By Bruce Caldwell
Model Tested: 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Limited 4dr Sedan
Engine: 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder, 148 hp, 145 lb/ft
Transmission: CVT automatic, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive
EPA Ratings: 27-mpg city/36-mpg highway
Base Price: $21,895
Performance: Excellent fuel economy (the automatic beats the manual). Added wet weather confidence of great AWD system. Handy paddle shifters.Good power for engine size and relatively heavy weight. Responsive handling; not WRX great, but very good.
Comfort: Spacious interior, especially for a compact sedan. Ample seat travel accommodates wide range of drivers. Very good headroom even with sunroof. Room for six-foot tall occupants both front and rear. Nice leather quality for this price point.
Utility: Big trunk with flat floor and oversized pass-thru
Flat folding split rear seats
Lots of small item storage bins
WOW Factors: Lots of high quality features at a budget price
Subaru’s world-class AWD is standard
Whines: Conservative styling compared to wild WRX STI models
Bottom Line: The Subaru Impreza is an outstanding value in its many iterations. The modest increase from base to Limited adds a lot of luxury to a very competent, all-weather, spacious, economical sedan.