2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

MSRP $19,295 - $26,395

Ranked #5 in Compact Hatchback

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Subaru Impreza, an economical car that comes in two different body designs, a hatchback, and a sedan. Subaru priced the base trim of the Impreza hatchback very reasonably at $19,295. This sober-looking hatchback carries forward its simple design language from the previous year generation, the exterior gets the same curvy front and rear end with a sleek side profile. The interior isn’t designed in an extraordinary way, it just provides adequate comfort and ample storage spaces for short trips.

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Pros

AWD drivetrain as standard

Spacious rear seats

Loaded with advanced safety features

Awesome driving dynamics

Cons

Noisy cabin

Lackey CVT gearbox

Poor fuel efficiency for an economical car

What's New?

Subaru SI drive engine management system comes standard with premium trim.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19295

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/10.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

176.2 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2989 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

55.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1252 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/31 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$19,295 onwards

Premium$22,695 onwards

Sport$22,995 onwards

Limited$26,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.3

Final Verdict

8.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The Impreza hatchback has been presented by the Subaru in the market in four trim levels namely: Base, Premium, Sport, and limited. All four trims are powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-4 gas engine that is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission for those who like to shift manually as an enthusiast, but Subaru hasn’t forgotten about the convenience loving audience and that is the reason for an optional CVT gearbox.

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback front angle view
2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback rear angle view

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

8.3/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Features

The 2021 Subaru Impreza in a hatchback structure has four available trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited. The MSRP of base trim costs somewhat around $19,295 and the top-level trim Limited is priced at $26,395. This economical hatchback is offered in an only AWD drivetrain. The base trim is loaded with the standard features like cloth upholstery, 16-inch steel wheels with cover, cruise control, power windows with door locks, and much. Please check all the trims and their features in the table mentioned below:

Trim

Base 

Premium

Sport

Limited

MSRP (AWD)

$19,295

$22,695

$22,995

$26,395

Key Features

16-Inch steel wheels with wheel covers

16-inch alloy wheels

18-Inch alloy wheels

Standard CVT

 

Cruise controls

Selectable drive modes

Sporty suspension system

LED headlights

 

5-Speed manual (optional CVT)

Automatic headlights

Keyless entry

Automatic climate control

 

Cloth upholstery

Roof rails

Puch start-stop button

Leather upholstery

 

Power windows

Upgraded suspension system

Short throw shifter for manual transmission 

Power-adjustable driver seat

 

Door locks

Heated front seats

8-Inch touchscreen 

Blind-spot monitoring system

 

6.5-Inch touchscreen 

Extra USB port

Navigation system

Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

6-Speaker audio system

   
 

4-speaker stereo system

Adaptive cruise control

   
 

USB audio input 

Forward collision warning system

   
   

Rear automatic braking

   
   

Lane-keeping assist

   

Which trim should you buy?

At the cost of $22,995 the third trim level in the row, the Sport trim is properly equipped with all the convenience features like keyless entry with push start-stop button, navigation system while also having some advanced safety technology such as Subaru’s Eyesight Driver-Assist Tech which includes forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, rear automatic braking system, and the adaptive cruise control. Interestingly all variants of the Impreza hatchback come only with an AWD drivetrain which is good news for those who live in an extremely cold region.

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2021 Subaru Impreza hatchback is an economical car but it doesn’t mean that it lacks in performance. The 2021 model of Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-4 gas engine, which generates a total power of 152 hp and has a pulling ability of 145 lb-feet, the base trim comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission that shifts seamlessly but an optional Lineartronic CVT (a standard feature on Premium and Limited trim levels) is available for Base and Sport trims with the paddle shifter on the steering wheel for an additional cost of $1,300.

 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback ride and handling

Impreza hatchback takes 9.0 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph and completes the quarter-mile trek within a period of 16.6 seconds, the all-wheel drivetrain makes the vehicle more stable under stormy situations. The Impreza tops the speedometer with its top speed of 120 mph. The vehicle might feel lazy if you want to do some track timings with it otherwise, for day-to-day tasks, it’s quite a peppy powerhouse.

Model

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3

MSRP

$19,295

$20,290

$21,750

$22,500

Engine

2.0-L, NA Boxer Flat-4 gas

2.0-L, NA I-4 gas

1.5-L, Turbo I-4 gas

2.5-L, NA I-4 gas

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-Speed Manual (Optional CVT)

6-Speed Intelligent manual gearbox

CVT

6-Speed Automatic 

Power 

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

168 hp @ 6600 rpm

180 hp @ 6000 rpm

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

145lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

162 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0 to 60 mph

9.0 sec

8.2 sec

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter-Mile

16.6 sec

16.3 sec

15.3 sec

16 sec

Top Speed

120 mph

112 mph

137 mph

131 mph

Honda has the least displacement of 1.5-liter in the lot while Mazda is offering a 2.5-liter engine with turbo but still both the vehicles generate almost corresponding power. Impreza seems to have the least powerful engine, while with the help of turbo Honda Civic Hatchback manages to outperform all the hatchbacks in the competition which can be seen in the acceleration and the quarter-mile timings of the CIvic. Every other hatchback at an average price range of $20,000 generally offers an FWD option as standard but not Subaru who is offering an AWD drivetrain. 

How does the 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback handle? 

As an average-looking vehicle, it offers decent power and acceleration which can easily handle the daily routines without breaking a sweat. The vehicle is also equipped with some pretty advanced technology like forward-collision alert, automatic emergency rear braking system, and much more that aids the driver. The cabin does get noisy at 4000 rpm with the CVT gearbox but otherwise, it offers great convenience. The All-wheel-drive drivetrain is an added advantage as the car gets more traction and performs better on slippery terrains.

The suspension setup in the base trim is good enough to absorb some potholes on asphalt roads while keeping the chassis stable on sharp turns. The steering wheel is light and makes it easy for the driver to maneuver in tight situations. For a more sporty experience, the Sport trim does get a short-throw shifter for the manual transmission model, a little stiff steering wheel, and a sport-tuned suspension system for confident turns.

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback braking performance

The braking performance of Subaru’s cars has improved significantly in the last couple of years, every car by Subaru has scored better than average brake performance and Impreza is no different. Impreza Hatchback is a light vehicle with a curb weight of 2989 pounds and with the assistance of 10.9/ 10.8-inch front/rear rotors, Subaru stops pretty quickly from 60 to 0 mph within 123 feet. Features like rear automatic brakes and Antilock braking system also ensures the safety of the riders.

Model

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3 Hatchback

Brake Rotors: Front (in)

10.9

11.5

11.1

11

Brake Rotors: Rear (in)

10.8

10.5

10.2

10.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

2989

3060

2906

3082

60-0 mph (ft)

124

129

113

118

The Honda Civic is the lightest in the competition and its front rotors are larger than the Impreza and Mazda 3, which affects its braking performance and makes it the car with the least stopping distance of 113 feet. While Mazda 3 is not much behind the Civic, despite having a curb weight of 3082 it shows some caliber while braking. The Impreza has neither best nor worst braking power but it does its work and is appropriate for daily riding conditions. Toyota needs to work hard on its braking system.

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Subaru Impreza Hatchback with 2.0-liter, NA engine, and 5-speed manual gearbox claims the efficiency of almost 24 mpg in city driving, 31 mpg on straight highways, and 26 mpg under combined conditions. As per the engine performance of the Impreza hatchback, the fuel figures that it delivers are quite underwhelming., while every other hatchback under the price range of $20k to $25k delivers great performance with better fuel economy.

Model

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3 Hatchback

MPG (City)

24

32

29

26

MPG (highway)

31

41

35

35

MPG (Combined)

26

35

32

30

Fuel Tank (gal)

13.2

13.2

12.4

13.2

Range (City/ Hwy) (miles)

316 / 409 

422 / 541

384 / 496

343 / 462

Subaru claims the least efficiency in every aspect. The Toyota Corolla Hatchback which has 16 more horsepower than the Impreza excels both in power delivery and fuel efficiency and more interestingly offers the best in class economy numbers. But for individuals who want more performance from their vehicle with a decent fuel economy then Civic and Mazda 3 makes more sense.

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Interior

8.5/10

The 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback at the base price of $19,295, the base trim gets a fabric upholstery, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen that works smoothly and can be controlled by the rotary dials present beneath the screen. There is one more small screen just on the top of the infotainment system and it shows the details like engine performance, automatic climate control instructions, and much more. Besides all these things steering mounted audio and cruise control buttons are small but easy to read.

 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback cockpit area

The upper trim of the Impreza Hatchback is integrated with the leather upholstery and the cabin is decorated with a mixture of hard and soft-touch materials. The front row seats are roomy and comfy for the short rides but due to their firmness long term driving is not suggested, although Impreza Hatchback doesn’t disappoint us with its rear row seats yet it can’t have the room for three adult occupants.

Model

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3 Hatchback

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.8 / 56.7 / 43.1

38.4 / 53.9 / 42.0

39.3 / 56.9 / 42.3

38.0 / 55.7 / 42.3

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

38.0 / 55.6 / 36.5

37.6 / 54.5 / 29.9

37.4 / 55.0 / 36.0

37.2 / 53.4 / 35.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

20.8 

17.8

22.6

20.1

All four vehicles support the seating capacity of 5 occupants. The front row of every car is big and comfortable enough for every type of rider but Subaru Impreza has an overwhelmingly spacious front row with the largest leg and headroom and it takes the lead again in rear row seats by a couple of inches. The other three cars Honda, Toyota, and Mazda 3 Hatchback offer almost equal space and comfort in both front and rear compartments. When it comes to the cargo capacity Subaru neither has the spacious one nor the worst, it just provides practical cargo space of 20.8 cu-ft. Some salient interior features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Heated front seats (on Premium trim)
  • Subaru’s EyeSight suite (on Premium trim)
  • Push-button start (on Sport trim)
  • Automatic climate control (on Limited trim)
  • Power adjustable driver seat (on Limited trim)

What’s there to keep you entertained? 

The Subaru Impreza is surely an economical hatchback that comes in the market at a budget value but it doesn’t mean that it lacks in entertainment tech. The base trim is loaded with all the necessary and good to go features like a standard 6.5-inch Starlink infotainment system with rotary controls, the touch response is awesome and there is no lag whatsoever. This system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while through the four-speaker audio system you can listen to your favorite melodies.

 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback infotainment screen

All standard and upper trim infotainment features are mentioned below:

  • 6.5-Inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay smartphone interface
  • Four-speaker audio system & single USB connectivity
  • An extra USB port (on Premium trim)
  • Six-speaker stereo (on Premium trim)
  • Subaru’s EyeSight Suite (on Premium trim)
  • 8-Inch Touchscreen with navigation system (on Sport trim)

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Impreza Hatchback exterior design looks the same just like the last year’s model, but there are some minor tweaks in the design like the rear roof spoiler on the Sport trim with silica end crystal black pieces. Otherwise, the design is pretty simple and sober from the front side while the rear of this hatchback somewhat resembles a modern station wagon. Impreza’s side profile is sleek with some flow line following from the front end and all the way to the rear end.

2021 Subaru Impreza basic Hatchback 

The Base trim is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, Body-colored door handles, power-adjustable/ foldable heated & body-colored ORVMs, halogen fog lamps, halogen head, and taillights. The optional package for premium trim costs $1970 and for Limited trim, it costs $2470 which include the exterior feature like a sunroof and some interior features. 

Model

Subaru Impreza Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Mazda 3 Hatchback

Curb Weight (lbs)

2989

3060

2906

3082

Length (in)

176.2

172

177.9

175.6

Width (in)

70

70.5

70.8

70.7

Height (in)

58.9

57.1

56.3

56.7

Ground Clearance (in)

5.1

5.1

NA

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

103.9

106.3

107.3

Honda Civic is the lightest with a weight of 2906 lbs and the longest one with a total length of 177.9 inches, While Subaru and Mazda 3 are sitting in the middle with an average length of around 176 inches. It wouldn’t be hard to maneuver Subaru and Toyota in tight traffic conditions but Mazda with the curb weight of 3082 lbs might cause some problems. Mazda is also the one with the highest ground clearance, so the body would be more evident on it than the others. Some salient exterior features of Impreza Hatchback:

  • Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs (on upper trim levels)
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Sunroof (with Packages)
  • Blacked out front grille (on upper trim levels)
  • Shark fin antenna (on upper trim levels)
  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • LED taillights (on upper trim levels)

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Safety

9.9/10

Subaru has been manufacturing safe cars with the solid build quality for ages and it’s the same with the 2021 Impreza hatchback. Subaru hasn’t spared this 5-door car and even loaded the base trim with full of safety features to aid the driver while ensuring the safety of other occupants. With all these features this car has become unbeatable and scored the perfect 5 out of 5 stars in the overall test rating by NHTSA, whereas it has also been awarded at the 2021 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. All the standard and upper trim-level safety technology have been mentioned below:

  • 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Traction control
  • Side impact beams
  • Dual front driver & passenger airbags
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Dual front seat-mounted airbags
  • Curtain first & second-row airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Subaru’s EyeSight Safety system (on upper trim)

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Competition

8.3/10

2021 Impreza Hatchback Vs 2021 Corolla Hatchback

This year’s generation of Toyota Corolla is strongly ahead of its game with a better exterior and interior package. It is now more spacious than its former self and definitely has a more sporty appearance. More importantly, it arrives with the badge of reliability as Toyota is well known for its service. 2021 Toyota isn’t much ahead of Impreza in engine performance but it can’t be used as a daily driver and it’s also a FWD vehicle.

2021 Corolla Hatchback

2021 Impreza Hatchback Vs 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

The Honda Civic has remained the legendary fun-to-ride car since its appearance in Fast & Furious. Honda has improved the exterior styling to the next level with the big piano black front end and sharp LED headlights. Its engine packs a power punch with respect to other hatchbacks in the competition and it holds itself steady while turning. Its interior is designed according to a sports vehicle and if you aren’t a car enthusiast then this car might not be for you.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2021 Impreza Hatchback Vs 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Mazda offers two powertrain and drivetrain choices, the base 2.5-L engine is the most powerful motor amongst the rivals at least on the spec sheets but unlike Subaru, Mazda comes in a FWD option as standard. Fuel economy figures are also impressive but in real-life efficiency, there isn’t much difference between Subaru & Mazda. The main problem is the standard FWD and it costs too much than the Impreza.

2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback

 

2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Final Verdict

8.5/10

The new Subaru Impreza Hatchback is a practical car as compared to Civic, Toyota and Mazda 3. But for a person who just wants a daily ride to the office or to accomplish daily objectives then Civic doesn’t make sense for him/her due to its high-performance engine and stiff suspension, nor Toyota would do any good as it doesn’t look like & feel like a daily driver. So, Impreza is the only car that offers a lot of convenience features at just a base price of $19,295 and drives through snowy roads easily with a standard AWD drivetrain.