2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Subaru Impreza

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Safety

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The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Impreza doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Impreza.

There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Subaru is ranked fourth.

Engine

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The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (168 vs. 152) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Subaru Impreza (manual transmissions tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Impreza

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

81.4 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Impreza

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

84 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza:

MPG

Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/41 hwy

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Impreza

AWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

Transmission

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A six-speed manual is standard on the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the Impreza.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Impreza doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Corolla Hatchback’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Impreza:

Corolla Hatchback

Impreza

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

10.9 inches

The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Impreza:

Corolla Hatchback

Impreza

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Corolla Hatchback has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corolla Hatchback flat and controlled during cornering. The Impreza base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Corolla Hatchback 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.

Chassis

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The Corolla Hatchback is 10.1 inches shorter than the Impreza Sedan, making the Corolla Hatchback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Corolla Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Impreza Sedan (17.8 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Corolla Hatchback’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Impreza has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the Corolla Hatchback and the Impreza have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla Hatchback is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Impreza prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Corolla Hatchback’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Impreza’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Impreza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Impreza has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Sport/Limited.

The Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Impreza Premium/Sport/Limited.

The Corolla Hatchback XSE’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.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Impreza offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Impreza doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Corolla XSE Auto offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Impreza doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $500 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Impreza, including $113 less for a water pump, $5 less for a muffler, $20 less for front brake pads, $68 less for a starter, $3 less for a fuel pump and $49 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Subaru Impreza, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Subaru Impreza by almost five to one during the 2019 model year.

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