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Consumer Reports Says Avoid The Toyota Corolla Buy The Subaru Impreza Instead

Is the 2022 Subaru Impreza the best compact car you can buy? See why Consumer Reports says it’s the best of twelve compact vehicles and why you should avoid the Toyota Corolla.

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What are the best compact cars for shoppers this fall and winter? Consumer Reports (by subscription) ranks all new models and says you should avoid buying the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and buy the 2022 Subaru Impreza instead. Why does CR say the Impreza sedan and hatchback are the best of twelve new compact cars? It gets the highest safety, reliability, road test performance, and owner satisfaction scores.

Why is the 2022 Subaru Impreza your best pick?

Consumer Reports says the 2022 Impreza has a ”Comfortable ride, relatively roomy interior, easy-to-use controls, standard all-wheel-drive without a fuel-economy penalty, and an available hatchback body style.”

2022 Subaru Impreza pricing, features, specs, fuel mileage

How could the Impreza be better?

CR says the biggest knock against the Impreza is the 2.0-liter engine can get noisy, and the driver’s seat is short on lumbar support.

Why should you avoid the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

The ride is stiff, and the car is loud, the latter primarily because of the raspy 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that usually seems like it’s working too hard, and the rear seat is super-cramped. CR scores the Toyota Corolla number eleven of twelve compact cars.

2022 Subaru Impreza pricing, features, specs, fuel mileage

The 2022 Subaru Impreza has an overall score of 81, while the Toyota Corolla has a score of just 51 and scores low in predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

More reasons to buy the 2022 Subaru Impreza

The Impreza compact comes standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system as standard on all trim levels. Check out the complete 2022 Subaru Impreza model guide here.

What is the fuel mileage of the Impreza?

The EPA says the 2022 Subaru Impreza gets 31 mpg combined city/highway 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 ($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.

Consumer Reports says the 2022 Subaru Impreza is the best compact car you can buy because it scores high safety, reliability, road test performance, and owner satisfaction.

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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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Eric Hunter (not verified)    December 5, 2021 - 11:02AM

That Corolla will still be going after that Subaru is long dead, crushed and made into Coke cans.

Ryan (not verified)    December 5, 2021 - 11:31AM

Stopped taking this article seriously when it mentions a Corolla Hatchback with a 2.4 L engine. Writer can't get facts straight. Try again, Denis.

ImprezaOwner (not verified)    December 6, 2021 - 4:49PM

This is a bit shocking as the Impreza hasn't been refreshed in years (2017 was it?). Speaks well that a model designed over 5 years ago is still competing well against the bigger manufacturers.

Of course you couldn't buy an Impreza if you wanted to given the massive shortages in Subaru manufacturing. (Yes all manufacturers are struggling but few as bad as Subaru) Somebody at Subaru should be volunteered to spend more time with their family for such a colossal screw up.