2021 Corolla vs. 2020 Impreza Comparison

Sedans are the perfect everyday city car. They have the space for essentials like groceries, they can get you where you need to go efficiently, and they can fit more easily into small parking places, garages, and more. But, while some carmakers are happy to give you just the basics in their sedans, some like to make sure even their compact cars are fun to drive. The Toyota Corolla and the Subaru Impreza are two compelling examples of that.

The Corolla has been around for decades, racking up more than 44 million sales worldwide since its worldwide debut in 1966. The Subaru Impreza drove onto the lot several decades later in 1993.

For the most fuel-efficient drive between these two competitors, the 2021 Corolla offers a hybrid engine option that has an impressive EPA-estimated 53/52/52 MPG(city/highway/combined). The Impreza does not have a hybrid engine option available in North America. Additionally, the Corolla was awarded the prestigious 2020 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal for the 2020 model year.

Toyota also packs tons of useful features into the Corolla without add-ons. All Toyota Corolla trims come standard with a suite of active safety features called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Subaru’s own suite of active safety features called EyeSight® is available as an upgrade on the base grade but only comes standard on Impreza Premium or higher.

To get a better understanding of which car is for you, let's compare in areas of safety, performance, and interior.

Publish Date: 11/05/2020

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Safety

Help yourself to feel safe when you're trying to get from point A to point B in a car that has the active safety technology to help you stay focused on the road.

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Safety

  • You get more safety features standard on the base level Corolla w/CVT with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) than the Impreza.
  • You also get Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) on all 2021 Corollas which helps prevent backwards rolling on a steep incline.
  • For even more advanced features like Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Toyota drivers can upgrade to the Corolla XLE or XSE.
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Performance

The 2021 Corolla has great EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings without sacrificing power under the hood.

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Performance

  • The two base-grade Corollas, L and LE, have an EPA-estimated 30/38/33 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, while the Impreza with CVT has an EPA-estimated 28/36/32 (city/highway/combined).
  • The highest EPA-estimated MPG ratings option in this comparison is the Corolla Hybrid LE.
  • When comparing the 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder engines of the Corolla and Impreza, the Corolla has more horsepower.
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Interior

Whether you want to play your favorite tunes with the windows down, or warm up in the winter, the Corolla has just what you need.

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Interior

  • You get a more comfortable ride in the Corolla XLE and XSE with a power-adjustable driver's seat option and heated front seats.
  • You also get a bigger screen and more speakers on the standard Corolla model.
  • While both vehicles have Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, only the Corolla has Amazon Alexa compatibility.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Impreza

Introduced to the world in 1966, the Corolla has been around longer than the Impreza which was brought to the lineup in 1993.

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Impreza

  • The 2021 Corolla offers more standard safety features on the base-grade Corolla than the Impreza with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • You also have more trim options with the Corolla which includes manual, CVT, and hybrid models.
  • Both the Corolla and Impreza have the option for an 8-inch touchscreen above the base model.
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