2021 Subaru Impreza 5 Door vs Crosstrek Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The Impreza and Crosstrek are two of the most affordable models in the 2021 Subaru lineup. They have a lot in common, including virtually identical size and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. But there are some key differences -- some that are obvious, and some that you might not notice even after a test drive. We'll explain all the key differences between these two models below, so you can choose the right one for your life in Southern California.

2021 Subaru Impreza 5 Door vs Crosstrek Exterior

Exterior: 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Impreza sedan is the smallest and most affordable new Subaru model -- but in hatchback form, the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door offers the same comfort, reliability and performance of the Impreza Sedan with even more practicality! You can fold down the rear seats to reveal up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo volume.The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek builds upon the platform of the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door and adds some of the most desirable features of Subaru SUVs like the legendary Outback. It gets 8.7" of ground clearance, rugged body cladding and available features like LED fog lights for even more all-terrain utility. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek also comes standard with expandable roof rails for carrying more gear. You can get silver-finish roof rails on the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door on some upgraded trim levels.

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2021 Subaru Impreza 5 Door vs Crosstrek Interior

Interior: 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Once inside, the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door and 2021 Subaru Crosstrek feel even more similar. You sit lower to the ground in the Impreza, which many find to be more comfortable. But for those who like a more commanding view of the road, the Crosstrek might be more to your liking.

However, the standard features and available options on both cars are quite similar. Both come standard with cloth upholstery, a 6.5" multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, USB charging ports, integrated steering wheel controls and plenty of convenient storage. 

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek also comes with some additional standard features, like automatic climate control and cargo area hooks and tie-downs, that are additional options on the 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door.

Performance: 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

At the entry-level, both these cars come with the same 2.0L BOXER® engine -- but only the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers an optional upgrade to a 2.5L BOXER® engine if you demand more power!

Base 2021 Subaru Impreza and Crosstrek models make 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque from their 2.0L four-cylinder engines. The opposed-piston layout of the engine helps provide a planted feel with their low positioning and wide, flat design. But, in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and Limited trim levels, you get the 2.5L engine inherited from the larger Subaru Outback and Forester. Customers have asked for more power from the Crosstrek, and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport delivers as the most powerful Crosstrek yet!

2021 Subaru Impreza 5 Door vs Crosstrek Features

Safety: 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, wet weather and unpaved surfaces won't have to slow you down when you choose a Subaru. The 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door is the rare city-friendly hatchback with all-wheel drive capability! Meanwhile, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek also gets all-wheel drive, plus available X-MODE® technology and Hill Descent Control for even greater confidence beyond the end of the pavement.

Since both the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door and 2020 Subaru Crosstrek earned 2020 Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you can count on class-leading safety from either model! The 2021 Impreza and Crosstrek models are both identical to the 2020 models when it comes to structural engineering, so they'll provide the same level of award-winning safety.

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Find The Subaru That's Right For You At McKenna Subaru In Norwalk

With a starting MSRP of less than $20,000, the 2021 Subaru Impreza is an affordable way to step up to a brand-new car with the confidence and capability of all-wheel drive and a practical hatchback design. The 2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has a starting MSRP of $19,295. Meanwhile, the greater capacity and capability of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has a starting MSRP of $22,245. We invite you to stop by our showroom today and get a closer look at both vehicles, then test drive the one that best suits your lifestyle. Or learn more at the links below!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
$22,245Starting MSRP*$19,295
33 Highway / 28 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission36 Highway / 28 City
152Standard Horsepower152
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.