Compact cars like the Subaru Impreza and Honda Civic are great options because of their sharp handling, sporty design, and impressive fuel economy. So, which one is right for you? Maguire Subaru hopes to help drivers in Ithaca decide with this Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic comparison.

Subaru Impreza vs Honda Civic Capability

Both the Subaru Impreza hatchback and sedan have standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This gives your compact car the same kind of reliability in tough conditions that you'd find in an SUV.

The drivetrain is also equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Control. This system monitors your drive and can detect when you've started drifting or skidding. Then it uses the brakes and reduces the throttle to help you get back in control.

You'll also be able to grip the road in any conditions. A Traction Control System puts the brakes on any wheels that start slipping, while Active Torque Vectoring improves you handling and lets you take tighter turns.

Every version of the Honda Civic comes with Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control, but it isn't as versatile. It's only available with front-wheel drive and doesn't feature anything to enhance your performance like Active Torque Vectoring.

Safety & Driver Assistance Features

The Subaru Impreza was named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned this honor by protecting passengers with seven airbags, making sure everyone is strapped in tightly with Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), and giving you more awareness with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology.

This smart system uses sensors and cameras to prevent accidents before they occur. Some of the driver assistance features you can count on are:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

The Honda Civic also offers a package of driver assistance features and comes with LATCH. However, it only has six airbags and wasn't able to earn the same safety rating from IIHS.

Infotainment System

The dashboard of the Subaru Impreza comes with a standard touchscreen display for your infotainment system. A 6.5-inch screen is standard, but an 8-inch one is also available. Both options are Bluetooth® compatible and let you connect your smartphone with standard Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Aha™ smartphone integration.

The Honda Civic also comes with an infotainment system, but its standard display is a just a 5-inch LCD screen. Even its larger option falls short of the Impreza's biggest screen at 7 inches across. While both of them feature Bluetooth®, Aha™ integration isn't offered and neither Apple CarPlay™ nor Android Auto™ are available on the base trim.

Test Drive a Sporty Compact Car

Visit Maguire Subaru to test drive the safe and capable Subaru Impreza. It offers lots of features to protect drivers in Ithaca and make your drive more enjoyable. To learn more about this Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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