2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
There are only two changes happening for the Impreza for 2021, one minor and one major. The minor change involves the rear spoiler on hatchback models, which now has black end pieces. As for the major one, the Premium trim level now includes the SI-Drive engine management that was previously reserved for the top two trims. Activated with a switch on the steering wheel, this system controls powertrain characteristics.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The entry-level Impreza model is equipped with smartphone integration, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a single USB port. The sound system has four-speakers. A rearview camera is standard, along with a manual transmission.
Moving on to the Premium model, the 2021 Impreza gains a Wi-Fi hotspot and goes up to six speakers for the audio system. Both satellite radio and a second USB port are added as well. Si-Drive, heated front seats, and fog lights help to make the Premium a tempting option.
The Sport trim has a unique look, giving drivers aluminum-alloy pedal covers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and red contrast stitching on the upholstery. An 8-inch touchscreen is found inside of the cabin, along with HD radio and two USB ports for the back. Sport sedan models come standard with EyeSight, the bundle of advanced driver aids.
For the 2021 Impreza Limited, Subaru adds automatic high beams and automatic climate control to make life easier. The upholstery is leather-trimmed here. Safety-enhancing features include reverse automatic emergency braking and adaptive headlights.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The majority of drivers will be best served with the Premium trim. While the base model feels a bit bare, this next option up adds a nice amount of luxury for the price. Now that the engine management system comes standard, it is an even better choice than before.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Coming standard for the 2021 Impreza is a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Those who want an 8-inch one instead will need to look at the Sport of Limited trim levels. Smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard for all trim levels and both sedan and hatchback body styles.
One USB port is standard, but higher trims add at least one more. While satellite radio shows up on the Premium trim, those who want HD radio need to go up to at least the Sport model. Sound systems with either six or eight speakers are also available.
How Does It Perform?
Despite the differences in features, all 2021 models of the Impreza have the same engine. The 2.0L four-cylinder can make 152-horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the trim, buyers will get to choose between a five-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission.
It is not surprising based on the output of this engine that the Impreza fails to impress when it comes to acceleration. This is somewhat made up for by its agility and handling, however. Plus, the Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The 2021 Impreza performed very well in testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Five stars were awarded overall. The vehicle also received five stars for frontal and side collision testing, as well as rollover testing.
All that said, only a rearview camera comes standard on the Impreza. In order to get the EyeSight bundle of driver aids, buyers will need to get a model with the CVT. It is worth it, however, for anyone wanting features like forward-collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control.
The reliability prediction from J.D. Power is a bit dismal. In 2021, the Impreza has been given a score of two out of five. This is the lowest possible score.
What's the Interior Like?
In both sedan and hatchback format, the Impreza seats up to five. That said, three adults would not want to spend too much time in the backseat of either body style. Still, the seats are supportive and a variety of comfort-enhancers are available, such as heated front seats.
Whether or not the cargo capacity is impressive depends on the body style. The hatchback models have 20.8 cubic feet behind the back row and a maximum cargo capacity of 55.3 cubic feet. As for the sedan, it has only 12.3 cubic feet in its trunk, which is small even for the compact car class.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Many who are after a sporty compact car will also like the Mazda3. It, too, can be had in both sedan and hatchback form. While it does not come standard with all-wheel drive, this is an option on select trims. There is also the Kia Forte to consider. It does not have all-wheel drive available, but it does offer a lot of features for the price and performance that is more than respectable.
Note: All Subaru Impreza lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.