2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Subaru might be best known for larger SUVs like the renowned Outback and best-selling Forester, but a compact Subaru car gives you more utility than most rivals for a similar price! Whether you choose the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door -- a compact car --  or the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek -- a compact crossover -- you really can't go wrong. That's because they're both built by Subaru, and that means standard all-wheel drive capability and proven longevity and toughness. That means they're both better suited than cars from rival brands at keeping up with life in the Rocky Mountains. Find out below which of these cars is right for you!

2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

Similarities: Size & Capacity

These two Subaru models may look a bit different with some different styling cues -- like the durable, rugged-looking black body cladding on the Subaru Crosstrek -- that hint at their different characters. But they might look to be the same size and share a lot of the same lines once you compare them side by side. That's because they share a basically identical chassis design, wheelbase and interior cabin space. Both provide a spacious 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space, which is generous for a compact car. And when you fold down the rear seats you get 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space

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2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Interior

Differences: Exterior Features

In addition to that rugged black body cladding we mentioned above, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with 8.7" of ground clearance like an SUV, compared to the car-appropriate 5.1" of ground clearance given by the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door. That makes it better suited for unpaved roads, gravel lots and super-snowy conditions. And with a standard roof rack, you can more easily attach gear for carrying fishing tackle, skis, snowboards and more on the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. You can, however, get one installed as an option on the Impreza 5-Door for even greater utility.

Similarities: Technology

When it comes to interior features and amenities, these two Subaru models offer basically the same features, functionality and options. A standard touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility comes standard. Also standard are cloth seats, a folding rear seat and USB charging. A larger screen with available navigation is an optional upgrade. You can also get both models with luxurious features like heated power seats and leather upholstery -- but you'll also notice some sporty, adventurous-looking orange contrast stitching in the leather of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Features

Differences: Off-Road Capability

In addition to the greater ground clearance, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek can be equipped with Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® off-road technology! X-MODE® tunes engine, transmission and all-wheel-drive system response for superior grip and reduced wheelspin on low-friction surfaces like loose gravel, grass and snow. Those exciting technologies aren't available on the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

However, the 2020 Subaru Impreza still has standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive! You can still benefit from this on the pavement, especially in snowy and icy conditions. Packed snow won't leave you spinning at a stoplight thanks to Subaru engineering.

Similarities: Safety & Driver Assistance

At the entry level, both cars come with a manual transmission and lack standard driver assistance. But, when you select a model with the automatic transmission, you also get the added peace of mind that comes from standard Subaru EyeSight®. EyeSight®  provides forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise control. That means, in traffic, this car can alert you and even stop itself if a collision risk is detected up ahead. And at speed, it'll help you speed up and slow down to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you in cruise control mode. Subaru EyeSight® comes standard on all 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door and Subaru Crosstrek models equipped with a CVT automatic transmission!

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At a starting MSRP of just $19,195, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door provides a lot more utility than your average compact car, for a rather compact price! But if you demand even more capability and a little more adventurous spirit for your next compact crossover, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is ready for the tough things life in the Salt Lake City area can throw at you. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek starts at an MSRP of $22,145.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
$22,145Starting MSRP*$19,195
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission36 Highway / 28 City
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space100.9 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume55.3 Cubic Feet
1,500 PoundsMax Towing CapacityTowing Not Recommended
AvailableEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyAvailable
AlloyStandard WheelsSteel
AvailableX-MODE®Not Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.