2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan
  Hyundai Elantra (SE)
 Subaru Impreza (2.0i)
 Total MSRP
$18,835 (AT)
$19,355 (CVT)
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 All-Wheel Drive
Not Available
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
* CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

While the Elantra offers better fuel economy on paper, it's important to highlight that the Impreza is the only vehicle to offer AWD. So it becomes a choice between a few extra miles per gallon, and capability when you need it most (snow, mud, etc.).

Impreza versus Elantra

If you're shopping for a new sedan, you want to make sure to do your homework and take careful looks at all contenders -- going beyond the superficial to truly assess each one on all merits. For example, in this comparison the Elantra has a lower MSRP and offers slightly better fuel efficiency, but we believe that a thorough comparison will clearly indicate the Impreza is the better value of the two by far, especially for those all-too familiar with our weather here in Salt Lake.

Subaru Impreza Hatchback


While the Elantra does offer the better estimated fuel economy, a large part of that is due to the fact that the Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive -- which can reduce a vehicle's estimated mpg. Considering our winter weather and bountiful opportunities to explore the beautiful Utah landscape, we'd rather pay a little more for the reassuring stability and traction offered by the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive found only in the Impreza.

The 2018 Impreza features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that pairs with a 5-speed manual transmission to produce 152 horsepower and 145-pound feet of torque, beating the 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque made by the Hyundai's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.


These days, it's foolhardy of an automaker to deliver a car without the technology car shoppers want. Both vehicles offer such standard features as AM/FM stereos, MP3 players, auxiliary audio inputs and trip computers, but only the Impreza delivers a hands-free communications system, cruise control, auto-off headlights, back-up camera, wireless cell phone hookup and an anti-theft system as standard options. In fact, the Hyundai doesn't offer many of those as options on the SE trim level!

Subaru Impreza Sedan
Subaru Impreza Hatchback in Snow


Both the Impreza and the Hyundai feature standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, brake assist and electronic stability control, and both score quite well on government crash tests. However, it's worth pointing out that the Impreza scored better on the rollover resistance and rear side impact crash tests.

We also feel the need to remind you that the Impreza comes with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which is a feature that's extremely useful for our customers from the Salt Lake City, Park City, West Valley City and South Salt Lake areas. This system delivers power to the wheels that have traction, so it offers more sure-footed driving in rain, snow or when you're traversing uneven terrain. Unfortunately, the Elantra just can't compete.

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Take the 2018 Impreza for a Test Drive

When it comes down to it, yours is the opinion that matters most. We invite you to visit our showroom, meet with a member of our team and learn more about the 2018 Impreza.

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