2022 Subaru Impreza


The Subaru Impreza is back for model year 2022 with a streamlined trim lineup and an additional paint color, Sapphire Blue Pearl. Not only does it offer an inexpensive lineup of well-stocked trim levels, it also has a modern style that’s sure to attract some serious attention. What makes the Impreza unique in the sedan class, though, is that it comes with standard all-wheel drive. This is a perk for many drivers who want the added traction of AWD but would rather not drive a crossover or SUV. There’s also the Impreza 5-Door hatchback, but this page will focus just on the sedan variation.

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Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy

Subaru has streamlined the 2022 Impreza Sedan’s trim lineup to just three: the Base, Premium, and Sport (the Limited has been dropped, although it still exists as the top-of-the-line Impreza 5-Door trim). A 152 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins either a five-speed manual (available on the Base trim only) or continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is standard on the Premium and Sport and optional on the Base. With the manual gearbox, the ’22 Impreza achieves an EPA-rated 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. With the CVT, the Base and Premium pull off 28 city/36 highway, while the Sport executes 27 city/36 highway.

Comfort and Convenience

The base receives some impressive features for an entry-level trim. These include 16-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, roof crossbar mounting points, keyless entry, a front USB port, and a 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback. The Premium comes with fog lights, automatic on/off headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, two selectable drive modes, and dual front USB ports. The Premium also qualifies for the available moonroof, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button ignition, and a PIN entry system.

The Sport loses the fog lights, but it does come with push-button ignition and the PIN entry system. The Sport also outfits a performance-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, body-color side rocker spoilers, a single exhaust port with a stainless tip, a trunk-mounted spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sport cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching, aluminum-alloy pedals, a color multifunction display, and dual rear USB ports. The moonroof and power driver’s seat remain optional.

Driver-Assistive Features and Infotainment

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite is available on the Base and standard on the Premium and Sport. It includes a pre-collision braking system, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist. Blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert is available for the Premium and Sport.

Infotainment in the base is controlled via a 6.5-inch touchscreen that contains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a four-speaker sound system. The Premium adds a six-speaker sound system, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, high-definition radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Sport receives an 8-inch touchscreen and is eligible for an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

2022 Subaru Impreza vs. 2022 Hyundai Elantra

The sedan segment still has some fine contenders in this age of the crossover. The 2022 versions of the Subaru Impreza and Hyundai Elantra continue to attract buyers who prefer this more traditional body style and the efficiency and affordability that goes with it. Since the Impreza and Elantra are rivals, we thought it made sense to look at how they match up in some critical areas.

So, let’s dive into a detailed comparison of these compact four-doors.

Pricing and Variety

While these two cars are closely priced, the Impreza has a slight edge over the Elantra with its $18,795 starting MSRP (the Elantra’s is $19,850). Not only that, but the Impreza has a notable leg up when it comes to options, seeing as it’s available in four trim levels and also comes as a more spacious hatchback body style known as the Impreza 5-Door. The ’22 Elantra is only sold in three trim levels, and it’s not offered as a hatchback. In fact, the Impreza 5-Door hatchback is less expensive than the base Elantra sedan: it begins at $19,295.

Power and Performance

Higher horsepower generally translates to better acceleration, which can be an asset in situations such as when you’re merging onto the highway. While the two models are similar in the performance department, the Impreza still has a slight advantage since its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine creates 152 hp; the Elantra’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder only makes 147 hp. The Impreza also makes more pounds-feet of torque than the Elantra (145 vs. 132). Torque relates to acceleration from a dead stop, so if you need to power away quickly at a standstill, you’ll want a car with more torque.

The 2022 Subaru Impreza also has standard all-wheel drive – a rare feature in this class since most are front-wheel drive like the Elantra. AWD vehicles offer added traction on wet or sandy roads. You can even get a manual transmission, which some drivers prefer, on some versions of the Impreza, while the Elantra is only made as an automatic.

Comfort and Convenience

Ample interior space is necessary for passenger comfort as well as accommodating stuff from groceries to suitcases. The Impreza delivers a tad more passenger space than the Elantra (99.8 cubic feet vs. 99.4 cu. ft.). While that’s a minimal difference, consider the Impreza 5-Door, the hatchback variation: it offers 100.9 cu. ft. of passenger space, including 55.4 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the back seat folded flat (the Elantra’s maximum cargo volume is 14.2 cu. ft.). To top it off, the Impreza is eligible for LED steering-responsive headlights and fog lights. Hyundai doesn’t offer either of those convenient features for the Elantra.

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