Are subaru impreza reliable

Are subaru impreza reliable DEFAULT

Subaru Impreza review - Reliability and Safety

Euro NCAP awarded the Impreza a five-star safety rating when the car was crash tested in , including an impressive 94 per cent for adult occupant safety. Other scores included 89 per cent for child occupant safety, 82 per cent for pedestrian safety, and 68 per cent for safety assist technologies.

Subaru is justifiably proud of its EyeSight technology, which is standard on the Impreza. The technology dates back to when it was launched as the world’s first safety device using stereo cameras. A decade on, EyeSight has been further developed and, in demonstrations, has proved to be very effective.

EyeSight comprises six pre-collision driver assist systems, namely: adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management and steering assist, and lead vehicle start alert.

Blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, multiple airbags, rear cross traffic alert and a reversing camera are fitted as standard, plus you benefit from the security of having permanent four-wheel drive.

Neither Subaru nor the Impreza featured in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but the company has developed a reputation for reliability and good customer service. Many Subaru owners hold on to their cars for long periods, staying loyal to their local dealer. You can buy an Impreza with confidence.


The Subaru Impreza is covered by an excellent five-year/,mile warranty, which rivals the likes of Hyundai and Toyota, and is only two years behind market leader Kia. The bodywork is covered by a year anti-corrosion warranty, while the paintwork is covered for three years.


A problem faced by Subaru owners is a relative lack of dealers – you may have to travel a long distance for servicing and maintenance. Furthermore, when you get there, parts and labour can be more expensive than at a mainstream dealer.

The Impreza requires a service every year or 12, miles, which is more frequent than some of its volume rivals. Also, Subaru doesn’t offer any pre-paid service plans.


Despite its normcore looks, the Subaru Impreza has long found credibility in enthusiast circles thanks to its association with the rally-inspired WRX model. But the latest Impreza, which rides on the Subaru Global Platform, doesn’t have much to do with the World Rally Championship these days. In hatchback form, it now seems much more closely related to the Crosstrek quasi-crossover than the turbocharged WRX sedan, which is still based on the previous-generation Impreza and won't migrate to the new platform until the or model year.

Nevertheless, the Impreza had plenty to recommend it when it first arrived on our doorstep. Subaru promised this new platform would improve the model’s ride and handling compared with that of previous generations. A manual transmission is still standard, although we chose the more popular continuously variable automatic (CVT) for our test. This small hatchback, with 21 cubic feet of cargo space, rivals the hauling ability of some SUVs. And the standard all-wheel drive served us well when our first weekend with the Impreza brought a late-season snowstorm.

With all those marks in its favor, the Impreza made a strong first impression. Our Sport-trim example came with brake-based torque vectoring and inch wheels (lesser models make do with 16s), and early comments praised the Impreza's firm ride and accurate steering. The CVT earned accolades for its convincing imitation of a traditional automatic. During the break-in period, before we probed the upper limits of the tachometer, we were impressed with the Impreza's strong initial throttle response.

The adaptive-cruise-control system (part of a $ package that also includes automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, a sunroof, and an eight-speaker audio system) earned our seal of approval. Associate online editor Joseph Capparella called the system "intuitive" after a trip to Ohio, adding that it "never reacts abruptly." This stood in contrast to our contemporaneous long-term Honda Civic, in which the adaptive cruise drew complaints for approaching other vehicles too quickly, applying the brakes too hard, and allowing too large a gap between itself and the car ahead. The Subaru's lane-departure warning, however, annoyed us with its loud and frequent beeping.

Excitement began to fade once the Impreza's break-in period elapsed. Free to explore the car's full performance range, we found that there wasn't much we hadn't already discovered. The run to 60 mph took seconds, and the Impreza's foot stop from 70 mph was similarly mediocre. Its g of skidpad grip trailed not only that of our long-term Civic but also that of our previous long-term Impreza, a hatchback that notched g in the same test.

Perhaps that explains why, after trips to Virginia and southern Ohio in the first few months of its stay, the Impreza was largely relegated to commuter duty through much of the busy summer road-trip season. Drivers who did take the Impreza farther afield remained impressed by the cavernous cargo hold but bemoaned the car's need for constant steering corrections on the highway and its submpg average fuel economy.

Once the Impreza rounded the halfway mark in its 40,mile journey, more negative logbook comments appeared. One author criticized the weak headlights, another decried the lack of wheelspin in the snow (though Subaru's more temperate clientele may count that as a benefit), and many complained that the Impreza was too slow. As assistant technical editor Maxwell Mortimer put it: "The phrase ‘pedal to the metal’ usually refers to enjoyable, spirited driving. However, in the Impreza, it refers to any time one needs any sort of meaningful acceleration."

Our Impreza may not have thrilled us, but its service record was nearly impeccable, requiring very few unscheduled trips to the dealer. At 26, miles, the driver's seatback began to rock back and forth. After diagnosing a loose connection between the seat-bottom frame bushings and the seat rails, the dealer ordered replacement parts and installed them free of charge. A month later, an obnoxious humming noise was resolved when the dealer determined the left-rear wheel bearing was worn out and replaced it. Aside from a bent wheel ($) and some scrapes that needed mending just before the Impreza was sent away ($), there were no other issues to speak of.

The Impreza's record was clean during its stay with us, but its total service cost ($) was more than the Civic's. The Subaru's service visits were only about $10 more expensive on average than the Honda's, but the Impreza's mile service intervals meant that it made more trips to the dealer during its stay with us compared to the Civic, which has a 10,mile interval.

When it finally left our offices for good, 18 months after it had arrived, the Impreza was not mourned. Not because anyone had detested it, but because many editors had simply ceased to think of it at all. And it was never the first choice for road trips.

Boring may be the enemy of the auto journalist, but it's exactly what many buyers want. So while we can't truthfully say that we'll miss the Impreza, we can wholeheartedly recommend it to shoppers who are looking for a car that is reliable, versatile, and relatively affordable. We hear there's a nice one on the market, lightly used with all its records in order. Only 30 previous drivers.

Months in Fleet: 18 months Current Mileage: 40, miles
Average Fuel Economy: 28 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: gal Observed Fuel Range: miles
Service:$ Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $

WHAT WE LIKE: Just over a year into our test of the Subaru Impreza, the 30,mile malaise has set in, and positive logbook comments have grown few and far between. What praise there is has, at least, been consistent. Way back at 12, miles, associate online editor Greg Fink declared the Impreza’s Starlink system “seriously one of the best touchscreen infotainment systems in the business.” While 18, miles later the bloom has fallen off the rose for many editors, Fink stands firm. “Is there a better overall infotainment system available today?” he ponders. His affection is not misplaced: The Impreza’s touch controls are large and easy to pinpoint while driving, and the menu setup is simple. It even did well in our test of touchscreen response times, earning a Good rating while several competitors managed only Poor.

We like driving much better than we like fiddling with even the best touchscreens, however, and after a particularly snowy Michigan winter we can now faithfully attest to this Subie’s prowess when the going gets slippery. Buyer’s Guide senior editor Rich Ceppos drove the Impreza to Wisconsin during a snowstorm and came away impressed by the unflappability of Subaru’s famous all-wheel-drive system abetted by a set of excellent Michelin X-Ice winter tires. This steely confidence in the face of adversity has become Subaru’s hallmark of late; it’s not unusual to hear Michiganders in search of a new car say that a Subaru is the only brand they will consider. Never mind that virtually any all-wheel-drive car—or two-wheel-drive car, for that matter—with decent winter tires and functional ABS and traction-control systems would perform similarly well. Safety in bad weather is now a cornerstone of the Subaru mystique, and after what seemed like an interminable winter regularly punctuated by blizzards or blizzard-like events, we can’t argue with owners’ sense of security. The Impreza is entirely unshakable in inclement weather. Which brings us to . . .

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: The Impreza is too good in the snow. Or, rather, not good enough at playing in the snow. Here’s some more context from Ceppos’s Wisconsin adventure: “It’s virtually impossible to have any fun behind the wheel of the Impreza, even on snow. You can do full-throttle launches on the white stuff with no wheelspin. Ugh.” That “ugh” was echoed by Josh Jacquot, reviews editor and owner of a Subaru Impreza RS race car, who took our Impreza to a snowy cul-de-sac in hopes of ripping off a few donuts and came away dejected after his young daughter said that she had preferred the previous week’s joyride in an Audi A4.

WHAT WENT WRONG: After 11 almost entirely trouble-free months, the Impreza has begun to feel the effects of age. At around 26, miles, people began to notice a slight rocking in the driver’s seat. A trip to the dealer validated our concerns, and the seat-bottom assembly and both driver’s-side seat rails were replaced under warranty. Shortly after the seat was fixed, a high-pitched whining noise developed. One driver thought the sound was coming from the HVAC fan motor, another referred to it as unspecified “driveline noise,” but virtually everyone who drove the Impreza during this period complained. A trip back to the dealer showed a worn wheel bearing in the left-rear wheel. The dealer had the parts on hand and seemed somewhat less than surprised to discover the problem, which was fixed under warranty. In the time since our last update, the Impreza has also had two oil changes, a tire rotation, and received new cabin and engine air filters as part of its regularly scheduled maintenance, which cost $ for one visit and $ for the other. And we ditched the winter tires for Yokohama all-seasons in late February, just in time for a late-season snowstorm to drop several more inches of heavy snow on the upper Midwest. Yes, the car did fine.

WHERE WE WENT: Winter makes homebodies of us all, and the Impreza hasn’t traveled far afield since it returned from its sojourn in Montana. Trips to Wisconsin, northern Indiana, and Ohio helped add miles, but we look forward to longer journeys as summer road-trip season approaches.

Months in Fleet: 14 months Current Mileage: 30, miles
Average Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Fuel Tank Size: gal Fuel Range: miles
Service: $ Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

WHAT WE LIKE: We’re eight months and halfway through our Lapis Blue Subaru Impreza’s 40,mile marathon. The Impreza’s low beltline and generous sightlines tend to compensate for the car’s low stance. Brake feel is good, if a little aggressive at first hit, and the steering is also appropriately weighted and accurate, with excellent on-center feel. (The car is, however, no portrait of liveliness.) Also drawing favorable comments, the Impreza’s adaptive cruise control is subtle but vigilant, closely matching what would have been the driver’s own reactions.

When this hatchback’s rear seats are flattened, the cargo bay is beyond generous. Items 60 inches long—even a little north of that—will slide into the Impreza’s maw. Outdoorsmen intending to sleep back there will be disappointed, but if you bend your knees you could pull it off for an uncomfortable night or two. Well, one. One would be better.

The ride/handling trade-off shows evidence of conscientious engineers at work, with the car remaining flat and composed in all but the most spirited driving. There is a level of impact harshness, however, that borders on flinty, likely the result of those low-profile tires that look like rubber bands wrapped around thimbles. On the topic of ride, most logbook comments lean toward the favorable, but it varies with the quality of road surfaces. Moreover, the front tires can wander distractedly when road surfaces become, shall we say, scrofulous.

Buyer’s Guide senior editor Rich Ceppos summarized, “It feels like a lot of the lessons learned from making the WRX have filtered down to the ‘civilian’ models.” He’s right, but that doesn’t mean this Impreza is a joyful lark of sportiness. It isn’t, especially as the fun-to-drive quotient tumbles further and further down the list of consumer priorities. Subaru noticed. The Impreza is more utile than frolicsome.

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: Saying that this continuously variable automatic transmission is “better than most” is a little like saying, “That rattlesnake over there looks surprisingly friendly.” Nonetheless, vast distances accrue without the CVT drawing attention to itself, and if it doesn’t satisfy then there’s always the modest enjoyment of batting at the paddle shifters, pretending to row through seven gears. What inevitably intrudes, however, is not only the expected but tolerable CVT drone but also a whooshy jet-engine exhaust note that is almost unbearable between and rpm. What happened to the old trademark flat-four Subie growl? Gone, all gone.

Subaru has dialed in a level of throttle tip-in that can be abrupt, lending the car a faux sporty feel in stop-and-go traffic, and it takes some practice to compensate for it. Of course, if you dig deeply in the throttle, you’ll discover there’s nobody home. Notes in the logbook regularly echo a sentiment similar to this: “With 50 extra horses, it would go as well as its appearance suggests.” Some editors reckoned 20 extra horsepower would suffice, but no one has been satisfied with the hp status quo.

Subaru claims this car’s ground clearance is inches, but it sure looks less than that, especially on the P/40R Yokohama Avid S34s. Remember, all-wheel drive is useful, but when snow accumulates deep enough to drag across a majority of the floorpan, the cessation of forward motion is often nigh. Which, of course, is an argument in favor of the Impreza’s sibling, the Crosstrek. While we’re picking nits, forget this car’s $ auto-dimming mirror package. Way overpriced. Are compasses in Lafayette, Indiana, really that dear?

WHAT WENT WRONG: At miles, the Impreza got off to a wobbly start, answering a recall to update the software controlling its radiator fan. But it’s been a champ since. We’ve treated the car to three oil-change/general-maintenance services for a total of $, and we swapped its all-season rubber for Michelin winter tires at 15, miles. Nothing else has required mechanical attention, nor have we added any fluids.

WHERE WE WENT: Our long-term Impreza has mostly performed myriad errands and short-duty assignments around Ann Arbor, for which, arguably, this vehicle is best suited. It then visited southern Ohio and Virginia before crossing the country to serve at our official Montana Desk in the Bitterroot Mountains, where its all-wheel drive became familiar with gravel roads and grades steep enough to depress sheep. In that service, the Impreza luckily avoided the worst of the mud and all but a few snowflakes. It did, however, wend its way to one of this country’s best-preserved ghost towns, in Bannack, Montana—an unmolested array of bars, assay offices, brothels, the works—from which it returned as dust encrusted as a dead cowboy’s hat. The car further flourished throughout a week touring San Juan Island, off the Washington coast, where it served as an airy camera platform for photographing killer whales and seals. As we speak, the Impreza is back home in Michigan for winter, rooting for the Wolverines, whose traditional colors the Subaru half matches. —John Phillips

Months in Fleet: 8 months Current Mileage: 21, miles
Average Fuel Economy: 29 mpg Fuel Tank Size: gal Fuel Range: miles
Service: $ Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

WHAT WE LIKE: A car that can fit in compact parking spaces and swallow tons of gear? Count us in. Since joining our fleet this spring, our blue Subaru Impreza has carried luggage for four, equipment for a person painting party, and supplies for a weeklong beach vacation (all separate occasions, mind you). We’ve had fun on the way to these events, too, as our early appreciation for the Impreza’s on-road agility and compliant ride has not faded.In an unexpected twist, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has garnered its own share of praise, thanks to the stepped upshifts it employs in a convincing mimicry of a conventional automatic transmission. Subaru’s EyeSight system is another high point. The optional adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist handle lane changes and city traffic better than many comparable systems we’ve tried. Crucially, the systems allow the Impreza to follow other cars closely enough that opportunistic drivers can’t squeeze into the gaps in front of us, and both acceleration and braking are smooth, natural, and appropriately timed.

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: Since making it past the break-in period, we’ve had the chance to acquaint ourselves with the upper register of the liter flat-four’s rev range, and we’re a little disappointed. The Impreza’s throttle mapping means that it feels quick off the line, but pressing the pedal farther fails to add much oomph, and the engine feels overworked and underpowered at speed. With four adults and luggage on board, this little hatchback struggled to maintain speed over hills on a trip across the Blue Ridge Mountains, and long highway journeys have inspired discontent; the Impreza wanders disobediently in its lane and requires frequent minor corrections. Our fuel economy is sitting at 28 mpg overall, 2 mpg below the EPA’s combined rating. This might be the price we’re paying for standard all-wheel drive and a CVT that acts so much like a conventional automatic, but we’re unwilling to write a free pass. Our long-term Honda Civic has taught us that a good CVT can coexist with parsimony.


WHAT WENT WRONG: Nothing at all. A trip to the dealer for a scheduled oil change and tire rotation at miles left us $77 lighter, but otherwise life with the Impreza has been worry free.

WHERE WE WENT: Mostly, we’ve stayed near home, with two trips each to western Michigan and Ohio and one jaunt to Illinois. The Impreza’s first major trip was to Virginia International Raceway as a support vehicle for our annual Lightning Lap track-test bonanza, but, alas, no one was inspired to record a lap time. —Annie White

Months in Fleet: 4 months Current Mileage: 10, miles
Average Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Fuel Tank Size: gal Fuel Range: miles
Service: $77 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

There’s a new Midwesterner at our Ann Arbor offices, and it’s not a product of the Big Three. The vehicle in question is the progeny of Japan but hails from the state that bills itself the Crossroads of America, brags that it’s the country’s second-largest producer of popcorn, and is the site of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home: You know, Indiana. We’ve taken ownership of a brand-new Subaru Impreza (a hatch, natch), and we’re holding on until the clock hits 40, miles.

The Impreza is new from stem to stern this year. Even the bones are different, asthis is the first car to useSubaru’s new Global Platform architecture.The Impreza’s sole engine is a hp liter flat-four,newly direct injected for in an upgrade that adds four horsepower over the previous model. A five-speed manual is still the base transmission, while a continuously variable automatic is optional; all-wheel drive remains standard. Subaru’s design team has fashioned a new look for the Impreza, adding more character lines, redesigning the taillights, and giving the hatchback a wider opening.


Subaru has been on an extended sales hot streak, posting eight consecutive years of record-breaking numbers. Demand for the new Impreza was up 33 percent in the first quarter of compared with sales of the previous generation a year ago, and its early adoption of Subaru’s new platform makes the Impreza a perfect test case with which to evaluate the strength of the company’s boom-time offerings.

We selected, as most buyers will, a hatchback CVT version of the Impreza. The second-from-the-top Sport trim may not be as universal a choice, but we were drawn to its torque-vectoring functionality, which seeks to capitalize on the Impreza’s stiffened structure for improved handling. The Sport model also wears inch wheels rather than the standard inchers.


For $, we added a power sunroof, an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, and Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance package. Pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring are all included in the EyeSight package. Choosing the CVT added $ to our bottom line. Those options plus auto-dimming mirrors and all-weather floor mats brought the final tally to $27,

The first weekend in our fresh Imprezabrought a late-winter snowstorm, the perfect playground for a Subaru. Fun was slightly limited as we were still accumulating break-in mileage, but the little Subie was sure-footed on the slick, unplowed roads we encountered.


With snow days now mercifully behind us (we hope), the Impreza must rely on other traits to impress drivers. Thus far, its charms seem plentiful, with drivers almost universally complimentary about its solid ride and quick steering. Complaining about CVTs is a favorite pastimeof C/D editors, but so far the Impreza’s has mostly avoided comment, although that may change as the miles pile up. The cloth-upholstered interior and manual climate controls—we’d expect automatic controls at this price—have inspired the bulk of negative logbook comments and have been unfavorably compared with the finer fittings in our similarly priced long-term Honda Civic.

We took the Impreza to the dealer at miles for a recall on the software that controls the cooling fan. The fix was quick and free, which we hope will set a tone for any future visits. With few miles on the clock, there’s plenty of ground yet to cover in our long-term Impreza. Thousands of miles of summer road trips, morning drop-offs, and evening commutes undoubtedly will tease out issues large and small, so we’ll see whether the Impreza deserves to surpass popcorn as a source of Hoosier pride. —Annie White

Months in Fleet: 1 month Current Mileage: miles
Average Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Fuel Tank Size: gal Fuel Range: miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0



VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $27, (base price: $20,)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: cu in, cc
Power: hp @ rpm
Torque: lb-ft @ rpm

TRANSMISSION: continuously variable automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: in
Length: in
Width: in
Height: in
Passenger volume: 97 cu ft
Cargo volume: 21 cu ft
Curb weight: lb

Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ 84 mph
Top speed (drag limited): mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad: g

Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ 85 mph
Top speed (drag limited): mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad: g

Observed: 28 mpg
Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt

Combined/city/highway: 30/27/35 mpg

3 years/36, miles bumper to bumper;
5 years/60, miles powertrain;
5 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection;
3 years/36, miles miles roadside assistance




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How reliable is a Subaru Impreza?

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Nicholas Hinrichsen - Published: October 15,

There is much more that impacts the cost of car ownership than just the sticker price or MSRP. When buying a car most people have an easy means to find the MPG or fuel economy, fuel costs, registration fees, and insurance premiums as part of their average car annual costs - how do you know how to find maintenance costs?


Most people know that certain brands have good cars that are reliable (Honda) and others are very unreliable (Land Rover). While these associations are often grounded in fact - there’s far more data we can use to determine which Hondas (e.g. the Honda Civic vs. Ridgeline) are reliable and which Land Rovers (e.g. the Evoque vs. Range Rover Sport) are unreliable.

How reliable is a Subaru Impreza and what are the expected maintenance costs?

To look into your specific vehicle’s maintenance costs we’ve developed some aggregated data from RepairPal, Warranty companies, and long-term quality studies to determine both maintenance costs and the overall reliability of a Subaru Impreza and compared its results across other makes and models. In this article we’ll examine:

  • How reliable overall is a Subaru Impreza?

  • What is the overall maintenance cost of a Subaru Impreza?

  • How frequently does a Subaru Impreza require maintenance?

  • How likely is the Subaru Impreza to have a severe repair issue?

  • What are different factors that impact maintenance cost?

  • How reliable is Subaru Impreza over the long term and in the real world?

Some vehicles may appear to be a smart purchase due to low down payments and purchase prices, however you should do some research on exactly how much the car will cost you throughout each year. This article writes about the details of the true cost of maintenance of a Subaru Impreza in order to answer these above questions to save you time and money. 

Overall Reliability Ratings: Is The Subaru Impreza Reliable?

Overall the Subaru Impreza reliability is and that makes it not very reliable. The chart below illustrates exactly how this ranks compared to some other cars, but the average overall rating is 57 as some comparison.

This data is based on a mix of examining the cost and frequency of maintenance, the warranty coverage, and by looking at long-term reliability by looking at how long these vehicles are typically kept on road. Keep in mind this comparison is amongst all cars, not just compact or subcompact cars in the same class as the Subaru Impreza.


You might notice these figures differ substantially than those you might find in J.D. Power or Consumer Reports. Most publications look at reported issues in the first months of ownership to the dealership (such as JD Power), or ask for owners biased reviews over longer term cycles of their new vehicles. This study instead looks at real world repair costs and frequencies from repair shops and wholesale auction data.

Annual Maintenance Cost of a Subaru Impreza

Overall - the Subaru Impreza has yearly car maintenance costs total to $ .  The table below shows a complete ranking of how various cars rank in this overall system as some comparison. Given that the Subaru Impreza has an average of $ and that the average vehicle costs $ annual the Impreza is substantially cheaper to maintain.

How Frequently Does a Subaru Impreza require maintenance?

To examine the frequency of major maintenance we examined how many times the vehicle needed major unscheduled maintenance over a 3 year span. This “major” maintenance item is an expensive system breakage (generally a part or a component with pricing over $1,) that requires repair. 

It should be noted that while we examine this data on a make model basis, driving habits, condition, and mileage obviously impact results. Each vehicle requires maintenance at different frequencies. Older vehicles may need more frequent services, while new cars can go longer without as much attention. 

You can tell how long a vehicle can go without maintenance services by its frequency score. A frequency score tells us how many times per 3 year span a specific vehicle requires major maintenance. The score is presented over a 3 year span - so for example, if a car has a maintenance frequency score of 3, then this car requires major services every year. The closer the frequency score is to 0, the longer amount of time it can go without major maintenance services. 

A Subaru Impreza has a frequency score of This compares to an industrial average of , so on that implies the Subaru Impreza is substantially better than average. The chart below gives a breakdown of all makes/models. 

It’s worth pointing out that there are lots of reliable vehicles that may also require frequent, but affordable maintenance. Many domestic brands for example require higher maintenance visits, but at a cheaper overall cost (since labor and parts expense are typically cheaper for domestic brands). This doesn’t mean the car breaks less often, but does indicate that when the vehicle has issues its very easy to fix - which is arguably even more important.

Severity of Repair and how it impacts overall reliability for the Subaru Impreza

Some repairs can be outliers as they cost way more than the average repair cost. To identify these “big deal” repairs where an engine, transmission, or major component needs replacing, RepairPal uses a severity score for their consumer reports and reliability rating.


You can use a vehicle’s severity score to determine how likely that specific make and model will have a major issue. Severity scores are given as percents, with a score closer to % showing the vehicle is very likely to need major repairs. 

These scores are especially important for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who enforces the safety standards to reduce vehicle-related accidents; vehicles in need of repair are a hazard to the driver and everyone else.

Specifically for the Subaru Impreza, this vehicle has a severity score of 17%% compared to an average of 12% for all vehicle models. 

Please note - severity score is a very good indicator of whether or not you might want to purchase an extended warranty. Extended warranties don’t make economic sense most of the time, but they do help avoid high-cost catastrophic events. 

Long term reliability and the “Keep on Road” score of the Subaru Impreza.

Although reliability encompasses many things, there is a score from Dashlight that seeks to give a good overall impression of an owners ability to “keep on the road”. This study looks at trade-in vehicles both in terms of overall mileage, and the number of reported “red light” issues for those trade-in and auction vehicles.


A red-light issue is when there are major engine, transmission, or other powertrain issues that require substantial repairs. This index is good for a couple reasons shown in the 2 x 2 chart below:

Cost / Frequency to Repair 




Low frequency of issues, and when they do occur they will likely be remedied so few cars will be traded in with issues

Although repairs are low in frequency, because they are very high cost its likely many trade-in cars will show these major issues


Although repairs are frequent, the low cost of repairs means few cars are traded in with issues

Highly likely cars will be traded in with a high frequency of major issues

So in essence this is a good estimate of how expensive it is to keep a car on the road reliably vs. getting a newer car. It's also a good metric to balance out the superior reliability of some brands (e.g. Lexus) with the cheaper cost to repair some domestic brands (e.g. Ford).


Overall the Subaru Impreza has a long term quality rating of compared to an average of 43 across Makes and Models we examined. Please note this is not compared amongst cars from the same bodystyle (e.g. hatchback) or class (e.g. subcompact) or size (e.g. small cars) but amongst all cars.


Factors That Impact Maintenance Cost

There are a number of things that impact the exact maintenance costs of your Subaru Impreza. Generally these fit into a few main categories:

  1. The region and driving conditions in which the car is used

  2. The preventive maintenance the car receives

  3. The exact trim levels, configuration, transmission, and options and packages on the vehicle

The region and driving conditions

Would you rather buy a delivery van from Boston or a one owner van from a Grandma in rural Southern California only driven to church? Usage has a lot to do with expected vehicle maintenance costs, and in general the harsher the driving conditions, the more maintenance required. 



Warm temperate weather

Hwy cruising commutes 

Unsalted roads

Smooth level roads

Extreme Heat or Cold

Stop and Go Traffic, short trips

Salted Roads (de-icing)

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The Preventive and Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance costs and requirements depend on your vehicle’s make and model. These routine maintenance costs will likely help you avoid the higher costs of unscheduled maintenance. Most of the time - you can explore your vehicle maintenance schedule located in the car owner’s manual in the glove compartment to find out which maintenance services your car requires and how often these services need to be done. 

Thanks to modern computerization and mechanical improvements to the design of the engine, new vehicles require less upkeep than ever before. Nonetheless, as a general rule of thumb here’s some general maintenance expenses:

Basic maintenance factors include:

  • Oil Change: It is standard to change a vehicle’s engine oil every three months or between every 5, to 7, miles. 

  • Tire rotation: Because a car’s front two tires bear most of the vehicle’s weight, a tire rotation is needed to spread this stress evenly on all tires. It is recommended to rotate your vehicle’s tires with every oil change.

  • Multipoint inspection:

    • It is recommended to get the following inspected each oil change

    • AAA auto insurance offers free multipoint inspections

    • Fluid levels

    • Hoses

    • Inflation pressure

    • Tire tread depth

    • Battery

    • Belts

    • Air filters

In addition to these basic maintenance requirements, vehicles often require some wearable car part replacements that ultimately affect ride quality. As your car gets older in model years or if it is a used car, you might notice replacement costs starting to rise. For example, your Subaru Impreza might also require replacements. Your average yearly cost of owning will also rise in effect to age. Also, more expensive cars are made of pricier parts, which can be more costly to replace. Replacement and car repair costs include but are not limited to:


  • Tires:

    • Checks tires once a month for cracks or tears

    • You can also use the penny test to check the tread depth of your tires

  • Wiper blades:

    • The rubber in the blades is upgradeable over time

    • Recommended to be changed every 6 to 12 months

  • Engine filters:

    • Stops dirt and debris from clouding your engine

    • Should be replaced every 20, to 60, miles

  • Brake pads: recommended to be changed every 30, to 50, miles

  • Car Batteries

  • Engine transmission: check whether your reliable car has an automatic transmission or manual transmission (e.g. six-speed manual) or CVT (continuously variable transmission) 

The exact trim levels, configuration, and options and packages on the vehicle

While we treated all [MAKE] [MODEL] the same in this article - sometimes maintenance costs vary quite highly depending on the exact trim level (e.g. LX, EX-L, EX on most Honda models), engine configured (e.g. the fuel efficient four-cylinder engine BMW is more reliable than the six cylinder turbo), standard features (e.g. airbags, sunroof, etc), as well as additional options (e.g. leather seats, heated steering wheel) and packages (e.g. technology package, utility package) the vehicle has (Toyota infotainment touchscreens in were not highly reliable).

Although it's not a steadfast rule - the more moving parts, options and packages your vehicle has the more likely these items are to need repair. E.g. a vehicle equipped with Bluetooth, climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, touch screen infotainment system, and NHTSA/IIHS approved active safety features (blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning) has more items to break than a base-level Nissan Sentra with just a steering wheel and AM/FM radio. If you opt for the four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), rather than front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive models this too is likely to cause additional complications.

In addition, for styling,  trim levels for the higher horsepower sport models are more likely to be “pushing” the limits of their mechanical components than lower priced based models. The BMW M5 as an example had notorious engine and transmission issues for a very advanced, highly complex V10 powertrain. The base model 5 series (more tuned for good epa gas mileage) was far more reliable.


Will having back seats increase your maintenance costs?

When deciding on the best car for you, it’s important to note the amount of legroom and overall cargo space available to you that will fit your lifestyle. Due to the technology and build of the larger vehicles now, maintenance costs to do not vary that much from SUVs to sedans. A sedan will usually have a lower CPM than most SUVs, mainly due to the higher cost of tires and brake repairs.


However, these prices do not deviate that much from one another to detract from the roomy vehicle with foldable rear seats you could have. If you’re a large family, a three-row car is definitely worth the maintenance costs, but if you’re short on a budget and don’t use your car much, only having a first row (Smart car) may work for you. 

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The Truth About Subaru

The Impreza is a compact car first manufactured by Subaru in as a model year for  

Available in either sedan or hatchback form, the Impreza&#;s base model comes with all-wheel-drive, plenty of cabin room, and a liter Boxer engine that produces hp.

With an MSRP starting at$18,, can the modestly priced Impreza withstand the test of time?

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into exactly how many years of service you can expect from the Subaru Impreza...

Here is the short answer to how long do Subaru Impreza last:

The Subaru Impreza is a durable vehicle and on average can last between , miles and , miles which gives it an estimated lifespan of 13 &#; 17 years based on an annual mileage of 15, miles. This is dependent on taking good care of your vehicle and adopting good driving habits.

How Many Miles Can You Expect from a Subaru Impreza?

Japanese automakers have a solid reputation for building cars that are built to last, and falling under this umbrella, the Impreza is no different. Subaru was placed 8th out 26 automakers in the US for reliability according to a survey by Consumer Reports.

On average we think its reasonable to expect between , and , miles from your Impreza which equates to well over a decade of service. These vehicles are durable and will last between 13 and 17 years of service before breaking down or needing expensive repairs.

Vehicle longevity can vary greatly and ultimately its down to the owner to get the most life from their car.

Boy racers who drive in a fast and aggressive manner and fail to keep oil levels topped up can expect to see our projected numbers reduced whilst conservative drivers who practice regular maintenance might even see the K mark.

To get the most out of your Subaru Impreza:

  • Drive smoothly. This includes smooth braking and smooth acceleration. This puts less stress on components and reduces wear and tear.
  • Carry out basic car maintenance habitually &#; this includes things such as ensuring fluids are topped up and tire pressures are correct.
  • Equally important is keeping up to date with factory scheduled maintenance &#; this specific information can be found in your vehicle&#;s manual.

How Soon Should You Expect Rust on a Subaru Impreza? 

Older model years of the Subaru Impreza, ranging from the late ’90s to early ’00s can be found suffering from severe body-panel rust and undercarriage corrosion. 

A particularly dangerous rust problem known as “Blob rust” plagues Impreza models from , , and specifically. 

Although the current trend of automobiles suggests that rusting occurs less in newer vehicles, newer model years of Impreza, , , and , in particular, have been reported to accumulate rust in relatively low mileage. 

Because of this compact car&#;s history of rust issues, we believe that investing in a ceramic coating can go a long way toward keeping your Impreza rust-free for as long as possible.

Alternatively, rust-proofing sprays are widely available and are designed to protect your undercarriage and exposed metal parts. Sprays form a layer to guard against moisture and air and help combat rust due to their anti corrosion properties.

For areas subject to heavy snowfall, such as the Salt Belt States and regions close to the sea, we recommend taking extra precautions to mitigate rust, primarily keeping the vehicle clean.

Salt buildup on vehicle surfaces is corrosive, and the sand, dirt and snow that accumulate can trap moisture in wheel wells and underbody structures.

Regular car washes, rustproofing sprays, keeping the car’s interior dry, and ceramic coating for a longer-term investment are all standard rust proofing and preventative measures to consider.

You may also be interested in our article: Subaru Impreza in snow and winter driving

How Long Does the Subaru Impreza Last Compared to Similar Car Models?

The Subaru Impreza stands out in the sedan/hatchback segment by offering standard AWD, the same drive-train found in Subaru’s famous rally cars. On top of good fuel economy and an affordable entry price, the Impreza also caters to those looking for an engaging driving experience. 

In this section, we&#;ll see how the Subaru Impreza compares to its rivals.

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic

While a long-lasting car in its own right, the Impreza’s ,mile lifespan is outperformed by the Civic. 

Similar to the Impreza, the Honda Civic also comes in both sedan and hatchback form. However, the Civic has been well-known for boasting an average lifespan of , miles, or 20 years of service. 

The annual maintenance cost of the Honda Civic is $, which makes it a significant $ cheaper than the $ maintenance cost of the Subaru Impreza. 

The Honda Civic&#;s reliability is one of its biggest advantages over the Impreza. The Civic ranks 3rd in the compact car category with a reliability score of out of 5. 

The Subaru Impreza falls behind on the Repair Pal reliability rating scorecard with out of 5, ranking it at 33rd out of 36 compact cars. 

Subaru Impreza vs. Toyota Corolla

There has yet to be a sedan, or any commercial vehicle for that matter, that has been able to dethrone the Toyota Corolla’s legacy as the most reliable, long-lasting car on the market. 

The Toyota Corolla boasts an average lifespan of , miles across all generations. This means that the Corolla will last almost an entire decade longer than the Impreza which has a life expectancy of , &#; , miles. 

Honda Civic costs $ for annual maintenance, making it a considerable $ less expensive than Subaru Impreza&#;s $ maintenance cost.

With a reliability rating of out of 5, the Toyota Corolla ranks 1st out of 36 compact cars, while the Impreza falls far behind with a rating of just , ranking it 33rd.

Subaru Impreza vs. Mazda 3

The Subaru Impreza and Mazda 3 both feature AWD and are available in either sedan or hatchback configurations. 

Both compact cars have a long lifetime, the Mazda 3 is on par with the Impreza with an estimated lifespan of , &#; , miles.

Annual maintenance costs for the Mazda 3 are far below the average for compact cars at only $

When compared to the $ yearly maintenance bill of the Impreza, the Mazda 3 is $ cheaper. 

The Mazda 3 ranks within the top 10 in the compact car category in terms of reliability, with a Repair Pal rating of out of 5. 

On the other hand, the Subaru Impreza falls behind, ranking 33rd out of 36, with a rating of out of 5 from the same organization. 

You may also be interested in our article: Mazda 3 in snow and winter drivingand how long do Mazda3 last?

How Reliable is a Subaru Impreza?

The Impreza isn&#;t the most reliable car on the market, however it is not the worst by any stretch of the imagination &#; we would suggest it is a fairly reliable vehicle.

  • According to Repair Pal, the Subaru Impreza ranks just 33rd out of 36 compact cars, with a reliability rating of out of 5. 
  • Cars.USNews gave the Impreza its lowest possible predicted reliability rating of two out of five.
  • J.D. Power rated the Impreza as having average reliability with a score of 74/

If reliability is you main criteria then this might not be the optimum choice of car for you.

The Best and Worst Years of the Subaru Impreza

The Impreza has received fluctuating amounts of negative owner feedback over the years, however from our research we would suggest purchasing brand new to to reduce the chance of encountering any issues, although several model years have experienced relatively low complaints.

According to Car Complaints’ extensive database, ranks as the worst model year of the Subaru Impreza. Owners reported sudden, unintended acceleration on a regular basis. This problem cost an average of $4, to repair and occurred at an average of just 40, miles. 

  • A spike in complaints can be observed in and with 20 and 49 complaints respectively.
  • Another spike can be observed in and with 30 and and 15 complaints respectively.

Data shows the number of complaints has been on a downward trend in recent years which shows Subaru has been working hard to iron out the Impreza&#;s imperfections.

Other problems found primarily in model years include:

  • Engine problems
  • Window/windshield problems
  • Clutch problems
  • Cooling system malfunction 
  • Transmission problems

Below is a table showing the number of complaints made against the Impreza, data is collected from Car Complaints.

Model YearNo. of complaints

What About Recalls?

The Impreza has been entirely free of recalls in recent years.

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) deems that a vehicle or one or more of its components creates an unreasonable safety risk or does not meet minimum safety requirements – recall related problems are fixed free of charge.

To find out if your Impreza has been subject to a recall, you can use the recall search bar on the Subaru website, by simply entering in your vehicle VIN number.

Here is the full list of recalls:

  • 3 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 4 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 4 recalls
  • 4 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 6 recalls
  • 6 recalls
  • 6 recalls
  • 4 recalls
  • 9 recalls
  • 8 recalls 
  • 14 recalls
  • 14 recall
  • 14 recalls
  • 13 recalls 
  • 6 recalls
  • 4 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 2 recalls
  • 1 recalls
  • 3 recalls
  • 1 recall
  • 1 recall
  • 0 recalls
  • recalls

Subaru Impreza Model Year List

Here is a full list of model years for the Subaru Impreza:

1st Generation

  • Subaru Impreza 
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza

2nd Generation

  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza

3rd Generation

  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza

4th Generation

  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza

5th Generation

  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Impreza

Is the Subaru Impreza Expensive to Maintain? 

The Subaru Impreza will cost an average of $ a year to maintain, with an expected cost of $5, over a 5 year period. This is slightly higher than the average maintenance cost of $ for compact cars.

According to Repair Pal:

  • Average annual repair costs for all compact cars is $ per year in comparison to $ across all makes and models.
  • This takes into account both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • The average total annual cost for unscheduled repairs and maintenance is based across all model years of a vehicle.

The Impreza comes with a 3 yr/36, (whichever comes first) mile basic warranty and a 5 yr/60, mile powertrain warranty should any unexpected issues occur within early ownership.

How Long Do the Brakes Last?

Subaru Impreza brake pads typically last between 30, and 70, miles.

How you drive your vehicle will play a big part in brake longevity. If you tend to do a lot of stop-and-go driving or are prone to heavy braking then your brakes will need frequent replacement.

Full and complete stops from a high speed are the biggest culprit of premature brake pad wear.

How Long Do the Tires Last?

Subaru Impreza tires last years, or 50, to 60, miles based on 15, miles driven per year. 

Maintaining the correct tire pressure will not only keep you safe it will also bolster your tire’s lifespan, the correct pressure for your tires is usually located in the driver’s door jamb.

To ensure even wear of your tires, have them rotated regularly as specified in the owner’s manual or new-tire warranty guidelines, this is usually every 5, – 8, miles.

How Long Does the Transmission Last?

The transmission on the Subaru Impreza is built to last between , and , miles before needing replacement.

Ensure fluid levels are topped up and fix any problems immediately to keep the transmission running smoothly.

How Long Do Spark Plugs Last?

Subaru Impreza spark plugs will need replacement every 30, miles.

Spark plugs are responsible for creating the spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture, causing the explosion which makes the engine produce power.

They are usually inspected and if needed, replaced when you go for a tune up.

What About Insurance Cost?

The average insurance costs for a Subaru Impreza is $ per month or $2, annually according to Finder.

Insurance costs can vary from person to person; be sure to shop around to find the best possible deal.

Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Subaru Impreza

  • Observe regular rust-proofing intervals.
  • Avoid over-the-top modifications.
  • Use only high-quality spare parts or after-market attachments.
  • Drive carefully to prolong the life of your tires, brake pads, and to get the best possible longevity.
  • Keep up to date with factory scheduled maintenance.
  • Keep fluids topped up and check fluid levels regularly
  • Check your tire pressures at regular intervals
  • Check engine oil every two weeks
  • If possible, keep the vehicle stored in a garage, out of the elements
  • Use good quality parts and fluids
  • Invest in a ceramic coating to protect against contaminants and minor scratches
  • Consider all rust-proofing options
  • Wash the vehicle regularly particularly when encountering salt and snow
  • Do not overload your vehicle.



Impreza are reliable subaru

The Subaru Impreza is the kind of car that aims to appease a variety of automotive tastes. It’s available as both a four-door sedan and a hatchback. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive. And when it comes to price? The Impreza is pretty affordable. But if this year’s model just isn’t for you? You might want to consider these alternatives to the Subaru Impreza instead.

The Subaru Impreza driving

The Toyota Corolla is a reliable alternative to the Subaru Impreza

Now, there’s no denying that the Subaru Impreza has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, what it doesn’t have going for it are its reliability ratings. Why you may be asking? Because, as it turns out, the Impreza earned some pretty subpar reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. A three out of five predicted reliability rating, to be exact. 

Fortunately, there are more reliable alternatives to the Subaru Impreza out there. So if you’re a stickler for reliability? You’ve got nothing to worry about. Take, for instance, the Toyota Corolla. Unlike this year’s new Subaru Impreza, the Toyota Corolla earned a perfect score in terms of predicted reliability. With a five out of five reliability rating from Consumer Reports, you can definitely count on the Corolla to be a more reliable alternative to the Subaru Impreza.

RELATED: There Are 2 Toyota Corolla Trims to Choose From if You Want a Fun-to-Drive Car

The Mazda3 is an upscale alternative to the Subaru Impreza

Maybe the Subaru Impreza is just too drab for you. If that’s the case, then you’re going to want to set your sights on the Mazda3. Because according to Car and Driver, this year’s model might have you confusing it with a more expensive Audi or BMW. Yes, the Mazda3 is that upscale. 

And Car and Driver isn’t the only one to think so either. Consumer Reports added, “The cabin looks and feels upscale, with rich, generously padded surfaces and high-quality trim, buttons and knobs throughout, which is rare for this class.”

But the Mazda3 is more than an upscale alternative to the Subaru Impreza. Unlike this year’s Impreza, the Mazda3 can be had with your choice of engine under the hood. Though it’s standard with a liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, it can also be had with a turbocharged liter four-cylinder. As for the Impreza? It’s only available with a liter four-cylinder engine under the hood.

RELATED: Driving the Mazda3 Turbo in the Snow Instills Thrills and Confidence

The Hyundai Elantra offers better ownership perks than the Impreza

Much like the Subaru Impreza, the Hyundai Elantra has plenty going for it. Redesigned for the model year, the Elantra was recently tapped as the North American Car of the Year. Of course, that’s not the only reason to consider the Hyundai Elantra as a worthwhile alternative to this year’s Subaru Impreza.

Unlike the Impreza, the Elantra comes standard with some pretty sweet ownership perks. Whether you opt for the base model or the range-topping Elantra Limited, this year’s model comes standard with Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance for three years or 36, miles, whichever comes first. Pretty appealing, right? Unfortunately for the Impreza, it’s not available with such a perk.

RELATED: You Don’t Have to Get a Fully-Loaded Hyundai Elantra to Obtain Luxury

You’re going to want to get behind the wheel of these alternatives to the Subaru Impreza

There are several alternatives to the Subaru Impreza out there. But before choosing the best one for you? We encourage you to get behind the wheel for a test drive.

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