Compare Subaru Impreza vs Honda Civic

Shopping for a new sedan or hatchback can get confusing. There are a number of different makes, models and trim levels to choose from. That is why we have analyzed arguably two of the most popular cars. We have broken down key information on them below so you can have a more informed car-buying experience. Check out the differences between the Subaru Impreza and the Honda Civic below!



It doesn’t matter if you’re from Hartford, Middletown or beyond, you want to feel safe when you’re on the road. That is why each vehicle comes with its own set of safety features. The Subaru Impreza has an available EyeSight ® technology package. This includes:

  • EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature adjusts your cruising speed to match the flow of traffic.
  • EyeSight Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning: When you begin to drift from your proper lane position, this feature will warn you.
  • Pre-Collision Braking: By monitoring the road in front of you, this feature can activate braking procedures if a collision is likely.
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management: This reduces engine power to minimize likely impact force and frontal collision damage.

The Honda Civic has a similar package called Honda Sensing ®. Instead of a throttle management system, it has a Road Departure Mitigation System. This gently guides you back to your proper lane position when you have drifted off.

A key safety difference between the two models is between Honda LaneWatch ™ and the Subaru Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Honda version of this feature uses a small camera to allow you to see vehicles hiding in your blindspot on the right side. The Subaru version uses radar sensors to alert you of folks hiding in your blindspot on the left or right side. An added bonus of this feature is that the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert feature warns you of folks approaching the rear of your vehicle when you are reversing. This is an ideal feature for Norwich folks that feel nervous about backing out of tight parking spaces.

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The Subaru Impreza comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. This provides 152-horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The Honda Civic has slightly more horsepower but has less torque, which could leave the vehicle feeling fairly lackluster.

The Impreza, unlike the Civic, comes standard with the symmetrical all-wheel drive. This is ideal for any New England driver that has to tackle heavy snow and slippery road conditions. This feature optimizes road grip helps you take on almost any challenge that mother nature can throw at you.

Subaru’s longevity also deserves an honorable mention. If you are looking for a vehicle that will last and stay in your family for years to come then look no further than the Subaru Impreza. The Impreza is the longest-lasting vehicle in its class, with 96% of vehicles sold in the last 10 years still on the road today. According to Kelley Blue Book, it has the Best Resale Value in its class. According to ALG, it also retains its value better than any other vehicle in its class. That means that your investment is protected by siding with this model.

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With advances to modern technology, come advances to your vehicle. The technology is both of these popular car brands are designed to make life easier. Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ are featured on each sedan or hatchback to make connecting your smartphone and accessing your favorite applications easier.

If you are a music lover and want a car with a good audio system, you may want to side with the available Harman Kardon ® speaker system in the Impreza. It delivers a crisp and clear sound out of this vehicle’s six-speaker system. The Honda civic offers its own system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer though. Both vehicles have an upgraded touchscreen available. The Honda Civic has a seven inch available while the Subaru has an eight-inch available.

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Passenger Space

Each vehicle has seating for up to five passengers. Folks may find that the Impreza is a bit more comfortable though. This is because it has 112.1 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to the Civic and its 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume.

The Honda Civic beats out the Subaru Impreza in cargo volume, sporting only a few cubic feet more of space. Although, for folks that enjoy weekend adventures in the New London area, you will be happy to know that the Subaru Impreza has an available roof rack. This allows you to bring extra gear, your mountain bike or a slew of other items by strapping it to the roof. The Honda Civic does not have a roof rack available.

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Experience the Impreza at Our Dealership in the North Franklin Area


If you are interested in learning more about the Subaru Impreza and all that it has to offer, stop by our dealership. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to greet you and take you through the ins and outs of this Subaru. If you would like to learn more before you buy, ask our staff if you can test drive it. This will allow you to get into the driver's seat and make a truly educated decision if this is the vehicle for you.

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