Compare 2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Honda Civic

2021 Subaru Impreza
2021 Honda Civic

2021 Subaru Impreza


2021 Honda Civic

2.0L 4cyl


1.5L 4cyl
152 HP


180 HP
23 city / 31 hwy*

Fuel Economy

29 city / 35 hwy*

Serving Cary, NC

If you're looking for a small, economical, and practical car, you've likely considered the 2021 Subaru Impreza and the 2021 Honda Civic. These sedans are, after all, two of the world's most popular, and they've been going head-to-head for years. The current generation of the Impreza debuted in 2017, while the Civic was introduced in 2016. While neither model has received any significant updates for this model year, Subaru has added an SI-Drive engine management system to all new Impreza models. In this Subaru Impreza online test drive, the team at Johnson Subaru of Cary will show you what sets these sedans apart from one another, and we'll see how they compare.


The 2021 Subaru Impreza comes in four different trims: the base model, Premium, Sport, and Limited. The 2021 Civic has five trim levels from which to choose: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring models. Both cars have a hatchback option, but we're focusing on sedans for the purposes of this comparison. The Impreza's wheelbase is 105.1 inches and it measures 182.7 inches in length. The 2021 Civic's wheelbase is slightly longer at 106.3 inches, but the length is the same. Either way, you'll find 16" steel wheels as standard equipment, with 17" or 18" wheels being available. Contact us today to request an online test drive.


Does the Civic's somewhat longer wheelbase provide additional passenger room? No! As a matter of fact, the Impreza comes out on top: it has 99.8 cubic feet, while the Civic only has 97.8. The 2021 Impreza also beats the Civic in terms of front legroom—43.1 cubic inches vs. 42.3 inches. While both vehicles can seat up to five passengers in their two rows, the Impreza offers an impressive amount of cargo area. All Civic models include a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, while some Imprezas come with an upgraded eight-inch unit. Stop by Johnson Subaru of Cary to check it out for yourself or schedule a Subaru Impreza online test drive.

Mechanical Specifications

Powertrains are one of the most interesting aspects of this comparison, simply because the Civic and the Impreza are both known for their performance and for being a lot of fun to drive. The most significant difference between these two sedans is that the Impreza is AWD (all wheel drive), while the Honda Civic is FWD (front-wheel drive) only. Both vehicles are powered by four-cylinder engines, but the Impreza offers slightly more torque than the Civic (145 vs. 138 lb. ft.) Subaru offers a manual transmission on its base model, but the Civic does not.


Drivers considering the 2021 Subaru Impreza at Johnson Subaru of Cary will be happy to learn that it has earned top honors from the IIHS and NHTSA. By comparison, the Civic received lesser honors. Both sedans have all the infotainment features you'd expect, but Subaru sets itself apart with its SI-Drive system. This engine management suite provides selectable drive modes that affect traction, acceleration, fuel performance, and other factors. Another notable difference is that, while Subaru offers rear auto braking, Honda doesn't.

Request Additional Information or Set Up a Test Drive

If you have more questions on the differences between the 2021 Honda Civic and the 2021 Subaru Impreza at Johnson Subaru of Cary, our team invites you to contact us online or give us a call. Even if you're still undecided, we can keep you up to date on our latest specials via text or email. Drivers throughout the area can set up an in-person or online test drive by calling or clicking today.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.