The 2016 Subaru Impreza vs. the 2016 Toyota Corolla

When you think of reliable sedans, the Subaru Impreza and the Toyota Corolla come to mind. These vehicles come highly rated, but for drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area, we're going to delve a little deeper and give you a closer look at these comparable cars.

In this vehicle comparison, we're going to turn our attention towards the differences in engine power, interior space, technology and entertainment, and safety. By the end of this article, you'll have a clearer idea as to which vehicle offers more and which one you can see yourself test driving. Let's start by looking under the hood.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla Engine Power & Performance

The Subaru Impreza sedan features a 2-Liter 4-Cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine, which is a flat laying engine with horizontally opposed valves. This engine pushes power through these valves into the symmetrical all-wheel drive system to give drivers superior handling and agility with turns and evasive driving.

This engine allows the Subaru Impreza to reach 148 horsepower with 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Because this engine lays flat, it eliminates drag and allows the Subaru Impreza to get the most out of its fuel. This vehicle also features a fully synchronized 5-speed manual transmission.

The Toyota Corolla is equipped with a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle has the ability to reach 132 horsepower with 128 lb.-ft. of torque. In this category, the Subaru Impreza has the advantage. Not only does it reach a higher horsepower, but it also features all-wheel drive. The Toyota Corolla only features front-wheel drive. Although effective in harsh weather, it's simply not as reliable as the symmetrical all-wheel drive featured in the Subaru Impreza.

Interior Space & Comfort

The Subaru Impreza and the Toyota Corolla are both equipped to carry 5 passengers. For seating, the Subaru Impreza features tricot upholstery and the Toyota Corolla features fabric-trimmed seats. In terms of front space, the Subaru Impreza features 39.8 inches of head room and 43.5 inches of leg room. The Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, only features 38.3 inches of head room and 42.3 inches of leg room. As you can see, the Subaru Impreza leads this category because it offers more head and leg room for its passengers.

Technology & Entertainment Features

The 2016 Subaru Impreza is outfitted with the STARLINK™ infotainment system. This system features a 6.2-inch color touch screen display that allows you to access the CD player or the HD Radio®. This particular radio provides you with AM/FM listening pleasure at a higher audio quality. Lovers of talk radio will appreciate the lack of annoying buzz that usually comes with listening to AM radio.

The Bluetooth® phone connectivity system allows you to stay connected with family and friends with the ability to make and receive phone calls without having to use your hands. The Bluetooth® can also be utilized to stream music directly from your phone into the speaker system.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla features the Entune™ system, which offers up a 6.1-inch color touch screen display. This screen can be used to access the AM/FM radio or the CD player. This vehicle also features the Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, which also shares the ability to stream music from smartphone libraries or internet radio apps.

In this category, the Subaru Impreza takes the lead for two reasons. The first one being that it offers a slightly bigger touch screen display by about .1 inch. Another advantage that the Subaru Impreza has over the Toyota Corolla is the HD Radio®. This particular radio offers a higher sound quality than the one featured in the Toyota Corolla.

Safety Features & Ratings

The 2016 Subaru Impreza's 4-wheel anti-lock braking system features Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and a Traction Control System. The VDC and TCS proactively add pressure to certain tires if they sense wheel slip or lane drift. By doing this, they effectively get your vehicle back on track.

Regarding collision protection, the Subaru Impreza features advanced front airbags, which inflate according to the force of impact. This helps reduce airbag related injuries. The seat-mounted side airbags and the side curtain airbags will protect passengers in the event of a side-impact. The Subaru Impreza also features a knee airbag for the driver.

The Toyota Corolla also features a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system with Vehicle Stability Control, which, much like the systems featured in the Subaru Impreza, actively get your vehicle back on track by reducing engine speed and increasing specific brake pressure. The Toyota Corolla also offers advanced front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags. The Toyota Corolla even features a driver's knee airbag.

Although these safety features seem similar, safety ratings tell a different story. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Toyota Corolla performed well with all of its categories except small overlap front, which it only offers marginal protection.

The Subaru Impreza, on the other hand, performed well in every category and even offers superior front crash prevention. Because of this, the IIHS voted the Subaru Impreza as a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. A vehicle must perform perfectly in all of its tests to earn this title and that is what the Subaru Impreza did.

2016 Subaru Impreza vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla Final Verdict

In this vehicle comparison, we showed you the similarities and the differences between the Subaru Impreza the Toyota Corolla. You learned that the Subaru Impreza features an engine that can reach a higher horsepower than the Toyota Corolla. In the category of space, you learned that the Subaru Impreza took the lead because it offers more head and leg room for front passengers.

Regarding technology and entertainment, you learned that the Subaru Impreza offers a slightly larger touch screen display, although the difference in AM/FM sound quality is more obvious. You also saw safety features and ratings. You now know that the Subaru Impreza offers you superior protection. Overall, the Subaru Impreza offers more to you in every category.


Schedule your test drive with the 2016 Subaru Impreza today at Lynnes Subaru-the dealership that proudly serves drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area.

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