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2014 Best Resale Value Awards: Compact Car

2014 Subaru Impreza
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Best Compact Car:

2014 Subaru Impreza

The unofficially official compact car of the snowiest parts of the country, the Subaru Impreza isn't just the most affordable all-wheel drive car in America, it's a resale value champion.

The 2014 Subaru Impreza lineup starts at around $19,000 with destination and includes sedan and hatchback body styles, a turbocharged Impreza WRX performance model, and an even higher-performance Impreza WRX STI version that tops out near $40,000.

But it's the standard all-wheel drive system that defines the Impreza, and Subaru's system is more serious than most. Subaru calls it Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and it's always engaged, always ready to shift power away from a slipping wheel to the wheels with more traction. Subaru makes safe, long-lasting cars, but the heart of their appeal - and their extreme popularity in the areas of the country with real winters -- is all-wheel drive.

The Impreza is also unique in that it's the only car in the class with a flat-4 or "boxer" engine. With pistons that move horizontally instead of up and down, a boxer engine has a lower center of gravity than a traditional 4-cylinder engine, offering stability and handling benefits.

The base engine combines 148 horsepower and highway fuel economy of up to 36 mpg - courtesy of an efficiency-enhancing, "gearless" continuously variable automatic transmission - while the WRX and WRX STI deliver 265 and 305 horsepower, respectively.

If your new-car budget is in the neighborhood of $20,000 and a significant chunk of your annual miles are spent in the snow, the 2014 Subaru Impreza is the new car to beat.

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Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 63.5%
  • at 60 months: 47.8%
Ratings & Reviews
Consumer Rating 8.0 Out of 10

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Expert Rating 6.7 Out of 10

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Best MPG: 27/36
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2014 Honda Civic

The affordable, reliable and thoroughly refined Honda Civic is one of the easiest cars to recommend, and a perennial resale value all-star.

Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 59.4%
  • at 60 months: 47.4%

3rd Place Finisher: 2014 Scion xB
2014 Scion xB

A cavernous compact car with unabashedly boxy styling, the Scion xB is a unique mix of practicality and pluck that maintains its appeal in the resale market.

Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 60.0%
  • at 60 months: 47.0%

Other Category Winners
See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2013 | 2012 | 2011
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