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The 9 Best New Hatchbacks - Subaru Impreza Is Top-3 Pick And Don’t Forget Crosstrek

Where does the 2022 Subaru Impreza rank with the best new hatchback compact cars? A new report says Impreza is a top-3 pick, and what about the hot Crosstrek?

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What are the best new hatchback compact cars for shoppers? If you can find them on dealers' lots this fall, a new report from iSeeCars says the 2022 Subaru Impreza is the third-best new hatchback you can buy. Consumer Reports (by subscription) also says the Impreza is one of the 6-Best new cars under $25,000. Keep reading to find out where the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek fits in the mix of new hatchbacks.

The sedan body style has dropped in popularity because the hatchback offers versatility, more cargo space, and still offers good fuel mileage. A report from iSeeCars determined the best new hatchbacks based on long-term reliability, value retention, fuel mileage, and highest average safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2022 Subaru Impreza pricing, features, specs, fuel mileage
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The nine-best new hatchback models

The report says the Honda Civic scores best with an overall quality score of 9 out of ten. The Toyota Corolla is second with a score of 8.9 and ties with the 2022 Subaru Impreza, with 8.9 points. They are followed by the Volkswagen Golf (8.8), Mazda3 (8.7), Hyundai Veloster (8.4), Volkswagen Golf GTI (8.1), Kia Rio (7.8), and Chevrolet Spark (7.7).

Top safety scores

The Subaru Impreza scored a perfect five-star rating with the NHTSA. We also checked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) safety scores for the Impreza, and the compact hatchback earned a Top Safety Pick award.

2022 Subaru Impreza pricing, features, specs, fuel mileage
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What is the 2022 Subaru Impreza fuel mileage?

The EPA says the 2022 Subaru Impreza hatchback gets 31 combined mpg and 28/36 city/highway mpg in CVT automatic transmission trims. The 2022 Impreza hatchback with the 5-speed manual gearbox gets 26 combined mpg and 24/31 city/highway mpg.

Value retention

According to Kelly Blue Book's (KBB) 2021 Best Resale Value Awards, the Subaru Impreza is the best compact car. KBB's Best Resale Value Awards recognize 2021 model-year vehicles for their projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period.

Long-term reliability

The iSeeCars report gives the Impreza hatchback an overall score of 7.9 for reliability. The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic both score 8.1 for reliability. The report also lists the 2018 Subaru Impreza as one of the best used hatchback models under $20,000.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek pricing, features, specs, fuel mileage
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Is the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek a good value for hatchback shoppers?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is a lifted version of the Impreza with higher ground clearance and more off-road capability. The Crosstrek also ranks high in long-term reliability, value retention, fuel mileage and gets Top Safety Pick safety scores.

Is the Impreza or Crosstrek best for hatchback shoppers?

The 2022 Subaru Impreza is a good choice for urban dwellers who use their vehicles for commuting and occasional weekend trips to get out of the city. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the best choice for those with active lifestyles who use their vehicle for commuting and who want to get further off the beaten path.

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes with standard all-wheel-drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode for additional off-road capability. The Impreza also comes standard with all-wheel-drive for all-weather capability. Both are top picks for hatchback shoppers. Check out our report on Subaru Crosstrek Vs. 2021 Impreza 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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