2011 Subaru Impreza


Ranked #5 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$17,495 - $37,345

Key Spec of 2011 Subaru Impreza
fuel economy


fuel type

regular unleaded


170 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

2011 Subaru Impreza Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There is a market for sedans and then an even crazier market for the budget performance sedans on offer. That is where the Impreza stands. It is the sedan from Subaru a name immortalized by rally races and their rivalry with the Mitsubishi Evo series. The Subaru Impreza offers a great package for the buyers looking for reliable, safe, fun to drive, and good-looking sedans. It has a spacious and comfortable cabin with an extensive list of features. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Standard AWD

Old four-speed automatic transmission

2.5GT trim dropped

Roomy seating

Poor fuel economy

New TomTom navigation system offered as optional

Punchy turbocharged engines

Poor interior materials

Superb handling

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature8.00
Engine and Performance8.20
Fuel Economy6.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Midsize Sedan

#8 in Sedan

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Base$17,495 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry

Premium$18,495 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels

WRX$25,495 onwards

  • 17-inch gray aluminum Wheels
  • Front automatic air conditioning

WRX Premium$27,995 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

WRX Limited$28,995 onwards

  • Leather Seat trim

WRX STI$33,995 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Front automatic air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Simulated suede/leather Seat trim

WRX STI Limited$37,345 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Colors and Styles

2011 Subaru Impreza in Dark Gray Metallic color
Dark Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The car is powered by a 2.0L boxer engine and starts off at a price of $18,585. It comes with a standard AWD setup and its jaunty and lively engine options make it a viable option in the segment. At its price point, it goes up against the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Elantra. 


The Subaru Impreza is offered in five trim levels and with two engine options.The trims start from the “2.5i” priced at $17,495 and go all the way up to $28,995 for the fully loaded WRX Limited trim. All the trims have AWD as the standard drivetrain layout. While a manual transmission is available with the 2.5i trims, the WRX uses an automatic transmission setup, found optional on base trims. The WRX trim is powered with the turbocharged version of the same motor found in the lower two trims. The top-end WRX limited is priced at $28,995 but adds only leather upholstery and xenon headlamps.



2.5i Premium


WRX Premium

WRX Limited

MSRP (Manual)






MSRP (Automatic)







16-inch steel wheels

16-inch alloy wheels

2.5liter turbocharged engine

Sunroof package

Leather upholstery


Full power accessories

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

5-speed manual transmission

Dash-mounted navigation system

Xenon headlamps


Keyless entry

Six-speaker stereo system with CD Player

Summer tires

Short-throw shifter



60/40 split rear seats


Aggressively tuned suspension setting

Turbo-boost gauge



Tilt-adjustable steering column


Special WRX trim body styling



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The WRX Premium is the top end that offers most top end features to us,both the WRX variants have the same engine and other aspects but the only difference is that there is leather upholstery and Xenon headlamps and these two demand a premium of almost $1000 which we feel is not too necessary.Thus, we might go for the ‘WRX Premium” trim and settle with that.

Engine and Performance

The Impreza is powered by Subaru’s signature 2.5liter flat-four motor which puts out 170 horsepower and 170lb-ft of torque.The top end WRX trims come with the same engine but have a turbocharger bolted on to them that help in bumping up the power.The naturally aspirated engine on the lower trims feel good within the city limits while struggling out on the highway.The turbocharged unit pushes out an impressive 265 horsepower and 244lb.-ft.


Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS







2.5 Liter Flat 4

1.8 Liter Inline 4

2.0 Liter Inline 4

1.8 Liter Inline 4


All-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive


5-Speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed manual


170 hp

140 hp

156 hp

136 hp


170 lb.-ft

127 lb.-ft

144 lb.-ft

123 lb.-ft

0-60 mph (seconds)


7.4 seconds

8 seconds

9.3 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15 seconds

15.6 seconds

16.3 seconds

16.5 seconds

Top Speed(mph)

127 mph

115 mph

117 mph

110 mph

Among the rivals on the list, the Chevrolet Cruze is the least powerful sedan and the Impreza stands at its perfect contrast. The Kia is the only car that is able to come close to the Impreza in this regard outputting 156hp and 144lb.-ft of torque and is the only sedan that makes use of an automatic transmission. All except the Subaru are channeled as FWD variants. While 60mph timings for the Impreza are not known, it is the quickest to the quarter-mile mark and has a lead of almost a second and a half over the Chevrolet and Kia. The Honda Civic is quicker than most of its rivals and only falls short of the Impreza. 

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is not one of the biggest let downs of the Subaru Impreza sedan thanks to its engine design. The 2.5liter naturally aspirated engine returns a maximum mileage of 20mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highways. The combined mileage stands at 23mpg. It gets a 16.5-gallon fuel tank, which is the largest in the segment and also averages a range of 338 and 456 city and highway miles, respectively.


Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

MPG (City) (mpg)





MPG (Highway) (mpg)





MPG (Combined) (mpg)





Fuel Capacity (gallon)

16.5 gal

13.2 gal

13.2 gal

15.6 gal

Range (miles) (city/highway)

338/456 mi

343/449 mi

356/493 mi

406/562 mi

The Kia and the Chevrolet offer excellent mileage figures and are similar fuel efficiency averaging 30 MPG. The Honda Versa manages to come just behind them, however, with its least voluminous tank of 13.2-gallons, it lurks at the bottom of the table when the range is concerned. The Cruze remains the undisputed winner averaging 562 highway miles.


The interior of the Impreza is not the best ones you can find in the world,afterall it is a budget oriented sedan.Talk of the base trims and the bad interiors can be acceptable but not so much in the WRX trims and feels too cheap in the car.The cabin too is not very spacious and airy even if the seats are comfortable.


Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.0 cu. ft.

12.0 cu. ft.

14.9 cu. ft.

15.0 cu. ft.

The competitors have made it appear that the Impreza is the roomier car of these here. All the cars are almost similar in terms of dimensions. However, the Chevrolet Cruze feels a bit cramped inside while the 2011 Kia Forte is also quite spacious. Both the Forte and Cruze have 15 cu.-ft of cargo space, which is almost 3 cu.-ft more than what the Subaru Impreza and Honda Civic have to offer.

Important features of the interior are:

  • Cruise Control
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Power Steering
  • Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • 12V Rear Power Outlet(S)
  • Cargo Area Light
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Single Zone Front Air Conditioning

How intuitive is the 2012 Subaru Impreza’s infotainment unit?

The Impreza gets an updated infotainment system for the 2011 model and is now loaded with more features than before. The standard features now include Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, XM and Sirius compatibility, a CD Player, and iPod control capability. The optional TOMTOM navigation system has a 4.2inch display and can be disabled by the driver.

Some highlighted features of the infotainment system include:

  • AM/FM Stereo 
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio (Optional)
  • TOMTOM navigation(optional)
  • Bluetooth

The Impreza sedan comes in two distinct styles i.e the standard sedan and the sporty WRX sedan. The WRX sedan is the sporty looking trims with a wide body design and WRX inspired exterior styling cues. The standard sedan is more for the road design than looking anything sporty. The design is very much understated but is neat starting from the front-end to the rear. 


Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

Curb Weight (lbs)

3032 lbs

2630 lbs

2906 lbs

3097 lbs

Length (in.)

180.5 in.

177.3 in.

179.5 in.

181.0 in.

Width (in.)

68.5 in.

69.0 in.

70.1 in.

70.7 in.

Height (in.)

57.7 in.

56.5 in.

56.3 in.

58.1 in.

Ground Clearance (in.)



5.3 in.


Wheelbase (in.)

104.1 in.

106.3 in.

106.3 in.

105.7 in.

The Impreza(not WRX) is very understated and not a fresh design. It may look elegant but it is not the best looking when compared to the much more modern and restyled and better looking Cruze and Forte. In terms of dimensions, the Chevrolet and Subaru are the longest sedans, but the Kia and Honda have better wheelbases of 106.3 inches. Additionally, the Forte also gets a ground clearance of 5.3 inches. The Cruze is the widest and tallest sedan measuring 70.7 and 58.1 inches, respectively, while the 2011 Honda Civic is the lightest weighing 2630 lbs. 

Some exterior features include:

  • Body side molding 
  • Splash Guard kit 
  • Hood Protector
  • Optional Chrome Sport Grille
  • Popular Equipment Group Package

The Subaru Impreza sedan makes sure to keep the reputation of the brand’s safety quotient unbroken with ample safety features and some standard safety aids include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints,etc.The car has been given quite some significant safety gizmos to make it safer on the road

important safety features of the sedan are:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Trunk Release
Final Verdict

If you are hunting for a good sporty sedan with superb performance and on a budget and you do not mind the poor mileage and the bad interior quality then the Subaru Impreza might be an amazing one for you. Thanks to its pricing and performance, this car will manage to put a smile on your face every time you drive it and that is a peppy performance. But if Fuel economy and quality are one of your priorities then you might have to look somewhere else.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Sedan

engine type

150 cu in

horse power

265 hp @ 6000 rpm


244 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


5 speed Manual


180.3 in


103.3 in


70.3 in

curb weight

3241 lbs


58 in

Ground Clearance

6.1 lbs

passenger volume

93 cu ft

cargo volume

11.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

19/21/25 mpg

highway range

422.5 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

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Subaru Impreza 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $39,218
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,339$1,093$824$482$210$3,948
Taxes and Fees$1,875$211$165$172$102$2,525
Total Cost-To-Own$10,064$7,140$6,340$8,656$7,018$39,218
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