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10 Coolest Cars Under $20K - There’s One Subaru Impreza Trim That’s The Best

Kelley Blue Book named the 2021 Subaru Impreza one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 list. There are four reasons why it will have compact car shoppers looking this summer.


When it comes to being cool, Kelley Blue Book says the 2021 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback is one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 in America. There are four reasons it checks the box and one trim level that's the coolest.

The Impreza scores best for its all-wheel-drive capability, styling, fuel economy, and value. It's a vehicle compact car shoppers are drawn to for its all-weather capability, technology, and convenience features like smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, comes in sedan and 5-door hatch body styles, and gets excellent fuel mileage.

2021 Subaru Impreza pricing, features and specs

KBB’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000

The other cars on KBB's coolest car list are the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2020 Kia Soul, 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 2021 Mazda3, 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2021 Volkswagen Jetta, 2021 Hyundai Veloster, 2021 Subaru Impreza, 2021 Kia Forte, and the 2021 Hyundai Venue.

What sets the 2021 Impreza apart from the other cool cars?

The 2021 Impreza is still the only compact car in North America with standard all-wheel-drive, and it's one of the compact car's best features. A few competitors offer it, but you'll have to pay extra to get the all-weather capability the Impreza offers standard on all trim levels. You can go to the beach and not get stuck in the deep sand.

2021 Subaru Impreza pricing, features and specs

What is the coolest trim level?

The 2021 Impreza Sport is the coolest trim level and hits the sweet spot for features, price, and it gets suspension tuning for improved driving dynamics. The Impreza Sport comes with 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring (ATV).

What difference will driving enthusiasts feel?

ATV is a performance system introduced on the Subaru WRX that helps reduce understeer. Without it, the forward motion wants to keep the vehicle moving in a straight path. With ATV, it will help the Impreza Sport carve a tight corner.

Sport trims also come with Subaru Starlink 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system, keyless access with pushbutton start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift handle, and CVT shift boot.

What is the 2021 Impreza fuel mileage?

The Impreza achieves the highest fuel economy of any gasoline all-wheel drive car available in America.

The 2021 Impreza gets an EPA estimated 28/36 city/highway and 32 combined mpg for the sedan with the automatic transmission. The Impreza 5-door hatch gets 28/36 city/highway and 31 combined mpg with the automatic transmission.

The Impreza Sport sedan gets an EPA estimated 27/36 city/highway and 30 combined mpg with the automatic transmission. The Impreza Sport 5-door hatch gets 27/35 city/highway and 30 combined mpg with the automatic transmission.

What is the price of the Impreza?

The 2021 Impreza price varies depending on trim level, miles, and condition. You can check used Impreza car prices near you here.

Cargo space

Inside, the Impreza compact has the most passenger volume in its class. The 2021 Impreza sedan comes with 99.8 cubic feet of passenger volume Impreza 5-Door hatch has 100.9 cubic ft.

The 2021 Subaru Impreza sedan and 5-Door hatchback are named to Kelley Blue Book's 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for their all-wheel-drive capability, styling, value, and fuel economy. The Impreza Sport offers the most cool this summer for compact car shoppers.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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