Subaru has built itself a profitable niche over the past few years as a maker of all-wheel-drive cars with a distinctive character. But as it chases ever greater sales, Subaru balances the demands of a wider audience with the qualities that made its cars desirable in the first place. The 2018 Subaru Impreza does just that, setting the tone for Subaru models to come with a new, stiffer platform, added technology, and more expressive styling.
The 2018 Subaru Impreza keeps the mechanical elements Subaru is known for, specifically all-wheel drive and a BOXER® engine. All-wheel drive gives the Impreza handling and foul-weather capabilities front-wheel drive compacts can only dream of while the engine sits lower in the chassis to improve weight distribution, further improving handling.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder BOXER® engine sports direct injection and other enhancements, helping to boost output to 152 horsepower. The 2018 Impreza is available with a CVT automatic transmission like the ones used in most other Subaru models and offers an impressive 38/28 hwy/city mpg.*
Helping to make the most of its powertrain, the redesigned Impreza rides on the new Subaru Global Platform, which will eventually underpin nearly every Subaru model. The new unibody platform is 70% stiffer than previous years and allows for a lower center of gravity according to Subaru. A revised suspension also reduces body roll by 50%.
The 2018 Subaru Impreza is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback in four trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport, and 2.0i Limited. The base 2.0i Sedan starts at $18,495.**
Even the base Impreza 2.0i represents a strong value with standard features like a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, power windows and door locks, 60/40-split folding rear seat, multifunction display, tilt and telescoping steering column, and other features.
The 2.0i Premium includes those standard features and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, heated windshield, heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlights, and standard roof rails on the hatchback model. Optional features on the Premium include a power moonroof and various driver aids.
Stepping up to the 2.0i Sport adds sportier suspension tuning; torque vectoring all-wheel drive; 18-inch alloy wheels; LED daytime running lights; a rear spoiler on the sedan; upgraded interior trim with red contrast stitching; 8.0-inch touchscreen display; push-button start; aluminum pedals; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and shifter boot.
The top Impreza trim level is the 2.0i Limited, which includes standard features like steering-responsive LED headlights, model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, leather interior, six-way power driver’s seat, and automatic climate control. An optional harman/kardon® premium audio system is available on both the Sport and Limited models, while a navigation system is available only on the Limited.
The 2018 Subaru Impreza advertises its redesigned platform with sleeker exterior styling. The Impreza incorporates Subaru’s latest design language, with features a hexagonal grille and “hawk-eye” headlights. The body sides are also more sculpted, with more prominent wheel arches and curvier lines. All Impreza models ride 0.4 inches lower than before, helping lower the coefficient of drag, Subaru says.
Both the sedan and hatchback ride on a 105.1-inch wheelbase, up 1.0 inches from the previous generation. They are 1.6 inches longer than the previous-generation models and 1.5 inches wider. Those increases yield a roomier cabin, and Subaru says the new model retains the previous generation’s excellent outward visibility.
The 2018 Impreza also boasts a greater array of technology features. All versions come with a central touchscreen display and Subaru’s Starlink® infotainment system as well as Bluetooth®, iPod connectivity, Near Field Communication, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Subaru Impreza includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, a rearview camera, and a full array of airbags. Optional features include the Subaru EyeSight® system that bundles adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist. Certain versions add blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. Reverse pre-collision braking and an upgraded tire pressure monitoring system are available as well.
The 2018 Subaru Impreza is a genuine improvement over its predecessor and maintains its unmistakable Subaru character.
*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.
**EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
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