Compact car: Subaru Impreza
The Impreza's interior packaging is outstanding, especially when you put friends (whom you want to remain your friends) in the backseat. Recent improvements have made it quieter inside. The ride is more comfortable than in some pricier cars. It drinks more fuel than its peers, but you're getting all-wheel drive as a benefit. We don't like the slackness and drone of most continuously variable transmissions, but with recent improvements Subaru has managed to mask those quirks. Subaru also has finally embraced the need for a contemporary infotainment system. The Impreza is among the pricier compact sedans, but it's a strong value. A great starter car.
|Reliability:||Very good (4 out of 5)
|Price as tested:||$21,345|