2014 Subaru Impreza Review

March 14, 2014
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The Impreza is an all-wheel drive. If you live in a place where weather is often unpleasant, it’s a good idea to consider owning an Impreza. For 2014, Subaru is offering smartphone integration feature for the sedan/hatchback. Learn more about the new Impreza below.

NEW FOR THE 2014 IMPREZA

  • standard rearview camera on the Impreza Limited
  • available smartphone integration

UNDER THE HOOD

The all-wheel-drive 2014 Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. All Imprezas except the Limited models have a five-speed manual transmission. The Limited models have a CVT, which is also optional on other models, and a different all-wheel drive system which distributes more power to the front wheels.

The 2014 Subaru Impreza received the following fuel economy estimates from the EPA:

City

Highway

Combined

Impreza 2.0L 4 cyl, AWD, manual

25 mpg

34 mpg

28 mpg

Impreza Sport 2.0L 4 cyl, AWD, manual

25 mpg

33 mpg

28 mpg

Impreza 2.0L 4 cyl, AWD, CVT

27 mpg

36 mpg

30 mpg

ON THE ROAD

With the four-cylinder engine, the Impreza accelerates adequately around town. It is, however, slow on highways, making some reviewers consider it as one of the slowest vehicles in both the sedan and the hatchback segments.

The CVT isn’t helpful. It tends to speed up the Impreza unnecessarily and augment the engine noise in the cabin. For a quieter, stick with the five-speed manual transmission. But it isn’t silky smooth in heavy traffic.

On a positive note, the Impreza delivers precise steering, reliable braking and secure handling. The ride is also smooth even if it is driven on imperfect roads.

INSIDE THE 2014 IMPREZA

The interior design of the new Impreza may not impress buyers looking for a pleasant cabin. It looks neat and conservative rather than modern and stylish.

The seats, though, are comfortable. The front seats are generous in legroom and headroom. The rear seat is likewise roomy. In fact, the Impreza is one of the vehicles in the segment that offers cabin space most generously. In addition, the trunk measures 12 cubic feet in the sedan and 22.5 cubic feet in the hatchback. With the rear seat folded down, the trunk opens up a total of 52.4 cubic feet of space.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or as a hatchback. The Impreza sedan has three models: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. The hatchback can be 2.0i Sport Premium style or 2.0i Sport Limited style. Here are the standard features on each trim level:

IMPREZA 2.0i

  • manually adjustable front seats (6-way driver, 4-way passenger)
  • flat-folding rear seatback
  • cloth upholstery
  • steering-wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls
  • 4-speaker audio system with CD player, auxiliary jack, USB port, Bluetooth audio straming and iPod connectivity
  • keyless entry
  • brake assist
  • 15-inch steel wheels

IMPREZA 2.0i PREMIUM

  • electronic cruise control
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

IMPREZA 2.0i LIMITED

  • fog lights
  • heated side mirrors and wipers
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • leather upholstery
  • automatic headlights
  • rearview camera
  • upgraded audio system with HD radio and 4.3-inch LCD display
  • automatic climate control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

IMPREZA 2.0i SPORT PREMIUM

  • fog lights
  • heated side mirrors and wipers
  • cloth upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 17-inch wheels with gray finish

IMPREZA 2.0i SPORT LIMITED

  • leather upholstery
  • automatic headlights
  • rearview camera
  • 6-speaker audio system with HD radio and 4.3-inch LCD display
  • Automatic climate control

Optional features include power sunroof and navigation system (with 6.1-inch touchscreen, Subaru STARLINK system, text messaging capability, satellite radio, and voice-activated GPS).

Photo credit: subaru.com

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