Given the fact that automakers are basically competing for the same market, it is common to see rivalries between models from different manufacturers. The Subaru Impreza has always been an underdog compared to the Honda Civic. The former however, has been doing very well in the recent times. Will things be different this time as the 2017 Subaru Impreza takes on the 2017 Honda Civic in a sedan shootout?
Test Of Strength
The 2017 Subaru Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine capable of putting out 148 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a seven-speed manual transmission with paddle shifters and an optional Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The 2017 Honda Civic on the other hand draws 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for its base trim LX. The higher trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.
Real Strength Does Not Come From Muscles Alone
The 2017 Honda Civic may have the upper hand in terms of power but the 2017 Subaru Impreza has its own aces up its sleeves. According to report, the 2017 Subaru Impreza takes the lead in the aspects of design and road performance. Apparently, the 2017 Subaru Impreza has better handling and control. In addition, it also has greater cornering agility and straight-line stability because of the new Global Platform it's built on.
Battle Of Features
In terms of safety, the 2017 Honda Civic has the Honda Sensing while the 2017 Subaru Impreza has the Subaru EyeSight. These safety packages basically have the same features such as lane keep assist, rear proximity warning and reverse automatic braking. In the technology aspect, the 2017 Subaru Impreza has the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the 2017 Honda Civic has added a new seven-inch screen along with several other features such as remote engine start and electronic parking brake.
End Of The Round
At the end of the round, the 2017 Honda Civic managed to score some points but so did the 2017 Subaru Impreza. This certainly was a close battle and the 2017 Subaru Impreza showed the 2017 Honda Civic that it should watch out.