreza Review

The 2018 Subaru Impreza boasts excellent safety scores and lots of space in both rows of seats. Yet its subpar predicted reliability rating and sluggish acceleration contribute to its place near the bottom of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • Good crash test scores
  • Underpowered engine
  • Middling cabin quality
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Subaru Impreza Overview

Is the 2018 Subaru Impreza a Good Used Car?

Although it doesn't do well in our rankings, the 2018 Subaru Impreza is a decent used car. In the competitive compact car class, however, "decent" isn't enough to stand out from the crowd.

The 2018 Impreza has a solid list of strengths:

  • Standard with all-wheel drive
  • Impressive fuel efficiency
  • Plenty of passenger space
  • Some of the best safety scores in the class

It also has some weaknesses:

  • Slow to accelerate
  • Some hard plastics throughout the cabin
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 25 Subaru Impreza reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Subaru Impreza?

Based on listings for the 2018 Subaru Impreza on our site, the average list price is $21,000, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $17,300 to $25,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Subaru Impreza Cost to Own?

The 2018 Impreza’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $22,510, or $4,502 per year. That’s above average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Impreza?

Stick with the 2018 Impreza over the 2019 Impreza, which starts at $18,595. The 2019 model has no major changes, and you’ll likely spend more for it.

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2017 marked the beginning of the Impreza's current generation. Because there were no major changes for 2018, you'll likely spend less on a 2017 Impreza while getting a vehicle that's nearly identical to the newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Subaru Impreza?

The 2018 Subaru Impreza has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Subaru Impreza Recalls

At the time of writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2018 Subaru Impreza.

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Which Used Subaru Impreza Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Subaru Impreza comes in two body styles (sedan and hatchback) and four trims (2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport, and 2.0i Limited). The base trim comes with a solid list of features, including a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Notable features in the higher trims include heated front seats in the 2.0i Premium trim, a larger touch screen in the Sport trim, and leather upholstery in the Limited trim.

  • Subaru Impreza 2.0i: The base 2.0i trim comes with a 2.0-liter engine, a five-speed manual transmission, a rearview camera, and a Starlink infotainment system with four speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 6.5-inch touch screen.
  • Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium: The 2.0i Premium trim adds a continuously variable automatic transmission, a six-speaker audio system, and heated front seats.
  • Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport: The 2.0i Sport trim comes with push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touch screen, dual USB ports, navigation, satellite radio, and HD Radio.
  • Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited: The 2.0i Limited trim adds leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and automatic climate control.

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Impreza?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Impreza a Top Safety Pick+ designation and the highest rating of Good in all crash safety tests performed. Ratings for the forward visibility of the Impreza's headlights ranged from Good to Marginal, depending on trim. Properly equipped Imprezas earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Impreza an overall rating of five stars out of five, with five stars in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • reverse automatic braking
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Subaru Impreza Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Subaru Impreza or 2018 Honda Civic?

The 2018 Honda Civic is a superior vehicle to the Impreza on most fronts. It delivers a more enjoyable – though comfortable – ride, with sporty handling and a more potent group of engines. Additionally, it's more fuel-efficient and features nicer interior materials. Besides sedan and hatchback body styles, the Civic also has a coupe body style that is unavailable in the Impreza. Despite the Subaru's more user-friendly infotainment system and standard all-wheel drive (not available in the Civic), the Honda is the winner here.

Which Is Better: 2018 Subaru Impreza or 2018 Mazda3?

The 2018 Mazda3 delivers one of the most engaging rides in the compact car class. It has quick acceleration and tackles sharp turns with ease. This Mazda also has higher-quality cabin materials and a lower average list price than the Subaru. Unless you’re set on the Impreza's all-wheel drive, the Mazda3 is your better bet.

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2018 Impreza Performance

How Does the 2018 Impreza Drive?

The Impreza delivers a smooth, composed ride with excellent road grip thanks to standard all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, it's held back by its underpowered engine. Whether paired with the standard manual transmission or the available continuously variable automatic, it has lethargic acceleration, especially at high speeds.

  • Base engine: 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard five-speed manual; available continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Subaru Impreza Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Impreza has great fuel efficiency for the class, especially for an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

  • up to 28/38 mpg city/highway

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2018 Subaru Impreza Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Impreza Seat?

The 2018 Impreza seats up to five people in two rows. Both the front and rear seats can comfortably accommodate adults, a rarity in a compact car. The seats are supportive, even on longer drives.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • power-adjustable driver's seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Impreza?

The 2018 Impreza has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The middle seat also has the ability to borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats when they are not in use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Impreza's LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use.

2018 Subaru Impreza Features

The Impreza's intuitive infotainment system is easy to use and features responsive touch and physical controls.

  • Standard infotainment features: a Starlink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: dual USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation
  • Other available features: automatic climate control

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2018 Subaru Impreza Dimensions

Subaru Impreza Cargo Space

The Impreza sedan has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly below average for a compact sedan. Hatchback models provide much more room: almost 21 cubic feet with the rear seats up and about 55 cubic feet with them down. These are some of the highest figures in the class. A large cargo opening and standard split-folding rear seats create flexibility when it comes to loading cargo in the Impreza. However, keep in mind that the folded seats aren't level with the cargo floor.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Subaru Impreza Length and Weight
  • Length: about 14 feet, 6 inches to 15 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,974 to 3,135 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Subaru Impreza Built?

Subaru built the Impreza in Indiana.


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