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8 Top New Cars Under $25K - Consumer Reports Says Subaru Impreza Is The Best

What are the best new cars under $25,000? An updated Consumer Reports ranking says the 2022 Subaru Impreza is the best pick for shoppers.
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With surging new car prices, there are good choices for shoppers looking for an affordable new compact car under $25 000 this fall. Recent tests by Consumer Reports (by subscription) have identified eight safe cars offering good performance, fuel efficiency, reliability, safety, and affordability. CR picks the 2022 Subaru Impreza as the best pick for new car shoppers.

The eight top-rated new cars by Consumer Reports for shoppers are the 2022 Subaru Impreza, with a top score of 81. The Nissan Sentra is next (77), Hyundai Elantra (76), Toyota Corolla (73), Volkswagen Jetta (73), Honda Civic (70), Mazda 3 (69), and Nissan Versa (62).

2022 Subaru Impreza
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The 2022 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback are rated number one of twelve compact cars by Consumer Reports.

CR's scores are based on road-test performance, owner satisfaction surveys, predicted reliability, crashworthiness, and standard safety features. The 2022 Subaru Impreza is now the top model, picked for its quiet, roomy cabin, user-friendly controls, ride comfort "that puts some luxury cars to shame," and standard all-wheel-drive.

2022 Subaru Impreza

What is the fuel mileage of the 2022 Subaru Impreza?

Consumer Reports says they achieved 30 mpg overall and 21/41 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.

The EPA says the 2022 Subaru Impreza gets 31 mpg combined and 28/36 city/highway mpg in the non-Sport CVT trims. The 2022 Impreza 4-Door sedan with the 5-speed manual gearbox has the same fuel mileage. The 2022 Impreza 4-Door sedan gets 26 combined city/highway and 23/31 city/highway mpg in the non-Sport CVT trims.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Impreza?

The 2022 Impreza comes in four trim levels for customers. The seven different models come in base sedan ($20,290), base hatchback ($20,790) Premium sedan ($23,690), Premium hatchback ($24,190), Sport sedan ($25,090), Sport hatchback ($24,490), and Limited hatchback ($27,890). Destination and delivery ($995) are included in the prices above.

Impreza safety features

Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology comes standard on models with the Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission. The Limited upgrades safety with Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. Also standard on Limited trims are High Beam Assist and Steering Responsive Headlights.

Should you wait for the 2023 Impreza?

The 2023 Subaru Impreza is a carry-over model with no changes. All 2023 Subaru Impreza trim levels get a $550 price increase, including destination and delivery fees.

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Impreza?

The 2023 Impreza comes in four trim levels for customers. The seven different models come in base sedan ($20,815), base hatchback ($21,315) Premium sedan ($24,215), Premium hatchback ($24,715), Sport sedan ($25,615), Sport hatchback ($25,015), and Limited hatchback ($28,415). Destination and delivery ($995) are included in the prices above. Models with a CVT automatic transmission add around $1,300 depending on the trim level.

If you are willing to wait, the Subaru Impreza will get a complete redesign for the 2024 model year. It will come with new safety technology, possibly a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter 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 here.

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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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