2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan

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2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan Review: Humble Family Sedan

by Aiden Eksteen

It may not be anything quite like the WRX STI, but the 2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan does share some of its favored characteristics, such as genuinely fun and accomplished handling. It's also equipped with a BOXER flat-4 engine, though not quite as polished or capable as a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated unit dialed with only 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Sadly, both the 5-speed manual gearbox and the CVT fail to remedy the lack of power and deliver just as uncouth responses. The Impreza Sedan isn't a performance vehicle and is purposed more-so for regular everyday driving and family commuting. And it's in this light that the Impreza really shines with its livable 4-door sedan layout, well-built and featureful cabin, and its top-notch safety ratings and high reliability standards. It's also one of the only small sedan cars offered with an all-wheel drivetrain as standard, which benefits it in all-weather conditions and mild off-road situations.

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2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan?

Nothing much changes for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan retains all of its features, but the Premium adds SI-Drive, and an engine performance management system. Using SI-Drive, the driver can choose from two different driving modes based on their wishes or the conditions.

Pros and Cons

  • Fun to drive and comfortable on the road
  • Modern and intuitive infotainment system
  • Comes standard with all-wheel drive
  • Good safety rating
  • Plenty of inclusive features and technology
  • Powertrain is weak and unrefined
  • Middling fuel economy figures
  • Not as good-looking as the hatchback

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2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Premium Sedan
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Sport Sedan
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Limited Sedan
2.0L Flat 4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive

Impreza Sedan Exterior

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  • Length 182.7 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 2,976.0 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 Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

While most modern compact cars are equipped with some form of polished and balanced turbocharged motor, Subaru chose to curse the Impreza Sedan with a crude, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. With just 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, acceleration is never quite as vigorous as desired. The limiting five-speed manual gearbox and the sluggish CVT only make that lack of power worse and hinder the overall driving experience.

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

Impreza Sedan Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/31 mpg
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Impreza Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 43.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

Impreza Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    12.3 ft³

Impreza Sedan Safety and Reliability


  • 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: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan a good car?

Unfortunately, the 2021 Impreza Sedan's powertrain is its biggest, and perhaps, only flaw. It's a significant one, though, as competitors such as the Honda Civic, with their small-capacity turbocharged engines, offer far more enjoyable, refined, and balanced drive dynamics. The Impreza is, nevertheless, still a somewhat fun car to drive by virtue of its nimble handling characteristics, which come through in city driving, and its advantageous AWD setup - a rarity in the class. It's first and foremost a family sedan, however, which is supported by its sedate performance, many features, and the NHTSA and IIHS's consummate crashworthiness and safety reviews of the 2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan. At an MSRP of just $18,795, there are also very few cars one can find in the USA as good and at the 2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan's price.

All in all, our only hope is that Subaru debuts the sixth-generation of the Impreza with a newer, turbocharged engine and with a higher-ratio manual gearbox and/or more refined automatic transmission.

๐Ÿš—What Subaru Impreza Sedan Model Should I Buy?

If you're just looking for a well-rounded, affordable small family car, then the base model would be a feasible choice. It does miss out on quite a few desirable features and, most importantly, a handful of good driver-assist technologies. It's for this reason that we recommend the mid-spec Premium, which comes outfitted with auto-on/off headlights, heated front seats, and some additional USB ports. It also comes with the Eyesight Driver Assist Technology safety suite as standard, which comprises pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure warning, and sway warning with lane-keep assist.

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