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2021 Subaru Impreza keeps its standard AWD, goes up just $100 in price

The 2021 Subaru Impreza continues to come standard with all-wheel drive.

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For the 2021 model year, the Subaru Impreza will continue to be the only compact passenger car in America with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The 2021 Subaru Impreza will also only cost $100 more than the 2020 model despite a performance upgrade.

Subaru has priced the base model Impreza to start at $18,795. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Subaru has made a continuously variable transmission (CVT) available on all trim levels but a five-speed manual is standard on this model.

The base model has a good list of standard features including a 6.5-inch infotinament touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, power windows with auto up/down for driver and front passenger, tilt and telescoping steering column, keyless entry, power door locks, 4.2-inch driver information screen, tire pressure monitoring system, rear seat reminder technology and EyeSigh Driver Assist Technology. The five-door version of the Impreza starts at $19,295.

Upgrading to the Impreza Premium ($22,195 for sedan, $22,695 for five-door) will get you all the features of the base model along with a standard CVT, steering wheel with paddle shifters, fog lights, All-Weather Package (heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors), and roof rails. New for 2021, the Impreza Premium includes SI-Drive performance management system.

Impreza Premium
The popular Impreza Premium trim, priced at $22,195 for sedan and $22,695 for 5-door includes all features from the Base model with Lineartronic CVT and adds 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The Premium also adds the STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus, STARLINK Safety and Security features, fog lights and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors. The 5-door models are equipped with roof rails as standard.

New for 2021, the Impreza Premium includes SI-Drive performance management system, which allows the driver to maximize engine performance, control, and efficiency and includes two selectable drive modes. Buyers can add an option package ($1,970) to their Impreza Premium that includes a power moonroof, blind spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, push-button start, and six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Impreza Sport is also available in sedan ($23,595) and five-door ($22,995) body types. It has unique suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, and active torque vectoring. The Sport hatchback comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission but the sedan comes with the CVT and SI-Drive performance. Buyers can upgrade to the CVT in the five-door model. Both styles include a 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, keyless entry, push-button start, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift handle, and CVT shift boot.

Buyers can add an option package ($2,470) to the Impreza Sport that includes a power moonroof, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, a Harmon Kardon amplifier and speakers, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Upping the ante, the Impreza Limited is priced from $25,895 for sedan and $26,395 five-door. The model builds on the Premium and Sport models. It offers standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, a leather-trimmed interior with double-stitched door armrests and instrument panel, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, keyless entry, and push-button start. Subaru's SI-Drive performance management system is standard.

In addition to its roster of standard EyeSight safety tech, Subaru adds reverse automatic braking, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and steering responsive headlights to the standard equipment list.

An option package ($2,350) includes navigation, Harmon Kardon premium audio, and a power moonroof is available.

The 2021 Impreza arrives at Subaru dealerships in October. All prices are reported without the standard $925 destination charge that applies in most states.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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