"The base 2010 Subaru Impreza rides and handles satisfactorily for a compact car, and its tenacious all-wheel-drive grip is a boon for wet-weather driving. The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer has more aural character than your typical economy-grade four-cylinder, and it delivers adequate punch when called on. The 2.5 GT is decently fast in a straight line, but its performance is perceptibly blunted by the lazy four-speed auto. Moreover, the GT is uninspiring when the road gets twisty, owing to its incongruously soft suspension." (Edmunds)
"Both the sedan and hatch do exceptionally well in crash tests. In government crash testing, the 2010 Subaru Impreza scores a perfect five stars for frontal crash protection, five stars for front occupants in a side crash, and four stars for rear occupants in a side crash (...) Compared with its rivals, the 2010 Subaru Impreza comes well-equipped with quite a few creature comforts, even in base form." (TheCarConnection)
Nissan Sentra - $17,160
A standard Nissan Sentra is powered by a 2,0 liter four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 hp at 5100 RPM and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg (city) and 34 mph (highway). For the price you will get Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Anti-lock Braking System, 16" Steel wheels with wheel covers, Interface System for iPod, Remote keyless entry and Trip computer and outside temperature display.
Honda Civic - 15,655
The Honda Civic is powered by a 140-hp 1.8-Liter, 16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylinder Engine with a fuel economy of 26 mpg (city) and 34 mph (highway).
Mazda 3 - $16,045
Mazda 3 is powered by a 2,0 liter 4-cylinder engine with a total output of 148 hp. It achieves 24 mpg in city driving-a two mpg improvement-and 33 on the highway.
So, why to buy the Subaru Impreza? First it comes with all-wheel drive system. Then it comes with turbocharged engines and offers plenty of interior space for both front and rear passengers.
Why not to buy? It comes with four-speed automatic transmission and has a below-average fuel economy.