Let's get real. Some of us are somewhat Ken Block-esque. We just have a thing for four wheels and simply cannot take it slow. Standing out from the rest in a segment populated majorly by front wheel drive cars is the 2018 Subaru Impreza. This new girl in town displays a level of quiet, solitude and a calm. A driving enjoyment only for the chosen few. While you might not be exactly in awe of the 152-hp engine, you will actually get to learn that you actually need more brain than brawn. This beauty's fuel economy is well in the same range as that of its front wheel rivals. Keep in mind that none of the rivals can boast the same traction as the Impreza on snowy ground.
Which features stand out for the 2018 Impreza?
The 2018 Subaru Impreza, which is now available for purchase, has received two minor feature updates and a slight increment in price. New tech on the top two trim levels awakens the headlights when you turn the windshield wipers on. This, built on Subaru’s reputation for safety, is now identified as Eyesight collision avoidance. Apart from that, the only other slight change is the inclusion of an STI short-throw shifter on Sport models which carry a five-speed manual.
How does it feel like behind the 2018 Impreza's wheel?
The 2018 Impreza has actually received a better handling than the previous car. It has a stiffer body and offers a better ride, sharper steering response and a compact feeling not usually present in a car of its size. Rolling up the windows shuts out most of the road noise, and the seats are comfortable enough to take a few hours' drive on. However, the driver's seat could do with a little more lumbar support. There is enough legroom for everyone even with a six-foot driver sitting comfortably in the front.
How are the new Impreza’s trims and prices?
Coming in first is the base 2018 Impreza 2.0i which starts at $18,495, $100 higher than the 2017 model. Standard equipment includes an ApplecarPlay and an Android Auto-enabled 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There is also a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and carpeted floor mats. There is only one engine which pumps out 152 hp. Also standard is an all-wheel-drive driven by either a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
Right next is the Impreza premium which starts at $21,295. This trim offers wheels that are a little bigger, automatic headlights, a heated windshield, heated front seats and side mirrors. Unfortunately, this trim is only available with a CVT.
It is closely followed by the $22,095 Impreza sport. This one features an 8.0-inch infotainment system, keyless access, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and larger wheels. To add onto the sportiness, there is active torque vectoring and a sportier tuning of the suspension.
The top trim is the $24,195 Impreza Limited. It packs some fancy LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a lot of chrome on the outside. In the interior, we have a power driver's seat and an automatic climate control.
Which options are available for the 2018 Impreza?
All trims aside from the base 2.0i can be optioned with Eyesight. This is Subaru’s package of passive safety systems. This package boasts of an adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning. Also available is the blind spot monitoring and so are automatic high beams and steering responsive headlights.
What do we like about the 2018 Impreza?
This car has the looks of a high school prom queen; sleek as it gets. It offers enough legroom for its passengers and has a really quiet cabin. The fuel economy is oh so impressive for an all-wheel, and the interior is packed with quality materials. The safety ratings of this beauty will also leave you amazed.
What don’t we like?
The engine is weak, and the remarkable EyeSight is not available on the base model. There is also the lack of lumbar adjustment and less than enough rear headroom.