Compare 2018 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra | Hazle Township, PA

2018 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra

Serving Hazle Township, PA, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre

Whether you look at your new car as today’s ride or tomorrow’s investment, you’ll want to take a closer look at the 2018 Subaru Impreza. It works hard to earn a place in your driveway. Here’s how it stands up to the 2018 Hyundai Elantra.


2018 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

2018 Hyundai Elantra SE

Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

28 city / 38 hwy mpg**

26 city / 36 hwy mpg**

Standard Engine

2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER®



152 hp

147 hp


145 lb-ft

132 lb-ft


Fully synchronized 5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Size and Spaciousness

In a small sedan, every cube counts. Subaru has ensured that the Impreza is big enough to pass the backseat test, taking care of its adult passengers. The cabin has much more space in the Impreza (112 cubic feet) than in the Elantra (95 cubic feet). Every figure – from front headroom to rear hiproom – shows an inch or more space in the Subaru. U.S. News and World Report states that the seats are large and comfortable. The reviewers note that the driver will enjoy good visibility and will find it easy to find a good riving position. They praise the adult-friendly backseat with ample headroom. The Impreza’s rear legroom is a more generous 36.5 inches while the Elantra can only claim 35.7 inches.

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Performance and Efficiency

The all-wheel drive Impreza definitely has an advantage here. With Symmetrical AWD, the car handles the road more like a European sport sedan. It doesn’t shrink from weather challenges that would sideline the Elantra. Active torque vectoring, another Impreza exclusive, helps it handle curves without reducing speed. The system moves torque to the wheels that aren’t spinning as fast. This creates stability without slowing the car. The 152-horspeower engine has an edge over the Elantra’s 147-horsepower engine. The Impreza engine creates 145 lb.-ft. of torque, much more than the 132 lb.-ft. of the Elantra. Hyundai uses a traditional six-speed automatic while Subaru employs a modern Continously Variable Transmission. With AWD, drivers sometimes play a penalty. However, the Subaru earns almost as much in city and highway driving as the Hyundai. Imprezas earn an impressive 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with their CVT transmission.

2018 Subaru Impreza Interior

A Better Investment

Elantras claim a lower pricetag at the base level, but when they are compared to Impreza sedans, they start to lose some of their price advantage. When the Impreza starts its newest generation last year, it earned one of Wards’ Best Interiors. You can see for yourself when you climb into the cabin. Impreza interiors include a black cloth with a red accent, an ivory cloth, an ivory leather, and a black leather with a light-colored accent stitch. This generation also earned one of Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Most Awarded vehicles. The reviewer named the car one of its 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. AutoTrader gave it a Must Test Drive Award. Furthermore, the Impreza earned the 2018 ALG Residual Value Award and the Kelley Blue Book 2018 Best Resale Value Award. This demonstrates that the Subaru will hold its value longer and give you more of a return when you sell it. These cars live long road lives and are often valued as cars to pass along to the next generation of family drivers. Judging by 2007-2016 vehicle registrations, an IHS Markit study shows that there are more Imprezas in operation than any other Non-Luxury Traditional Compact sedan.

Test Drive Today!

There’s always more to say about a good car. Learn the facts for yourself with a visit to Fairway Subaru. A test drive can reveal how the Impreza will suit your lifestyle.


*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.