2016 Subaru Impreza Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on April 13, 2016 2:44 PM

Affordable All-Season Transportation

The 2016 Subaru Impreza continues the model's tradition of providing affordable all-wheel drive capability to consumers who need a car to handle all forms of weather. Even the base Subaru Impreza at well under $20,000 comes with the company's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System and fuel economy competitive with other compact cars in its price range. For more adventurous drivers, the WRX and STI trim levels bring rally-inspired performance at impressive prices.

Driving the Impreza

"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." Find out more in our 2016 Subaru Impreza full review.


The Subaru Impreza took home last year's Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award in the compact car category. From the awards note: "Taken a la carte, the 2015 Subaru Impreza's traits are admirable. Together, they cook up a compact car that's easy to drive, efficient, secure in any weather, and safe thanks to features like a standard rearview camera and the available EyeSight driver-assist technology that constantly monitors surrounding traffic. Moreover, the Subaru Impreza does it all at a cost that's a value up front and an asset down the road."

What's Next

The 2017 Subaru Impreza was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. When it goes on sale later this year, the redesigned Impreza will be offered as a sedan or a 5-door hatchback.


More Power

Performance-minded shoppers can step up from the 148-horsepower Impreza range to the sport-tuned, 265-horsepower WRX, or all the way to the 305-horsepower WRX STI.

Owners Say

From KBB.com reader Mochi: "I chose my WRX because I felt like it was the most car I could possibly get for the money...It's always raining here and I don't fear puddles, this car is planted to the ground. It's very smooth and solid, not too stiff like the other cars and road noise is not an issue." Read more Subaru Impreza consumer reviews.

Build and Price

A base 2016 Subaru Impreza sedan starts around $19,000 (with destination), and 5-door hatchback models are $500 extra. A well-optioned Impreza can reach about $25,000, while WRX and WRX STI performance models range from about $27,000 to $40,000. Build and price your own 2016 Subaru Impreza to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Compact Cars

There's no shortage of appealing compact cars, but for many buyers standard all-wheel drive is the ace up the Impreza's sleeve. It's hard to choose the right car when you haven't seen all your options, however, so visit our Compact Car Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.

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