New Subaru Impreza should come without any changes after this year model’s refresh. 2016 Subaru Impreza, thus remains the only car in compact segment with standard all-wheel drive; something that Japanese love emphasizing on given the car’s glorious rally past.
Apart from base, compact, affordable Impreza, moniker also offers high performance editions; WRX and STI. Former of the two comes with 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while latter editions benefit from even stronger, 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. 6-speed manual gearbox is standard in most WRX and STI models, while top WRX iterations get sport lineatropic transmission with paddle shifters and either 6 or 8-speed manual modes.
Still, most people decide to go with standard Impreza which features not as prolific, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivering 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. They come with standard 5-speed manual transmission and offer optional CVT gearbox with 6-speed manual mode.
2016 Subaru Impreza Design
There are clear differences in design, whether you go with base or WRX and STI models. Former ones get a sleek, compact body without any eye-poking details. Apart from trapezoidal grille, modern headlamps, open-mouth lower air intake, arching roofline and nice-looking rear end, WRX and STI models get a large hood scoop, different foglight inserts and more toned-down and sharper bumpers, both up front and around the back. Of course, you can still choose both sedan and hatchback models which is a further plus for Japanese compact car.
Interior of Subaru Impreza
Interior doesn’t exhibit any differences, whether you go with sedan or hatch body style, but WRX editions do feature different materials. Still, even these versions execute the same cabin design. Large, oval dashboard comes with wide instrument panel which gets its own housing at the top. That’s where driver information display is positioned.
Apart from that, there’s a touch screen display cluster in the middle of mentioned control panel. Color 4.3-inch LCD display is standard with base models and Limited package, while starting from the bottom in WRX models. Still, you can always upgrade to 6.2-inch touch screen display. Cloth upholstery is standard in entry-level models, while Premium and Limited gradess get leather seats, except in regular models where tricot does the job.
Finally, STI models benefit from Alcantara seats and carbon fiber accents. Safety features are stacked up and 2016 Subaru Impreza offers all cameras and sensors, together with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning. Of course, you won’t get any of them with entry-level package.
Best fuel economy comes from base, CVT models which are rated at 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Manual gearbox, on the other hand, takes a toll of 3 mpg in both categories. WRX grade returns 20/27 mpg with manual or 18/24 mpg with lineatropic transmission, while STI badge takes another toll and lowers the figures to 17/23 mpg.
Price of new 2016 Subaru Impreza
Base Impreza costs between $18,000 and $23,000, while WRX costs between $26,500 and $40,000 for WRX STI.
2016 Subaru Impreza is superb car if you require mandatory all-wheel drive, European driving dynamics with manual shifters and superb performance that comes from high-end WRX and STI models.