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2018 Subaru ImprezaConvenience (M5) 4dr Sedan

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The Subaru Impreza comes as an all-wheel-drive sedan or hatchback.It was redesigned for 2017, so for 2018 it doesn't get any significant changes.Headlamps come on with the windshield wipers on the top two models.

The redesign made it sleeker and crisper on the outside, more appealing on the inside, a bit more powerful with engines having direct fuel injection, better handling with a revised suspension, and somewhat safer with a body structure having a 40-percent increase in crash-energy absorption, as well as more available active safety systems.The Impreza is built in Indiana.

The standard 2.0-liter flat-four engine makes a slim 152 horsepower.A 5-speed manual gearbox comes standard, while Subaru's outstanding continuously variable transmission is optional on.It's the best CVT in a passenger car that we know of, and what makes it great are the simulated gear changes, seven of them, even without the manual mode.

Rivals to the practical and well-mannered Impreza include sportier compact sedans and hatchbacks, including the Mazda 3, Ford Focus, and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta.The Impreza Sport would compete best against those.Sport models feature lower-profile tires on unique 18-inch alloy wheels, with a suspension tuned to provide a more sporty feel.Standard active torque vectoring produces sharper and tighter steering in corners out on the road, and more security with better grip.

There is a high-performance version of the Impreza, sedan only, the Subaru WRX and even hotter STI.We review those separately.

The best model for fuel mileage is the aerodynamic sedan with the CVT, rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 28 mpg City, 38 Highway, 32 Combined.The hatchback gets a bit less, at 28/37/31 mpg.The Sport model gets one or two mpg less, on account of its wheels and tires.

The 5-speed manual significantly hurts fuel mileage, with 24/32/27 mpg for the sedan and 24/31/26 mpg for the hatchback.

Safety-wise, the Impreza nails it.The NHTSA gives the Impreza a rare five-star rating across the board, and the IIHS gives it top scores in all of its tests, including a new passenger-side small-overlap frontal test.Those scores earn a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS.However, the halogen headlights on base, Premium, and Sport models rate only Marginal compared to the Acceptable and Good scores posted by the two levels of LEDs available on the Limited.The Good headlamps swivel into corners.

Every 2018 Impreza comes standard with a rearview camera, seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control.Impreza Premium, Sport, and Limited models can be optioned with Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety equipment including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking (including in reverse), blind-spot monitors, active lane control, rear cross-traffic alerts.


The 2018 Impreza comes in 2.0i, Sport, Premium, and Limited.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Impreza 2.0i sedan ($18,495) or hatchback ($18,995) comes with a manual gearbox; rearview camera; power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; a 6.5-inch touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback; remote keyless entry; four-speaker audio; and 16-inch steel wheels.CVT is optional ($1,000).

Impreza 2.0i Sport sedan ($22,095) or hatchback ($22,595) has manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels with low-profile performance tires, a retuned suspension, and active torque vectoring.Sport models also get simulated leather upholstery, carbon-fiber and aluminum trim, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and a rear spoiler.CVT is optional.

Impreza 2.0i Premium sedan ($21,295) or hatchback ($21,795) includes the CVT with simulated 7-speed manual-shift mode, plus 16-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio, a cold-weather package; and automatic headlights.Options include a moonroof, EyeSight active-safety features, and a navigation system with mapping from Tom-Tom.

Impreza 2.0i Limited sedan ($24,195) or hatchback ($24,695) has CVT, 17-inch alloy wheels, pushbutton start, automatic climate control, leather-trimmed upholstery, power driver's seat, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and automatic high beams.


The 2017 redesign made the Impreza slightly longer, wider and lower, as well as sleeker and more sculpted.It remains straightforward, sensible and functional.The hexagonal grille is familiar.

The headlamps sweep back, while character lines accent the shapely, flowing sides.Countering the snub-nosed profile of some rivals, the front overhang is relatively long.


Despite the improvements to the interior for 2017, making the cabin less basic and more expressive, the upholstery and trim remain short on style and only average in quality.The dashboard, however, has soft-touch surfaces, and two-tone upholstery in upper trim levels can make the interior seem lighter.A widened console makes it feel more spacious.

Audio and climate controls are simple and intuitive.Instrument clusters and the touchscreen incorporate beveled-edge, rectangular shapes.A hooded auxiliary display sits at the dashboard center, just below the windshield base.Subaru's basic infotainment system is impressive.The display for the standard rearview camera provides steering lines.

The cabin is quiet and the front seats comfortable, with height adjustment on most models.Rear headroom is adequate.Entry and exit to the rear is easy, through door openings that were widened for 2017.Thin pillars help make outward visibility excellent.

Five-door hatchbacks offer greater versatility and considerably more space, with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo volume (55.3 cubic feet with back seats folded).Sedan trunks are smaller than average, totaling only 12.3 cubic feet.

Driving Impression

Among everyday compacts, the Impreza stands out for its balance and handling.That's largely due to the design of the horizontally opposed engine that can be mounted lower and farther back in the chassis than an inline four-cylinder.The suspension changes in 2017 help keep the new Impreza at the top of the handling heap, with 50 percent less body roll than the previous generation.

Active torque vectoring helps make the Sport model the choice for more enthusiastic drivers.Low-profile tires yield a relatively comfortable ride, while enhancing roadholding.

We just wish it had more power.You really have to keep your foot down to pass other cars on the highway.Although many Impreza buyers might not notice.The engine is at least quiet, and is certainly able to keep up a cruising pace.It gets louder as it works harder.

The ride is comfortable and satisfying.

The CVT is just about the best, and with the manual mode on top models, it can be paddle-shifted through seven simulated gears.The all-wheel drive is seamless.It's always there but you never know it, until you hit snow or ice, at which time you praise yourself for being smart in buying a Subaru.


It's hard to find better value than an Impreza hatchback with standard all-wheel drive.The CVT costs a bit more but enhances that value, in fuel mileage if nothing else.If you don't expect a luxurious interior and don't need a lot of speed, you can't go wrong.You get style, superb safety, excellent fuel mileage, great handling, and that enjoyable CVT.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimSimulated carbon fibre
Door trimSimulated carbon fibre
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseMechanical
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).28 cD
Front Head Room1,010 mm
Front Hip Room1,399 mm
Front Leg Room1,095 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,441 mm
Front track1,540 mm
Overall height1,455 mm
Overall Length4,625 mm
Overall Width1,775 mm
Rear Head Room944 mm
Rear Hip Room1,401 mm
Rear Leg Room926 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,411 mm
Rear track1,545 mm
Wheelbase2,670 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio3.70
Axle ratio4.11
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Compression Ratio12.50 : 1
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power152 hp
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque197 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsPZEV
Exterior Features
Fuel Consumption
City10.0 L/100 km
Combined8.9L/100 km
Highway7.5 L/100 km
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA5
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront and rear
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingV
Width205 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds5
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.5"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place348 L
Curb weight1,349 kg
EPA interior volume2,826 L
Fuel Capacity50 L
Gross vehicle weight1,950 kg
Ground clearance130 mm
Max cargo capacity348 L
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

Subaru CA Alternate Cash Credit
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Alternate Cash Credit
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Standard Finance Rates
All Cars
6.74% 6.74% 6.74% 6.74% 7.14% 7.49% Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Finance Rates
0.5% 0.5% 0.99% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.5% 0.99% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.5% 0.99% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.5% 0.99% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Standard Lease Rates
All Cars
7.55% 7.55% 7.55% 7.85% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.5% 0.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
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0.5% 0.5% 0.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.5% 0.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.5% 0.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Subaru CA Lease Residuals
Impreza 4DR Convenience MT (JF1CP)
58% 51% 43% N/A N/A N/A Apr 30, 2018

2018 Subaru Impreza Convenience (M5) 4dr Sedan, Kitchener, Ontario

Gemini Motors, 26 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C-1L1

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