2013 Subaru Impreza

Rating7.1

Ranked #11 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$17,895 - $21,995

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Key Spec of 2013 Subaru Impreza
fuel economy

25/29/34

fuel type

regular unleaded

horsepower

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2013 Subaru Impreza Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Before last year’s redesign, the Subaru Impreza was lacking in many areas. Other than a standard all-wheel-drive system, there were many areas such as fuel economy and interior quality that let consumers down. But now Impreza is trying to check all the boxes. 2013 Impreza offers Bluetooth and USB as standard amenities. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Airy cabin

Sluggish acceleration

Standard Bluetooth and USB port

Decent fuel economy

Small trunk

Controlled ride

Noisy cabin

Poor sound system

Over All Rating

7.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Pricing and Feature7.00
Features7.50
Engine and Performance7.00
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior5.00
Exterior6.50
Safety8.50
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#11 in Midsize Sedan

#12 in Sedan


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Trims

Base$17,895 onwards

  • 15-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

Premium$19,795 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels

Limited$21,995 onwards

  • 17-inch silver painted aluminum wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM/HD
  • Automatic Front air conditioning


Colors and Styles

2013 Subaru Impreza in Ice Silver Metallic color
Ice Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Available in two body styles: sedan and hatchback, 2013 Impreza offers a total of 5 trims out of which 3 trims are reserved for the sedan variant. The price range of the Subaru Impreza sedan is from $17,895 to $21,995.The Subaru Impreza is facing tough competition from opponents such as Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, and Kia Forte.


Features
7.5/10

Three trim levels are given on the sedan variant of the 2013 Subaru Impreza. The starting price of the base is $17,895. It adds features such as cloth seats, manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, and a manual air conditioning system. Unlike the other two trims, there are no optional features given on the base trim except fog lights which is a dealer-installed accessory.

The Premium trim has bigger wheels, cruise control, and optional Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof. It also has optional features such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen, HD radio, navigation system, SiriusXM, and backup camera. All these features are also given on the Limited trim as options. Heated front seats, heated side mirror, and wiper de-icer are optional on the Premium trim but standard on Limited trim. 

Trim

2.0i

2.0i Premium

2.0i Limited 

MSRP

$17,895

$19,795

$21,995

Key Features

2.0-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or replaces in ‘2.0i’

Adds or replaces in ‘2.0i Premium’

 

15-inch steel wheels

16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Cloth upholstery

6-speakers sound system

windshield wiper de-icer

 

60/40-split flat-folding rear seats

Cruise control

Fog lights

 

Manual tilt/telescoping steering column

3-spoke steering wheel

Leather-trimmed upholstery

 

4-speaker sound system

Center console with adjustable armrest

Paddle shifters

 

Manual air-conditioning

Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof

4.3-inch LCD display

 

Keyless entry system

 

Automatic climate control system

 

Brake Override System

   
 

Daytime Running Lights

   

We Recommend

We would recommend you select the Premium trim. It has all the features which base trim was missing and you have many optional features to choose from which are also given on the top Limited trim.

Engine and Performance
7.0/10

A 2.0-liter inline-4 engine is found under the hood of all the trims. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission by default. However, optional CVT is also available. It churns out 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The power is given to all wheels just like any other Subaru car. That said, with a base engine, Impreza can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 8.7 seconds.

The 2013 Subaru Impreza offers a controlled ride, responsive breaks, and decent visibility. There are no other drivetrain options available. The fuel economy is impressive but acceleration does take a hit as Impreza is just 0.5 seconds faster than the slowest car in the competition i.e. Kia Forte. CVT works smoothly but oversensitive throttle response is a problem and engine noise can increase. 

Model

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

2013 Kia Forte LX

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

MSRP

$17,895

$15,400

$18,560

$16,965

Engine

2.0-liter flat-4

2.0-liter inline-4

1.4-liter turbo inline-4

1.8-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

156 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

144 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

131 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.7

9.1

7.8

7.9

Quarter mile (mph)

16.9

16.6

NA

16.3

Top speed (mph)

127

117

108 (est)

116

The Kia Forte has the highest horsepower in the segment but the story is quite different for the acceleration. The opponent from the Chevrolet has the lowest engine output due to the smaller engine but the turbocharger does help. Cruze finishes the 0-60 mph mark in 7.8 seconds which makes it the fastest sedan among the bunch. Lastly, the Hyundai Elantra is just 0.1 seconds slower than the Cruze.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

According to the EPA evaluation, Impreza with manual transmission returns a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. However, if CVT is selected it will return 2 more mpg in the city, highway, and combined each. Impreza has the second biggest fuel tank which can store 14.5 gallons of fuel.

Model

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

2013 Kia Forte LX

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

MPG (city)

25

25

26

28

MPG (Highway)

34

34

38

38

MPG (Combined)

28

29

30

32

Fuel Capacity

14.5

13.7

15.6

12.8

Range (City/highway)

363/493

343/466

406/593

358/486

The Elantra is the most fuel-efficient sedan in the segment but it has the smallest fuel tank. Next in line is Cruze which offers 2 mpg less in the city as compared to the Elantra but it has the biggest fuel tank which translates into a better range than any other rival. Lastly, the Forte has a slightly better-combined fuel economy.

Interior
5.0/10

The interior design of the Subaru Impreza is minimalistic and the quality of the material used inside is good. Dashboard and door panels have soft-touch material. The seats have standard cloth upholstery. The steering wheel and gear shifter knob are covered in leather. Silver trim is given inside the cabin to uplift the overall aesthetic. That said, there is no center console given on the base trim. 

The driver seat has a 6-way manual adjustment and the passenger seat has a 4-way manual adjustment. Heated seats are not given on the base trim but upper trims are blessed with these and leather upholstery. A 40/60 pattern seat is given in the rear row. Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Manual air conditioning with filtration, keyless entry, driver side automatic power window, and 12-volt power outlet are some cabin features given on the base Impreza.

Model

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

2013 Kia Forte LX

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.8/55.6/43.5

40.0/55.7/43.3

39.3/54.8/42.3

40.0/55.9/43.6

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

37.1/54.2/35.4

37.6/54.7/35.0

37.9/53.9/35.4

37.1/54.8/33.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.0

14.7

15.0

14.8

The 2013 Impreza has the most generous interior space. However, Forte is not that behind and has just 0.1 cu-ft less passenger volume as compared to the Impreza. The Cruze has the least suspicious cabin in the competition overall where it mostly lacks shoulder room. Lastly, the Elantra is squeezed between the Chevrolet Cruze and the Forte. In terms of cargo space, the Cruze has the lead. That said, Impreza has the least amount of cargo space against rivals. Major interior features include:

  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Heated seats (optional)
  • Tricot or Striped cloth upholstery
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control

How intuitive is the 2013 Subaru Impreza’s infotainment unit?

The base Impreza does not get a touchscreen but as you climb the trim ladder a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation is given as an optional feature. However, a 4.3-inch LCD display is given standard on the topmost trim. A 4-speaker sound system with the CD player, Bluetooth, aux jack, and USB port are standard features on the base trim. 2-speakers are added to the sound system along with the HD radio on the higher trims. However, the rivals offer a better sound system as compared to the Impreza. Major infotainment features include:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen (optional)
  • SiriusXM (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • 4.3-inch LCD display
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice control (optional)
Exterior
6.5/10

The exterior design of the Impreza is swift and sporty. On the hood, two body lines are present which start from the start of the hood and meet with the windscreen. Automatic headlights, fog lights, and a black grille with a chrome accent are given on the front side. On the backside, an optional stainless steel exhaust tip is given on the Premium trim. Unlike upper trims, base trim misses out on the heated power side mirrors and power tilt plus sliding moonroof. 2013 Subaru Impreza stands on standard 15-inch steel wheels which can be upgraded to 16-inch aluminum wheels on the Premium and 17-inch aluminum wheels on the Limited trim.

Model

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

2013 Kia Forte LX

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,911

2,729

NA

2,661

Length (in.)

180.3

178.3

181.0

178.3

Width (in.)

68.5

69.9

70.7

69.9

Height (in.)

57.5

57.5

58.1

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.7

5.9

NA

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

104.1

104.3

105.7

106.3

The rival from Chevrolet has the largest exterior dimensions in the competition. That said, Elantra is the shortest one which also has the least ground clearance of all. Coming to the Kia Forte, it has the same length and width as the Cruze but the wheelbase is shorter than it. Lastly, the Impreza has the shortest wheelbase and second largest ground clearance. Major exterior features are:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (optional)
  • Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Stainless steel exhaust tip (optional)
Safety
8.5/10

It is well known that Subaru puts emphasis on safety so that consumers can rest assured and safety ratings from agencies like NHTSA and IIHS can prove this claim. NHTSA has awarded an overall 5-star safety rating to the 2013 Subaru Impreza. IIHS has given ‘Good’ ratings to the 2013 Impreza and also awarded it with the ‘top safety pick’ title. As for the safety features, cruise control, brake assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Brake Override System, and traction control system are offered as standard. Major safety features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Antitheft security system with engine immobilizer
  • Backup camera (optional)
  • Brake assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
Final Verdict

The Subaru Impreza is a good overall package that offers a spacious cabin, decent fuel economy, and inspiring safety ratings. However, when it comes to performance and cargo space, Elantra has beaten it to the pulp. Additionally, Elantra has even better safety ratings from the IIHS which increase its points in the final report card. Therefore, if you are not adamant in buying a Subaru sedan then options like Elantra and Cruze are better deals.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$20295

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

145 hp @ 4200 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

dimensions
length

180 in

wheelbase

104 in

width

69 in

curb weight

3010 lbs

Height

58 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

96.9 cu ft

cargo volume

12 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

522.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Subaru Impreza 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$21,436
5 Year Cost To Own
$39,218
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $39,218
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,168$1,362$1,250$1,545$1,416$8,741
Insurance$1,384$1,467$1,474$1,588$1,572$7,485
Fuel$1,820$1,914$1,924$1,952$2,106$9,716
Maintenance$464$1,045$566$2,630$1,097$5,802
Repairs$14$48$137$287$515$1,001
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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