2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
- Standard all-wheel drive delivers secure handling and wet-weather traction
- The cabin is quiet, comfortable and surprisingly roomy for a compact car
- A healthy selection of advanced safety features is available on most trims
- Available manual transmission for those who want to row their own gears
- Hard to match fuel economy estimates in the real world
- Interior materials are of a lower quality than many rivals
- Transmission is loud under heavy loads
- Slow acceleration, even with this generation's more powerful engine
2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Impreza does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
First off, if you're in the market for a traditional compact car with the stable traction provided by all-wheel drive, you can end your search with the 2018 Subaru Impreza. It's the only car in its class to offer it. But you don't need to live in a climate with a lot of rain or snow to appreciate the Impreza. Redesigned just last year, the current-generation model's build quality and technology interface are vastly superior to its predecessor's. Compared to other models in this class, the Impreza is a standout for its stellar handling, roomy cabin, available hatchback body style, and a number of widely available advanced driver aids.
Still, shortcomings in a few key areas might give shoppers pause. The Impreza's most significant drawback is its lackluster powertrain. Though 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque look healthy on the spec sheet, we've found the Impreza is one of the slowest cars in its class. Matters aren't helped by the car's continuously variable automatic transmission. It isn't quick to react to driver inputs, and when it does finally rev the engine high enough for a speed burst, there's not enough power on tap to muster any meaningful acceleration. Constantly shoving the gas pedal just to keep up with traffic means the Impreza also has a hard time meeting its fuel economy estimates in the real world.
If you can overlook the Impreza's engine and transmission deficiencies, though, you'll find a capable small car with plenty of room, a comfortable ride and that enviable all-wheel-drive system.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Subaru Impreza as one of Edmunds' Best AWD Sedans for this year.
Trim levels & features
Like many compacts, the 2018 Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or a four-door hatchback. Features on the four available trims are identical between the two body styles. The base 2.0i is sparsely equipped, but it does have power windows and a touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay capability. The Premium counts alloy wheels and heated seats among its additions. Upgrade to the Sport and you get larger wheels, sporty suspension tuning, keyless entry and ignition, and a larger touchscreen. The Limited keeps some of the Sport's luxury features and adds leather and automatic climate control.
Every Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. (The related, high-performance WRX and WRX STI are reviewed separately.) A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.0i and Sport models, and a continuously variable automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters is optional on those and standard on Premium and Limited trims.
The base 2.0i comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, remote locking and unlocking, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The Premium trim is better equipped, with alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, a sound-reducing windshield, heated front seats, Subaru Starlink services and a six-speaker audio system. The hatchback also adds roof rails and a cargo cover.
An available package combines blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, cornering lights and Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver aids (adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, automatic reverse braking, and lane departure warning and mitigation). A power sunroof is available as a stand-alone option or bundled with the above package.
For drivers who want a more exciting version of the Impreza, there's the Sport. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, unique suspension tuning, keyless entry and ignition, an 8-inch touchscreen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, unique interior and exterior trim, active torque vectoring for improved traction, a CD player, satellite radio and two USB ports.
A package with the blind-spot monitor and sunroof is also available; on the Sport, it further adds an eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. This package can be ordered with or without EyeSight.
At the top of the Impreza range, there's the Limited model. It combines the Premium's features with the Sport tech equipment, further adding 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat and automatic climate control system.
EyeSight, blind-spot monitoring and the sunroof are bundled into a package; it can be ordered with or without the Harman Kardon system and navigation.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4.5
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
Audio & navigation4
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Impreza safety features:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Sounds an audible warning when vehicles are approaching from the side, such as when backing out of a parking space.
- Subaru EyeSight
- Bundles several driver aids, including adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
- Reverse Automatic Braking
- Applies the brakes automatically if a collision is deemed imminent while reversing.
2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback for Sale
Like many compact vehicles, the 2018 Subaru Impreza is sold as a sedan or a four-door hatchback. Its standard all-wheel-drive powertrain not only gives the Impreza the edge around tight mountain switchbacks, but it also keeps the car pointed straight ahead when the road gets wet.
Both Impreza body styles are offered in four distinct trim levels: base 2.0i, Premium, Sport and Limited. The base and Sport models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on those and standard on the Premium and Limited. Under the hood of every model is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower on tap.
The base 2.0i is rather modestly equipped, with highlights that are mostly limited to a height-adjustable driver seat, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. The Premium fares slightly better (and is perfect for colder climates), with alloy wheels, automatic wipers and headlights, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated front seats and a six-speaker audio system.
Upgrade to the Sport and you'll get larger wheels, a rear spoiler, sporty suspension tuning, keyless entry, a larger touchscreen and satellite radio. The top-dog Limited keeps the Sport's luxury items and ditches the sport stuff. It also adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control and a power driver seat. Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver aids is available on all but the base 2.0i. Its features include forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure mitigation and automatic braking if an object is detected in the car's path as it backs up. Blind-spot monitoring is also available.
We like the Impreza for its all-weather handling capabilities, roomy interior and widespread availability of driver aids. There are some drawbacks, including an underpowered engine, subpar cabin materials and real-world fuel economy that differs significantly from EPA estimates. The above issues aside, the Impreza is a fine choice if you need a practical sedan or hatchback and you see your share of inclement weather. Use Edmunds shopping tools to price and find the right 2018 Subaru Impreza for you.
2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Overview
The 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback is offered in the following styles: 2.0i Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and 2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M).
What do people think of the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Impreza Hatchback 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Impreza Hatchback.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Impreza Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including 2.0i Premium, 2.0i, 2.0i Sport, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback?
2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,820. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,987 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,987 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,833.
The average savings for the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Limited 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is6.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,382. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,876 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,876 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,506.
The average savings for the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Sport 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is7.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
The 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,116. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) is trending $940 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $940 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,176.
The average savings for the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) is4.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)Available Inventory:
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