Subaru claimed the Best Brand trophy in this year's Best Resale Value Awards, and the Subaru Impreza played a big part in that win. The country's most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle is also a well-built, long-lasting compact car that will appeal to used-car shoppers for years down the road.
The same characteristics that make the Impreza a standout in the snow also enhance its entertainment value in the dry, as noted in our full review: "As with every Subaru except the rear-drive BRZ sports coupe, the Impreza features all-wheel drive as standard. The system is always engaged and provides a feeling of confidence regardless of weather conditions. Another Subie trait is a low-mounted engine. Having the engine closer to the ground adds to the Impreza's planted feel, and thus its confidence on the road."
Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is always on guard and ready to distribute power among all four wheels to deliver the best performance for the conditions. That power comes from a flat-4 or "boxer" engine, the only such motivator in the segment. 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 2016 Subaru Impreza lineup starts around $19,000 with destination and includes sedan and hatchback body styles. The 148-horsepower engine delivers highway fuel economy up to 36 mpg, thanks in part to an efficiency-enhancing "gearless" continuously variable automatic transmission.
You may or may not "need" all-wheel drive, but the Subaru Impreza is a solid choice either way, whether you plan to sell it in a few years or drive it forever.