2020 Hampton Roads International Auto Show
STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Subaru has made nary a misstep on its seemingly steady march toward mainstream automotive dominance. The Impreza all-wheel-drive sedan and hatchback wagon display a design maturity that's practically guaranteed to win over new fans to the brand while keeping regular customers happy. Both versions were the first to use the more rigid Subaru Global Platform that the company says makes them better riding and handling vehicles that can also more effectively absorb energy from crashes. Their suspensions limit body roll while cornering and the standard 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is relatively easy on fuel. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable unit (CVT) with seven preset ratios is optional. The Impreza's EyeSight suite of active-safety technologies is standard with the CVT-equipped Impreza, although Reverse Automatic Braking (stops the car backing up if people or objects are behind) and Rear Seat Reminder (alerts the driver to check the back seat before exiting the vehicle) are optional.
Base price (incl. destination): $19,700 (sedan)
Type: Compact sedan/hatchback
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter H-4 (152)
Transmission: Five-speed manual; continuously variable (CVT)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 28/36/31(CVT)
Base weight (lb.): 2,970