Totally redesigned just last year, the Subaru Impreza is roomier, more refined and tech-savvier than ever. But its resale ranking among compact cars hasn't changed one bit, and this is now the fifth year in a row the Impreza has topped this list.
The Subaru's interior upgrades are particularly notable, as highlighted in our full review: "The gauges, infotainment and controls in the 2018 Impreza all look and feel more upscale than expected, with soft-touch surfaces, and a stitched look on the dash and doors. The controls are laid out logically as well, including the infotainment system -- don't like the latter, and you can just use the familiarity of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto instead. The comfortable front seats are finally matched with rear seats that can accommodate adults."
Safety tech is another important part of the Impreza's appeal, a list that includes features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Of course, this wouldn't be a Subaru without the brand's signature all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. The Impreza is among the few compact cars to offer AWD, and the only model to have it standard, be it a base model with a 5-speed manual transmission or leather-lined Limited with a fuel-efficient CVT automatic. The enhanced grip enabled by AWD, combined with Subaru's advanced "symmetrical" system of putting power to the wheels with the most traction, has made this model a favorite in cold-weather states and regions where foul weather is a part of life.
And with a starting price of $18,495, the 2018 Subaru Impreza is the most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market. Combined with class-leading resale value, the Impreza holds onto its value and grips the road with equal tenacity.