2019 Subaru Impreza Driving Impressions

Good road manners make the Impreza tempting, though acceleration can turn sluggish in highway driving. Fortunately, the CVT performs nicely in urban situations, complemented by snappy gas-pedal responses, producing a sprightly feel at lower speeds. That sensation doesn’t last long, so highway passing is a challenging endeavor and mountain grades can be impossible to surmount.

Imprezas handle well, delivering a comfortable and composed ride. Sharp, suitably-weighted electric power steering helps the Impreza zestfully tackle curvy roads.

Unique suspension and steering tuning in Sport trim adds a bit of joy to the drive, without impairing ride quality by much, but power remains limited. During hard turns, the Sport’s torque vectoring system tightens the inside wheel’s brake caliper.

Lack of a 6th gear in manual transmissions doesn’t help performance and feels imprecise, making the CVT a better choice. The ability to simulate gearchanges, selecting from a series of ratios, helps the CVT feel like a conventional automatic.

Standard all-wheel drive is a particularly welcome benefit, operating seamlessly. Shortage of power, despite the Impreza’s light weight, affects this compact’s ability to force its way through rainstorms and snowdrifts.

Fuel economy excels, for an all-wheel-drive vehicle, though it varies by body style and trim level. The CVT-equipped hatchback is EPA-rated at 28/36 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined. Impreza Sports reduce each of those figures by 1 mpg.

Sedans fare slightly better, EPA-rated at 28/38 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined with CVT, versus 27/36/30 mpg for the Sport. A manual-shift sedan is EPA-rated at 24/32 mpg City/Highway, or /27 mpg Combined, while a comparable Sport manages only 22/30/25 mpg.

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