The 2019 Subaru Impreza, built on the new Subaru global platform, gets a lot out a modest 2.0-liter boxer engine. It provides the tools to get to the mountains or commute comfortably to work. A suite of adaptive safety features and enough extras to keep buyers happy. Sedan, hatchback and sport models each have their own character, and every one includes standard all-wheel drive. Add the Rockford Fosgate audio upgrade to make the Impreza into an entertaining road trip machine. Of course, there are also those who are going to use this versatile Subaru it as the starting point for something wild.
What is new for the 2019 Subaru Impreza?
Eyesight technology, a forward-looking active safety package introduced in 2012 which helps avoid rear-end collisions and lane departures, is standard on the Limited and available on every trim type. The Limited also gets automatic high beams and Reverse Automatic Braking, which alerts then acts if an obstacle is detected while reversing. The Sport gets a short-throw shifter for the five-speed, and the Premium gets 16-inch black allow wheels, dual USB ports in the back seat area and SiriusXM satellite radio plus a CD player added to the STARLINK multimedia system.
What kinds of active safety features does this Impreza offer?
The Impreza active safety features are similar to those offered on most SUVs, with a few Subaru enhancements. The EyeSight package includes adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and collision avoidance, lane-departure warning and assistance, blind spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking which provides collision avoidance features when backing up. Adding Eyesight also adds a tire pressure monitor and a color LCD to display camera imagery.
What powertrains are offered, and what fuel economy numbers do they have?
Coupled with the 2.0-liter 152-hp engine, the Impreza offers a CVT automatic with a 7-speed manual mode in the Premium and Limited, 5-speed manual in the Sport, and a choice of 5-speed or CVT automatic option in the base 2.0i trim. With standard AWD, the Impreza is rated 24 mpg city, 32 highway on the manual 5-speed and 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway for the CVT automatic. Hatchback and Sport models drop the mpg estimates slightly.
What body styles are offered, and what trim packages? What kinds of features and options do they offer?
There are four trims and two body styles. The Impreza comes in a 4-door Sedan or a 5-door Hatchback. Trims are the 2.0i and variations Premium, Sport and Limited. The 2.0i starts with a 6.5-inch STARLINK audio package which goes from four to six speakers in the Premium trim, and to an 8-inch display in the Sport and Limited. Upper trim packages add satellite radio and CD. Premium offers a power moonroof option and an All Weather Package which heats the seats, mirrors, and wipers. A Harman Kardon audio system is an option on the limited, but buyers can add a Rockford Fosgate amp and speakers to the base model as well.
What is the Subaru global platform on which this 2019 Impreza model is based?
The Subaru global platform provides a more rigid platform to enhance passenger comfort, provide better handling and offer greater safety in the event of a collision. It's the foundation for new Subaru vehicles created during the next decade.
How is the sound system? What audio options are offered?
The base STARLINK audio can be enhanced even at the base 2.0i level with an affordable Rockford Fosgate amp and speaker upgrade offered for around $500. Upper trim packages add satellite radio and CD, and the Limited package offers an optional Harman Kardon upgrade.
What kind of interior space and comfort does the 2019 Subaru Impreza have?
For a compact car, the Impreza provides a roomy interior for front and rear occupants, even when front passengers stretch out. The seats are comfortable and firm, and sound levels in the new Subaru design are much quieter than in previous models.
How's the bad-weather performance?
This is where the Subaru Impreza shines. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive makes daily driving solid and excels at handling rain and snow. This is one area where the Impreza definitely noses ahead of similar models, providing a good all-weather commuting car in challenging climates.