The 2018 Subaru Impreza is the vehicle to beat this year, and while it has a number of contenders it seems unlikely that any of them will be able to truly compete with the king of the road - the Impreza.

Available as a sedan or a hatchback, the Subaru Impreza offers much more than first meets the eye. If you looking for a traditional compact car with all-wheel drive then you have but one choice in 2018 - the Subaru Impreza, which is not for sale in Lee's Summit Subaru in Lee's Summit. This makes the Subaru Impreza handle better in snow or rain than any of its contemporaries.

But there's much more to the Impreza than just its excellent all-wheel drive system and award-winning traction and handling. The Subaru Impreza was redesigned just last year, making the 2018 Impreza one of the most up-to-date modern vehicles available when it comes to build quality, technology, safety and style. The previous generation of Impreza was a joy to drive, but the latest generation is a marvel. It stands out for its fantastic handling, ultra-roomy cabin, advanced safety and driver aids and build quality you've come to expect from Subaru.

Still, it doesn't hurt to take a look at the other options out there to see if any of the other manufacturers can catch up. Three of the potential rivals for the 2018 Subaru Impreza for sale in Lee's Summit are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Cruze. Let's take a look at how these stack up against the award-winning Subaru Impreza and why the Impreza continues to dominate.

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Both the 2018 Subaru Impreza and Hyundai Elantra are available in hatchback and sedan models. In this comparison, the mix of body styles, trim levels, engines, drivetrains, and features are considered for each make and model.

Body Styles and Trim Levels

Both the 2018 Subaru Impreza and Hyundai Elantra are available in a four-door hatchback and sedan models. The features and accouterments for the Subaru Impreza's four trim levels are the same for both body styles: the base 2.0i, Premium, Sport and Limited. The Hyundai Elantra has a total of six trim levels: a very basic SE model, Value Edition, SEL, Limited, Eco and Sport models.

Considering the base trim levels, the 2018 Subaru Impreza comes out a bit on top as even its most basic model comes with a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen, a rear-view camera, and larger 16-inch wheels. There are similar differences throughout the increasing trim level as the Impreza continues to impress by offering more bells and whistles down the line culminating in features such as the EyeSight suite of driver aids.

Power and Drivetrain

All of the 2018 Subaru Impreza models are powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that produces 152 horsepower with 145 pound-feet of torque. Coming in slightly lower is the 2018 Hyundai Elantra's 2.0-liter engine at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. For the eco-friendly motorist, Hyundai offers the fuel-efficient Eco 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine at 128 horsepower with 156 pound-feet of torque.

Getting the power to the ground on the Impreza is a standard five-speed manual transmission on the 2.0i base model and Sport models with the options of a continuously variable automatic transmission complete with wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The latter is standard on the Impreza Premium and Limited models.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra also starts with a manual transmission on the SE and it works its way up to a six-speed automatic transmission as an option for the SE while standard on the other models. A continuously variable automatic transmission is not available for the Hyundai Elantra.

 Features and Technology

Both the 2018 Subaru Impreza and Hyundai Elantra have their fair share of technical wizardry. Both makes offer adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane mitigation, remote locking and automatic braking features. Likewise, both models have similar standard-to-optional features such as up to 8-inch touchscreens, up to 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-speaker sound systems, climate control, multi-setting driver seats, heating seating, power sunroofs, and luxury leather.

The 2018 Subaru Impreza pulls away somewhat with its available adaptive LED headlights and EyeSight blind spot monitoring. No matter how you slice it, the 2018 Subaru Impreza and Hyundai Elantra offer a wide range of choices and options from the economy-minded to those that like the lap of luxury.

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. 2018 Kia Forte

Performance and Interior

Comparing these two vehicles on their performance you can see that they are similar in a lot of ways. However, the Subaru Impreza has one more cubic foot of room for passengers to be able to tag along more comfortably. Both vehicles get a generous 32 miles per gallon and both offer an automatic transmission. The Subaru Impreza offers All-Wheel Drive for its drivetrain. This gives you the option of a vehicle which is easier to control and which you can drive in all kinds of conditions.

Technology and Features

When it comes to the Subaru, it has more than double the standard features compared to the Kia. The comparison of the two vehicles features is as follows:

  • Subaru - keyless entry/start, tire pressure warning, post-collision safety system, upgraded headlights, leather seats, alarm, heated seats, power driver seat, backup camera, AWD/4WD, audio controls on steering wheel, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rear bench seats, USB inputs, trip computer, auto climate control, aux audio inputs, fold flat rear seats, stability control and Bluetooth.
  • Kia - fold-flat rear seats, Bluetooth, audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, tire pressure warning, rear bench seats, trip computer, aux audio inputs, stability control and USB inputs.

As you can see just by looking at the list of included features on both vehicles, the Subaru offers you a lot more standard features when compared to the Kia. The technology offered with the Impreza is also improved and goes above and beyond what the Kia can do for you. The touchscreen is laid out almost like a smartphone screen making it easy to use.

All in all, when you compare these two vehicle options the 2018 Subaru Impreza definitely outperforms the Kia in many different ways. If you are looking for a very versatile vehicle this is definitely the one you would want to go with.

2018 Subaru Impreza vs. Chevrolet Cruze


The 2018 Subaru Impreza offers more front headroom, front and rear legroom, and front and rear shoulder room when compared to the Chevrolet Cruze. The extra interior space may not make much of a difference to shorter drivers. But those of us with longer legs would likely favor to the 2018 Subaru Impreza.

Floor mats, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, front reading lights, and an mp3 decoder all come standard with the 2018 Subaru Impreza. These features are absent on base level 2018 Chevrolet Cruze trims.


Both the Subaru Impreza and Chevrolet Cruze are offered as a four-door sedan or a hatchback. Owners will find enough space in the sedans for five passengers and the hatchbacks both include a fifth door as well as extra cargo space.

At 52.4 cubic feet of cargo room (compared to the 47.2 cubic feet provided by the Chevrolet Cruze) the Subaru Impreza provides more passenger space over-all. Owners can also expect both vehicles to take up about the same amount of space in their garages. Each vehicle has the same amount of width as well.


Whether you're traveling up the hills in the snow, through the fields in the rain, or over a jagged mountain, the symmetrical all-wheel drive on the 2018 Subaru Impreza gives the driver complete control over the vehicle. The 2018 Subaru Impreza also comes with a fully independent double wishbone rear suspension.

On the other hand, the 2018 Chevy Cruze only features front-wheel drive and a semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension.

As far as horsepower is concerned, both the Subaru Impreza and Chevrolet Cruze are on equal footing.


Both the 2018 Subaru Impreza and the Chevrolet Cruze offer a rear-vision camera, rear park assist, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot detection. The Subaru Impreza also offers a few extras not found on the Chevrolet Cruze. Impreza owners can outfit their vehicle with the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

This trademark piece of technology is the equivalent to an extra pair of eyes on the road, and an extra foot on the brake when needed. Pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, and adaptive cruise control are all available through the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.


Any car owner would tell you that every mile counts when it comes to filling up the tank. Despite the fact that both the 2018 Subaru Impreza and the Chevrolet Cruze offer a decent amount of mile per gallon, the Subaru Impreza edges out the Chevrolet Cruze by offering an extra 3 miles per gallon when driving in the city. However, the gap increases to 14 miles per gallon when traveling on the highway.

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