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6 Best New Cars Under $25,000 - Subaru Impreza Is A Top Pick If You Can Find One

What are the best new cars under $25,000? A new report says the 2022 Subaru Impreza is one of the best picks for shoppers. See why you may not find one.

With surging new car prices, there are good choices for shoppers looking for an affordable new model under $25 000 this fall. Recent tests by Consumer Reports (by subscription) have identified six safe cars offering good performance, fuel efficiency, and affordability.

The six top-rated new cars by Consumer Reports for shoppers are the Nissan Sentra, with a score of 77. The Toyota Corolla is second (77), The 2022 Subaru Impreza third (75), Mazda 3 fourth (75), Honda Civic fifth (74), and Hyundai Elantra sixth (75).

2022 Subaru Impreza pricing, features, specs,
2022 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchabck

CR's scores are based on road-test performance, owner satisfaction surveys, predicted reliability, crashworthiness, and standard safety features.

The 2022 Subaru Impreza is picked as a top model for its quiet, roomy cabin, ride comfort "that puts some luxury cars to shame," user-friendly controls, and its standard all-wheel-drive.

What is the fuel mileage of the 2022 Subaru Impreza?

2022 Subaru Impreza pricing, features, specs,
2022 Subaru Impreza Sport

Consumer Reports says they achieved 30 mpg overall and 20/44 city/ highway mpg with the sedan body style, "commendable given the standard all-wheel drive." The 2022 Impreza is also offered in a sporty hatchback body style.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Impreza?

Subaru kept pricing the same for the 2022 model year except for a small increase in the designation and delivery fees. The 2022 Impreza comes in base sedan ($19,755), base hatchback ($20,255) Premium sedan ($23,155), Premium hatchback ($23,655), Sport sedan ($24,555), Sport hatchback ($23,955), and Limited hatchback ($27,355). Destination and delivery ($960) are included in the prices above.

Can you find a 2022 Impreza?

Shoppers looking for a Subaru Impreza may not find the trim and color they want. The microchip shortage has limited production, and inventory is at an all-time low. We checked with a large volume Subaru retailer in the west, and they have no 2022 Impreza models on their lot.

The largest volume retailer in California has four models available to sell, and a retailer in Florida has one new 2022 Impreza on their lot.

What should Impreza customers do if they want a new compact sedan or hatchback? Many buyers are ordering the trim level, color, and options and waiting for their new model to arrive from Subaru of Indiana Automotive, where they are manufactured.

How long will customers wait for their new model? If you order a new car today, it could be November or December before your new vehicle is shipped to the Subaru retailer.

What's next for the Impreza?

If you are willing to wait, the Subaru Impreza will get a complete redesign for the 2023 model year. It will come with new safety technology, possibly a more fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and a new cabin design.

Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Impreza is a top pick for compact car shoppers under $25,000. Our top pick for the best trim level is the Impreza Sport hatchback. Check out the complete Impreza lineup below.

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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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