The new 2016 Subaru Impreza brings better performance and features. Impreza nameplate has gotten its recognition in motorsports, rather than on the streets. Just by looking at the names of the drivers which used to thrash it across the rally tracks, one would find out why.
Apart from WRC winners (with Impreza): Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg, other notable drivers include Carlos Sainz and, briefly, Ari Vatanen. Quite a successful bunch, wouldn’t you agree. However, 2016 Subaru Impreza is a compact family car and is far away from the glory years.
2016 Subaru Impreza Engine & Specs
All of Impraza’s are moved around by brand’s very own Boxer engine. 2.0L flat 4-cylinder puts up 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, but that’s not what Impreza boasts with. It offers superb handling thanks to its moderate strength, and it is still the only car in its niche with standard all-wheel drive. At last, most of the models are offered with Lineatropic CVT transmission even though 5-speed manual gearbox passes as the base option. Needless to say, Japanese automaker still offers WRC edition of the car, but that’s entirely different story.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Finally refreshed for this year, 2016 Subaru Impreza will be basically carried over. You can still choose between sedan and hatchback versions with the fact that latter ones are branded as Sport models. Differences between them are minimal. In fact, apart from the natural rear end discrepancies, they don’t differ at all. These are rather handsome cars for their compact and simple nature, and offer everything that small family might need.
Interior offers something one would expect; basic materials and plenty of plastics. Still, two-tone color layout breaks the monotony, and there are a few metallic accents as well. 2.0i and 2.0i Premium sedans offer tricot upholstery, while top sedan 2.0i Limited comes with leather seats. Hatchbacks are slightly different. 2.0i Sport Premium grade comes with cloth seats, while 2.0i Sport Limited adds leather seats, just like in sedan. Heated front seats are a part of all weather package which is standard on all but entry-level models.
6.2-inch high-resolution touch screen display sits even upon the dashboard of base model. However, Limited trim and Premium hatchback add 7-inch touch screen with premium audio, while navigation remains optional. For such a small family car, 2016 Subaru Impreza is fitted with plenty of safety features. Apart from mandatory options which include driver’s knee airbag among them, Impreza comes with standard rearview camera and optional adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and pre-collision braking system.
2016 Subaru Impreza Price and MPG
Even though CVT transmission is rarely fun, it has its strong points, and fuel efficiency is the most important of these. CVT Impreza’s are rated at 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, while 5-speed manual unit lowers the figures by no less than 3 points in both categories. Prices start from $18,000 for entry-level sedan, and end up at $22,000 for top sedan and at $1,000 more for top-tier hatchback.
2016 Subaru Impreza is still a fine car which stays out of the ordinary patterns with its mandatory all-wheel drive configuration. For a compact car, it has made some, rather bold choices which make it what it is.