2014 Subaru ImprezaBuying Guide • Review • Research
The Top 10 Reasons Why You May want to Buy a 2014 Subaru Impreza:
The 2014 Subaru Impreza is a very appealing automobile, and not just because it looks good. Not only is it one of the safest cars on the market, but the superior handling and braking that contribute to its safety also make it immensely fun to drive. In other respects, the Impreza is the whole package – from its excellent fuel economy to its well-designed interior, it attracts all sorts of owners. Like any vehicle, the 2014 Subaru Impreza does have some minor drawbacks, but first we’ll look at the top ten reasons to own one. [ For the 2015 model see - Subaru Impreza Pros and Cons ]
Reasons to Buy a 2014 Subaru Impreza - the Pros
1) Handling Performance
Subaru excels at engineering vehicles with superior handling performance, and that fact is clear in the 2014 Subaru Impreza. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is standard on all Impreza models, and works by distributing power equally to all four wheels for consistently improved traction. It works with Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and 4-wheel antilock braking systems to keep the car firmly planted to the pavement at all times. The Impreza’s excellent traction becomes even more apparent when it’s off-road, and it can easily handle almost any surface it encounters.
2) All-Weather Appeal
The Impreza’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is exceptionally appealing to owners who regularly encounter adverse road conditions due to inclement weather. The balanced distribution of power to all of the vehicle’s wheels is ideal for maintaining traction in rain, snow, and even ice. Combined with Subaru’s available All-Weather Package equips the Impreza with a windshield wiper de-icer, heated seats, and heated side mirrors to improve the vehicle’s comfort and safety in even the coldest climates.
While the 2014 Subaru Impreza’s brilliant handling and all-weather performance work to dramatically reduce the risk of an accident, its outstanding safety features help to mitigate potential hazards posed to its occupants. Its advanced protection system utilizes a uniquely-engineered frame to distribute energy on impact, as well as a smart deployment system for the Impreza’s seven airbags to help prevent serious injury in any type of collision.
The engineers of the 2014 Impreza have created a comfortable and contemporary interior with a control layout that feels remarkably intuitive to operate. The front seats offer optimal visibility, and both front and back seats are comfortable, supportive, and perfect for long trips. In addition, the materials used throughout the dash and trim complement each other to produce an overall look that’s smooth, simple, and modern.
5) Flexible Options
The 2014 Subaru Impreza is available as either a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. Both models offer all of the same engine and available options, and the choice is ultimately a matter of the owner’s needs and preferences. The fuel economy of both models is remarkably similar, and their functional difference lies in their cargo capacity. The hatchback has a significantly increased cargo capacity, which can also be increased in either model by employing the Impreza’s 60/40-split fold-down rear seats and integrated, functional roof rails.
6) Exterior Design
The Impreza has always had its own unique look, and Subaru has upgraded the exterior styling to keep up with changing trends in auto design. The contours have rounded out to look a bit more like competing sedans, but the Impreza’s slightly aggressive stance looks ready to tackle anything. The curve of the hatchback is smooth and flowing, complementing the Impreza’s lines for an assertive look that puts other wagons to shame.
7) Environmentally Friendly
All versions of the 2014 Subaru Impreza are powered by a 2.0L, 4 cylinder Subaru Boxer engine, which earns excellent fuel efficiency ratings that are improved with the available Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Paired with the CVT, the Impreza earns efficiency ratings of up to 27 city / 36 highway mpg. In addition, they are also all Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV), which means that their fuel systems have zero evaporative emissions.
Bluetooth is integrated into all of the 2014 Impreza trims using BlueConnect, which connects compatible mobile devices to the car’s built-in systems. This allows the device to operate using in-car controls and voice commands. BlueConnect can even connect with a phone’s navigation system, as well as with TomTom Navigation systems. In addition, Subaru offers a wide range of available technologies to those looking to enhance the functionality of their Impreza's audio, navigation, and entertainment systems.
9) Available Options
The wide variety of available options allow owners to customize a new Impreza to their specific desires. Available features like a power moonroof and leather-trimmed upholstery can add an enhanced air of sophistication to the car, while optional premium audio and entertainment features like a 4.3-inch color LCD Display and HD Radio can help turn long commutes into relaxing, enjoyable experiences. The optional voice-activated GPS navigation system also adds a wealth of functionality, offering not only navigation assistance, but also the Aha Infotainment application and text messaging capabilities.
The variety of trims and options that are available for the 2014 Subaru Impreza help to ensure that a new owner gets the vehicle that he or she wants while staying within their budget. The MSRP for the 2014 Impreza ranges from as low as $17,895 to as high as $37,845, giving owners the ability to find a comfortable level within a range of pricing options.
Some Drawbacks of Buying a Subaru Impreza - the Cons1) Noise
Owners who choose to include the available CVT in their vehicle may find that it’s a bit louder than that found in competition like the 2014 Nissan Sentra. The extra revving sound doesn’t hurt the Impreza’s functionality, and some people enjoy the little bit of extra encouragement that it provides when they press the accelerator.
The 2014 Subaru Impreza’s 148 horsepower is great for getting around the city, but to some drivers it feels slightly sluggish when accelerating onto the highway. Competition like the 2014 Kia Rio offers less overall horsepower, but a bit more response during acceleration.
A consequence of the 2014 Subaru Impreza’s excellent grip on the road is the stiff suspension that’s required to provide such great traction. While some drivers don’t like to feel the roads small imperfections and contours, many others believe that it helps them drive more effectively by allowing them to feel more connected to the road. Competition like the 2014 Chevy Sonic offers a slightly smoother ride.
Overall, the 2014 Subaru Impreza keeps with the company’s standard of providing safe, capable vehicles that handle expertly in almost any condition. Adventurers looking to travel off the beaten path, and anyone living in a region that is subject to long bouts of intense weather and adverse road conditions, will love the Impreza for its ability to take them safely, and comfortable, wherever they want to go.