Compare Subaru Impreza in Tilton, NH

Comparing the Subaru Impreza with the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Dart

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza is winning accolades from the automotive media and car buyers alike for its impressive good looks, sharp handling and driving performance, and innovative safety features. But the compact car category is crowded with other top contenders as well, including Impreza competitors like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Dart. Let's take a close look at how these models compare in key areas.

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  • All-Wheel Drive. The Impreza wins this contest hands-down. It's the only the compact in its class to have standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. None of the other three cars even offer all-wheel drive as an option. If you live in area of the country like New England, with rough winters and equally rough back roads, all-wheel drive can be a lifesaver, and dramatically improves your car's drivability on all road conditions and all types of weather.
  • Safety. In fact, the Impreza, Civic, Elantra and Dart all have excellent safety ratings. Each has received an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Civic and Elantra are currently rated as Top Safety Pick+ choices by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the 2017 Impreza has not been evaluated yet but the 2016 Impreza was indeed a Top Safety Pick+). But only the Subaru Impreza is available with Subaru EyeSight, the automaker's camera-based driver assist and safety technology.
  • Performance. These cars are all pretty evenly matched in terms of engine power and gas mileage. All come with a version of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes between 140 and 160 horsepower and roughly the same amount of torque. However, the Elantra has an Eco model that's powered by 1.4-liter engine that makes 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, while the 2016 Dodge Dart also offers a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as well as a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Only the Impreza, though, features Subaru's boxer engine with horizontally-opposed pistons. This configuration results in a lower center of gravity and helps with traction and handling.
  • Styling, Space and Flexibility. The Subaru Impreza and the Honda Civic are both available as four-door sedans or five-door hatchbacks. The Civic is also available as a two-door coupe. The Hyundai Elantra and Dodge Dart are only available as four-door sedans. The new Impreza and the Civic are the roomiest of the four. The Impreza sedan has about 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, while the hatchback 20.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats expands to 55.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. The Civic sedan boasts 15.1 cubic feet of room in its trunk, while the hatchback Civic has 25.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and about 45 cubic feet with the seats down.
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