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2013 Subaru Impreza

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2013 Subaru Impreza Review

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Subaru is well-known for making high-quality products people tend to hold onto, which is also the case with the 2013 Impreza. Available in two different body styles, the five-door hatchback or the four-door sedan, the Impreza comes in four unique trim levels. With so many choices, it makes it easy for buyers to choose the right options for their tastes. Not only does the Impreza come with a long list of features, but it also has plenty of packages to select from if desired. Safety features are extensive on this model too. As a family vehicle, it offers good ratings on crash tests. The powertrain for the car isn’t as large or fast as some of its competitors, but it does perform well in most driving conditions. Overall, the 2013 Subaru Impreza is worth taking a close look at and can provide the right buyer with all the necessary features for a reasonable price.

New For 2013

For the 2013 model year, there are some notable features added to the Subaru Impreza:

  • Now equipped with standard all-wheel drive
  • Available as a five-door hatchback or sedan
  • Transmission options include CVT and manual
  • Now offers Bluetooth with audio streaming and iPod/USB connectivity


For the 2013 model year the Subaru Impreza is available in either the five-door hatchback or sedan body styles. While the two have many similarities, there are some notable differences. The five-door hatchback is typically considered the more attractive of the two. The sedan looks a bit snubbed from some angles, and looks too tall. However, on both models, the front-end features a distinctively-shaped grille and headlights. The Subaru logo can easily be seen from the center of the grille. The clean look continues with the wheel arches and nice detailing on the sides and doors of the vehicle. The back-end is attractive as well, with a well-defined bumper. The Impreza isn’t the most exciting choice, but it certainly is equipped to meet the basic needs of drivers looking for an attractive, reliable vehicle.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Subaru Impreza is available in four trim levels: the base, the Premium, the Limited, and the Sports Limited editions. The Impreza’s interior is pretty straightforward, with a nice, utilitarian design. Matte silver accents can be found throughout the cabin and offer an elegant feature. The dash is designed with the driver in mind, and digital accessories and gauges are the name of the game. Of course, the 2013 Impreza is chock full of nice features such as cruise control, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio stream, and USB/iPod connectivity. This model is also equipped with options that vary based on the different packages and trim levels.


Safety has always been a high priority in the Subaru family, and the 2013 Impreza is no different. This model is equipped with a full range of airbags, including front side, side curtain, and now, a driver’s knee airbag. Anti-lock brakes and a brake override system are standard on all available models as well. Due to some problems with visibility in the 2012 edition, Subaru redesigned the body style with a great deal of success.

Additionally, this car ranks high in both independent and government crash test ratings.

Driving Experience

Most people are aware of Subaru’s stellar reputation for making high-quality vehicles. In the case of the Impreza, the tradition continues with a powertrain featuring a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. It comes standard coupled with a five-speed manual transmission, and can be ordered with continuous variable transmission (CVT) as an option. In either case, the Impreza offers 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy for the Impreza is 25/34 mpg city/highway with the five-speed manual transmission and 27/36 mpg city/highway with the CVT.

On the road, the Impreza provides a nice ride with responsive steering and impressive handling. There are other vehicle options in this category that may be more fun to drive, but buyers can expect reliability and durability from the Subaru option.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru Impreza

  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Forte
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Mazda MAZDA3

See the New 2014 Impreza.

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