If you're on a budget but want all-wheel drive (AWD) for optimal traction on slick roads when Mother Nature turns nasty, the
Subaru Impreza is the car to beat. With a starting price just over $19,000, the
2016 Subaru Impreza is the least expensive all-wheel-drive car on the market. Beyond its grippy ways and low cost, the Subaru Impreza is practical, easy to drive, fuel-efficient and commands high resale value. The small Subie is available as a 4-door
sedan and 5-door
hatchback, and in higher trims can be had with Subaru's EyeSight safety system that monitors traffic and can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency. The Impreza doesn't offer the range of powertrains found in rivals, but no other competitor comes standard with AWD.
Only minor changes are in store for the 2016 Impreza. Among them is the addition of Starlink Connected Services on Sport Premium models fitted with Subaru's EyeSight system. This adds app-based safety and entertainment options, plus enhanced in-vehicle notifications in the event of an accident or emergency.
The new Impreza WRX joins the family this year, adopting the same sedan body as the rest of the Impreza lineup. Elsewhere, Subaru's excellent EyeSight driver-assist technology is available, and a rearview camera is standard equipment.
After a revamp for 2012 the
Subaru Impreza receives only minor changes for 2013. Base 2.0i models have an upgraded audio unit with Bluetooth, and Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models with navigation receive a rear-view camera. WRX and STI models are unchanged except for a new color choice.