The Subaru Impreza entered its redesigned, fifth-generation cycle in 2017 (here’s our full review), so not much is different for 2021 in terms of styling and design. But the compact sedan does see some changes heading into the new year — this includes a small price bump for the Base model, standard SI-DRIVE on Premium models, and standard EyeSight driver assist on all models across the lineup without the 5-speed manual transmission.
2021 Subaru Impreza release date and pricing
The new Impreza hits dealerships in October 2020, now starting at $18,795 in the US for the Base model, topping out at $25,895 for the Impreza Limited.
Canadian pricing hasn’t been released but the outgoing 2020 Impreza starts at C$19,995 so 2021 MSRP should be slightly higher.
Overall, Subaru increased the 2021 Impreza’s price by $150. They did the same thing with the 2021 Outback. But taking into account what Subie is throwing into the mix with standards, this increase is nominal.
Here’s full US pricing on 2021 Impreza models (including destination charge):
2021 Impreza Sedan:
|Base with 5MT||$19,720|
|Base with CVT||$21,020|
|Premium with CVT||$23,120|
|Sport with CVT||$24,520|
|Limited with CVT||$26,820|
2021 Impreza 5-door Hatchback:
|Base with 5MT||$20,220|
|Base with CVT||$21,520|
|Premium with CVT||$23,620|
|Sport with 5MT||$23,920|
|Sport with CVT||$25,020|
|Limited with CVT||$27,320|
So, what’s new for the 2021 Impreza?
The Premium model — second in rank within the Impreza lineup — now adds the SI-DRIVE performance management system as standard. It’s a nice upgrade on a lower model which essentially allows the driver to maximize engine performance, control and efficiency via two selectable drive modes.
Also new for 2021, all CVT transmission models now get Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology thrown in at no cost. It’s good to see Subaru including this award-winning safety package into the mix; paired to the Japanese automaker’s acclaimed all-wheel drive system, EyeSight is the perfect accompaniment.
The system includes a variety of features including Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, and Rear Seat Reminder to prevent passengers being left behind in the back.
All Imprezas finds a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine under the hood, good for 152-hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. On all CVT-equipped models from Premium and up, drivers can expect a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. We’re just happy Subie is still offering a 5-speed manual stick shift!
Sedans may be losing the battle to small crossovers, like the Suburu Crosstrek, but as far as compact 4-doors and hatchbacks go, the Impreza is still one of the best — and it’s the only compact passenger car offering standard all-wheel drive. That’s a huge bonus.