Despite a couple of small adjustments to the lineup, the Subaru Impreza enters another model year with a barely there price adjustment.
Subaru this week announced pricing for the 2021 Impreza. The base model starts at $18,795, an increase of just $100 over the 2020 Impreza, which was just $100 over the 2019 model -- a pricing trend that continues through each trim. But there's another sneaky price bump in there, too: The destination charge has risen from $900 to $925, which explains the slightly larger difference in postdestination pricing ($19,595 last year vs. $19,720 this year). The destination up-charge applies to all variants across the lineup.
The sole change to the Impreza lineup for the 2021 model year is the addition of Subaru's SI-Drive vehicle modes to the Premium trim. The mode switch changes parameters within the car's software to change the throttle and transmission tuning for a slightly sportier driving feel, and... that's it. This trim, which starts at $23,120 after destination, picks up shift paddles for the standard continuously variable transmission, in addition to an upgraded infotainment system, fog lights, heated front seats and a heated windshield. One optional package adds a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, lane-change assist and keyless entry for $1,970.
The next trim up is the Impreza Sport, which starts at $24,520. This variant rocks unique suspension tuning, different alloy wheels and Subaru's active torque-vectoring system. While the sedan version is available only with a CVT, the five-door hatchback can also be equipped with a five-speed manual, same as the base model. The Impreza Sport also sports a bigger screen, standard keyless access, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an option package that includes a power driver's seat and the same package upgrades as the Premium trim, though the price bumps up to $2,470.
At the top of the lineup is the Impreza Limited, which starts at $26,820. This trim ramps up the fancy with LED headlights and running lights, a leather-trimmed interior and automatic climate control. An options package adds embedded navigation, a moonroof and a Harman Kardon sound system for $2,350.
All Imprezas receive their motive force from the same 2.0-liter flat-four gas engine, which produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The five-door hatchback body is just $500 more than the sedan at every level. As with every other Subaru on the market (save for the BRZ coupe), all-wheel drive is standard. The 2021 Subaru Impreza lands at dealerships this October.