2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

When you're choosing between two Subaru models, you're bound to end up with an amazing vehicle. But it's best to find a Subaru car or SUV that's perfectly suited to your needs. Take the Subaru Impreza 5-Door and the Subaru Crosstrek, for example. They have a number of similarities, but there are also some key differences. We'll dive into both of these below so that you can figure out which one is best for you.

2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Exterior

2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Design Differences & Similarities

The Subaru Crosstrek is a crossover SUV and the Subaru Impreza 5-Door is a compact hatchback, but the Crosstrek is actually modeled after the Impreza 5-Door. As such, they look very similar. What's more, their interior dimensions are identical. It's outside where most of the differences lie.

Although these two vehicles differ slightly in length and width, it's height where you'll find the greatest difference. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is over half a foot taller than the Subaru Impreza 5-Door, for a couple reasons. The first is that it has a higher ground clearance. While the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door is 5.1 inches off the ground, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance! The second thing that makes the Subaru Crosstrek taller? Every 2020 Crosstrek comes standard with roof rails for carrying oversized cargo like surfboards. Roof rails are available on the Subaru Impreza 5-Door, but they're not a standard feature.

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2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Interior

2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Performance

Though the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Impreza 5-Door share the same engine, there are nevertheless some differences. Since it's the lighter of the two vehicles, the Subaru Impreza 5-Door does get better gas mileage than the Subaru Crosstrek. But if you want to tow anything, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is the better choice. It allows you to tow up to 1,500 pounds. Towing is not recommended in the Subaru Impreza.

Despite these few differences, the Subaru Impreza 5-Door and the Subaru Crosstrek have a number of similarities. Both provide a smooth and enjoyable ride thanks to features like the BOXER® engine's horizontally opposed design, four-wheel independent suspension, and the Subaru Global Platform. You'll also get a choice between a manual transmission and a Lineartronic® CVT automatic transmission.

2020 Subaru Impreza 5dr vs Subaru Crosstrek Features

2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Safety

Subaru vehicles are known for their remarkable safety, and these two are perfect examples of that. They're both highly rated by independent agencies. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded both the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2020 Subaru Impreza with their prestigious 2020 Top Safety Pick award. Similarly, both vehicles received a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But it's more than just crashworthiness that makes these two vehicles well regarded for their safety. They both also offer Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance technology, even at the entry level. EyeSight® includes adaptive cruise control to help you keep a safe distance from other cars on the highway, as well as lane keep assist and lane departure/sway warning to help you stay where you need to be. And if an accident seems imminent, the pre-collision braking can kick in to make it less severe, or even avoid it altogether.

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2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Value & Conclusion

There is a definite difference in price between these two cars. The 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door has a starting MSRP that's $2,950 less than that of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. However, the Crosstrek does offer a number of standard features that are available upgrades only if you choose the Subaru Impreza 5-Door. Adding features like alloy wheels and roof rails to the Subaru Impreza 5-Door will raise the price.

But, when it comes down to it, both of these vehicles are priced exceptionally well. If you prefer the higher ground clearance and extra versatility of a crossover SUV, the Subaru Crosstrek is an exceptional choice. But if the sleek looks and capability of a hatchback are more your style, the 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door fits the bill just right. If you're still not sure which one is the best fit for your needs, we invite you to take both for a spin at our showroom.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
$22,145Starting MSRP*$19,195
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission36 Highway / 28 City
152Horsepower152
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.