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Vehicle Comparison: 2013 Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic
The Impreza offers more for the money

A comparison of the 2013 Subaru Impreza against the 2013 Honda Civic reveals two dramatically different cars, with the Impreza winning the race in a number of key areas.

While the Honda Civic is certainly a capable vehicle, every Impreza comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. “It does separate itself from the pack by virtue of its forget-the-weather, four-wheel drive system,” said Car and Driver magazine. For better handing in all conditions, and for bad weather driving and stability, AWD is a must, and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is better yet. The front-wheel drive Honda Civic can’t match the dry-road handling or the foul-weather traction and confidence of the Impreza. All-wheel drive is not available for the Honda Civic.

The AWD Impreza delivers impressive fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway with a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Impreza has the highest fuel economy of any AWD drive car currently offered in the US.
The agile handling of the Impreza makes curvy roads an electrifying experience. The Impreza was built for enthusiastic drivers with a tight and athletic suspension that's both precise and responsive, thanks in part, again, to its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. “Through winding portions of our drive route [the Impreza] was planted and quite entertaining to sling around corners,” reported AutoWeek. With the Civic, you will get from point A to point B, but it won't be nearly as much fun.

The $90 difference between the $18,895 starting MSRP of the Subaru Impreza and the $18,805 starting MSRP of the Honda Civic isn't significant considering you get AWD with the Impreza and other amazing standard features. No wonder U.S. News named the Impreza a 2012 “Best Compact Car for Families” and ranked it higher than the Civic on its list of “Affordable Small Cars.”

The useful standard features on the Impreza include a remote keyless entry system, a security system with engine immobilizer, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a multifunction display with fuel economy information and even more. In addition, carpeted floor mats come standard in all 2013 Impreza models.

The Honda Civic has an adequate fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons. However, the Impreza fuel tank capacity is 14.5 gallons. This means your trips to the gas station will be less frequent.

The roomier, redesigned Impreza offers 96.9 cubic feet of passenger room, compared to 94.6 cubic feet in the Honda Civic. The Impreza beats the Civic in every roominess category, from headroom to hip room. Subaru achieved this without growing vehicle width or length. In addition, rear-seat passengers have gained two inches of legroom along with a roomier trunk. “The 2013 Subaru Impreza has a space-efficient layout and good passenger comfort...Subaru has put a lot of thought into cargo capacity and versatility in the Impreza...,” said Think of the Impreza as compact car on the outside and a roomy sedan on the inside.

The Impreza is also more powerful than the Civic. The Civic has a 140-hp 1.8-liter engine with 128 lb/ft of torque, while the Impreza features a 148-hp 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine with 145 lb/ft of torque. The legendary, horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER® engine is famous for its acceleration, balance, and power. The inline four-cylinder engine on the Civic is not nearly as sporty or well balanced.

The Impreza uses high-tensile-strength steel and has exceptionally strong body construction. It also comes equipped with seven standard airbags, including a driver's knee airbag to help protect the driver's lower extremities. The 2012 Impreza was named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) three years in a row. 

The 2013 Subaru Impreza offers a more compelling mix of value, safety and comfort than the Honda Civic. Come in and test drive your Imprezatoday.


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