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Head to Head: 2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic

In yet another arena of the automotive market, Subaru and Honda go head-to-head. With the Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda HR-V lining themselves up against one another so closely, it’s not too surprising that a second pair of similar vehicles are now facing off to see who comes out on top. The Impreza and the Civic pair off in a number of ways, including in that they each come with more impressive and sports-driven versions of themselves. For our purposes, we’ll take a look at the standard sedan models of these crowd favorites. Subaru’s Impreza has been around since the 1990s, while the Civic took the lead 20 years earlier in the 1970s. How does the newest generation line up? This is the 2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Civic.

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic Interior Comparison

The 2017 Subaru Impreza offers a sedan and a 5-door model and ultimately seats up to five adult passengers. Over 100-cubic feet is available for passenger lounging, which is, as Subaru claims, the largest volume available in its class. Yes- that means it beats out even the eminent Honda Civic. The interior can be had in either ivory or black, and then in either leather, cloth, or sport cloth. The 2017 Honda Civic offers what it calls a “confidence-inspiring cockpit” with clean styling and an easy-to-navigate dash. Gray cloth or leather are available options for the interior of the Civic sedan. Honda’s offering also seats five comfortably, with plenty of space for your more long-legged family members in the second row.

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic Exterior Comparison

In the looks department, both the 2017 Subaru Impreza and the 2017 Honda Civic are handsome in their own right. The color spectrum for both are surprisingly similar, so you won’t have to make your decision on the exterior hue alone (admit it… we’ve all been there). The Impreza can be had with colors like Crystal Black Silica, Lapis Blue Metallic, and Venetian Red Pearl. Also with a focus on reds, blues, and grayscale, the Civic comes in Rallye Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, and more. Profile styling is very similar across the board and the largest differences can be seen in the front fascias of both vehicles. Both sedans proudly display their brand insignia on the front, letting the drivers around you know which vehicle you ended up preferring.

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic Feature Comparison

With the 2017 Subaru Impreza, higher trim levels include the impressive EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This technology monitors traffic movement, optimizes your cruise, and helps you to stay in your lane. The system also includes the Pre-Collision Braking features which ensures you feel safe every time you prepare for a drive. The SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia is also available, which is an all-new system that includes Apple CarPlay, Pandora, and Android Auto integration. The 2017 Honda Civic offers as options everything from remote engine start and heated front seats to Honda Sensing™. This is a suite of safety features that rivals the Impreza’s, ultimately for good- it means both sedans are extremely safe bets.

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic Performance Comparison

Keep in mind that we’re not comparing the auto-enthusiast versions of these vehicles, so don’t expect anything too flashy out of the engines of the Impreza and Civic sedans. The Impreza does boast, however, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine on all models. The engine type is a SUBARU BOXER, Subaru’s pride and joy. This particular one puts out 152-horsepower and 145-lbft of torque. The engine options available with the 2017 Honda Civic sedan give it a range from 158-horsepower to 174-horsepower, and 138 to 167-lbft of torque. This means that, depending on your given trim level, your Civic might just be faster than the average Impreza sedan. However, the Impreza does have a leg up on one thing: its standard Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic Overall Comparison

Subaru is known for marketing towards the outdoorsy crowd that tends to own a furry companion. To that end, the Impreza does a fine job of being their answer. It competes readily with the Civic in almost every way and has the reputation of Subaru’s excellent AWD system to back it up for those mountain adventures. If you’re not interested in carting Fido around outside, however, the Civic answers well for all your needs. Honestly, though, as we always say- it’s best to try both of them on for size. Visit your local AutoNation dealership to test drive each and see which one you end up falling in love with. You might surprise yourself.

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