2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan vs. 2019 Subaru Impreza

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Elantra Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Impreza doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is safer than the Subaru Impreza:

Elantra Sedan


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

224 G’s

293 G’s

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

683 lbs.

824 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


The Elantra Sedan comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Impreza’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Elantra Sedan 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Impreza. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Impreza ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Elantra Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Impreza’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 33 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Elantra Sedan’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Elantra Sedan second among compact cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Impreza isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.


The Elantra Sedan Eco’s standard 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (156 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl. The Elantra Sedan Sport’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 49 more horsepower (201 vs. 152) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Elantra Sedan Eco is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.9 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Elantra Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza Sedan:


Elantra Sedan


Eco 1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

SE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/41 hwy

SEL/Value/Limited 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Impreza Sedan


2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy


2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Elantra Sedan Eco’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Impreza doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.


The Hyundai Elantra Sedan comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Impreza.

The Elantra Sedan offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Impreza doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Elantra Sedan Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Impreza:

Elantra SE/Eco

Elantra Sport


Impreza Sport

Front Rotors

11 inches

12 inches

10.9 inches

11.6 inches

The Elantra Sedan stops much shorter than the Impreza:



60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Elantra Sedan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Impreza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Elantra Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Impreza (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Elantra Sedan Limited handles at .84 G’s, while the Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Elantra Sedan Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Elantra Sedan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Impreza’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The Elantra Sedan has .5 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Impreza.

Cargo Capacity

The Elantra Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (14.4 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Impreza doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


When two different drivers share the Elantra Sedan Limited, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Impreza doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional Seat Easy Access glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Impreza doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Elantra Sedan’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Impreza’s power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

When the Elantra Sedan Limited with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Impreza’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Impreza offer available heated front seats. The Elantra Sedan Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Impreza.

The Elantra Sedan’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Impreza doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Elantra Limited has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Impreza doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Elantra Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Elantra Sedan than the Impreza, including $126 less for a water pump, $22 less for a muffler, $46 less for front brake pads, $213 less for a starter, $3 less for fuel injection, $134 less for a fuel pump, $192 less for front struts and $76 less for a timing belt/chain.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Elantra Sedan and the Subaru Impreza, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Hyundai Elantra outsold the Subaru Impreza by almost three to one during 2018.

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