2020 Impreza New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Subaru Impreza is as reliable and sensible as cars get. Every Impreza is all-wheel drive, has at least 30-mpg gas mileage, and has an excellent safety record.
For 2020 the Impreza gets safer, with more standard collision-avoidance features, namely automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection (on all but the manual base model), adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.
A 2.0-liter flat-4 engine is standard. With just 152 horsepower, the engine is asked to carry 3,000 pounds of small car. Passing requires planning, but good tuning of the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) fitted to most versions helps the car feel sprightly around town. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on base trims, but's uncommon on dealer lots.
The Impreza has confident handling and a plush ride that's better than some larger cars. The interior is more spacious than many small SUVs and crossovers.
The Impreza Sport has separate chassis tuning including torque vectoring, which helps it feel more secure on a winding road. For 2020 it gets new 18-inch alloy wheels with a machine finish.
As either a sedan or hatchback, the Impreza with the CVT is EPA-rated at 28 mpg city, 36 highway, 31 combined. The Impreza Sport, with bigger wheels, is rated at 27/35/30 mpg. The manual transmission is far less efficient, at 24/31/26 mpg.
The Impreza aces the NHTSA safety tests, with five stars in every category. The IIHS gave the Impreza hatchback top marks in its crash tests, earning a Top Safety Pick+ award in 2019 when equipped with EyeSight and LED projector headlights; the standard halogen lights rated just 'Marginal.'?.
The Impreza comes in base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels.
The base sedan with manual transmission costs a bit less than $20,000, and includes power features, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, USB ports, and cruise control. The hatchback costs $500 more, and the continuously variable automatic transmission adds $1,300. With the CVT, the base model adds automatic emergency braking.
Optional features include leather upholstery, heated seats, Harman/Kardon audio, and a power moonroof.
The Impreza Premium hatchback costs around $23,500, and comes with satellite radio, heated seats, two additional USB ports, upgraded suspension dampers, and a sound-insulated windshield. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are optional.
For $27,200 the Limited hatchback comes with leather-upholstered seats heated in front, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with a brighter display, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts, and more.