2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

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2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Review: The Heart is the Problem

Small cars may not be all too popular in the USA right now but there are still some car fans and driving enthusiasts that see and admire the perks and performance potential these little runabouts deliver. Unfortunately, with just 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter flat-4 engine, performance from the 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback isn't exactly exciting. A crude 5-speed manual gearbox or half-dead CVT only makes matters worse.

The Impreza Hatch doesn't disappoint in any other regard, though. It's a sporty-looking, handsome compact 5-door hatch that delivers a surprisingly comfortable ride and some poised handling dynamics. It's brimming with contemporary features and technology, and crammed with advanced driver assists and safety systems, even at the base level. The Impreza's powertrain is the only thing holding it back from being one of the class-leaders alongside the likes of the Honda Civic and Mazda 3.

Read in this review:

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2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Subaru Impreza Hatchback?

The Subaru Impreza received some substantial upgrades in 2020, so there's not much to talk about this year. The price increase over the 2020 model is only $100 across the range.

The only addition to the 2021 Subaru Impreza range is the SI-DRIVE performance management system that has been added as a standard feature on the Premium trim. This system is a driving mode selector, which allows the driver to choose between a more economical setup, or a sportier one.

Pros and Cons

  • Impeccable ride quality and handling dynamics
  • Modern and user-friendly infotainment system
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drivetrain is standard
  • Foolproof safety rating and proven reliability
  • Plenty of inclusive features even at base level
  • Engine is underpowered, uncouth, and loud
  • Both transmissions are unrefined
  • Fuel consumption is relatively high

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2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hatchback
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$19,295
Premium Hatchback
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$22,695
Sport Hatchback
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$22,995
Limited Hatchback
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$26,395

Impreza Hatchback Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 176.2 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 57.3 in
  • Max Width 70.0 in
  • Front Width 60.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.8 in
  • Curb Weight 2,989.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Ocean Blue Pearl
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Crimson Red Pearl
  • Lithium Red Pearl

Impreza Hatchback Performance

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Engine and Transmission

With meager outputs of just 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, the Impreza Hatchback's 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder gas engine feels severely underpowered. This is only made worse by the unrefined five-speed manual gearbox, which just doesn't manage to make optimal use of the engine's power, especially at low speeds. The CVT only makes matters worse with its incessant droning and sluggish responses. Subaru would do well to introduce a newer turbocharged engine to its range of compact cars. Equipping the Impreza with the six-speed manual gearbox found in the Crosstrek would also be a favorable alteration.

  • Engine
    2.0L Flat 4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    5-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Impreza Hatchback Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 24/31 mpg
* 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Manual

Impreza Hatchback Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 43.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.0 in

Impreza Hatchback Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    55.3 ft³

Impreza Hatchback Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback a good car?

The 2021 Impreza is held back only by its lackluster engine and uncouth gearbox options. It is otherwise a genuinely attractive vehicle, offering a sporty, eye-catching design, fun handling characteristics, and a surprisingly comfortable ride quality. It also upholds some confidence-inspiring reliability and safety ratings sustained by its meticulously well-built frame and many driver assists and safety systems. Impressive, considering the 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback underwent review by both the NHTSA and the IIHS. There are also not many cars out there that come with standard AWD at the 2021 Subaru Impreza Hatchback's price, which stands at just $19,295 for the Base.

To really boost the Impreza's standing in the classification, Subaru needs to fix the heart of the problem, its powertrain. Hopefully, Subaru will debut a sixth-generation Impreza Hatch with a more modern turbocharged mill and more refined gearbox.

🚗What Subaru Impreza Hatchback Model Should I Buy?

For what it gets in cosmetic enhancements and feature upgrades over the Base model, the mid-spec Premium is the one we'd go for. It is restricted to just the CVT but considering that the CVT is the more economical option and performance from the manual is just as unpleasant, it's no big deal. Over the Base, the Premium comes outfitted with fog lights, body-color heated side mirrors, roof rails, and 16-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the front seats get two-stage heating, the infotainment system is upgraded with two additional speakers, HD radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity. Throw in the Optional Package and you get yourself some desirable luxuries and more driver assists.

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