2019 Subaru Impreza 4dr vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra Model Comparison Information in Redwood City, CA

May 23, 2019

Small sedans are incredibly popular in the Bay Area. Their convenient, compact size makes them perfect for navigating city streets, and their higher gas mileage means that you can go longer without stopping to fill up. And when it comes to finding the best compact car, you can't go wrong with the Subaru Impreza. It has the high quality for which Subaru is known and the extra traction that comes from standard AWD. It's even more impressive when you compare it to a competitor like the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. You can see more about how these two compare below; then, be sure to head to Carlsen Subaru for a test drive.

A view of the front row of seats in a 2019 Subaru Impreza, showing its spacious dimensions.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Interior

"Small" and "compact" are words that technically fit the Subaru Impreza. But despite its compact exterior footprint, the Subaru Impreza has a remarkably spacious interior. Step inside and you'll find a comfortable 99.8 cubic feet of passenger volume--more than the 95.8 cubic feet in the Hyundai Elantra.

Of course, it takes more than lots of space to make an inviting interior, and the Subaru Impreza excels. Features like floor mats and cruise control may not seem like much until you go without them. These features are standard on the 2019 Subaru Impreza, but not on the Hyundai Elantra. To get them on the Elantra, you'll have to pay extra.


The touchscreen of a 2019 Subaru Impreza, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Technology

Step inside the Subaru Impreza and you'll be impressed to see a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen display that controls the STARLINK™ Multimedia system. The Hyundai Elantra does come with a touchscreen, but it's only 5 inches. What's more, Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ are unavailable on the entry-level model of the Hyundai Elantra. No matter which 2019 Subaru Impreza you choose, you'll get these features standard.

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A view of the powerful and efficient SUBARU BOXER engine that powers the 2019 Impreza.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Performance

The SUBARU BOXER® engine that powers the Impreza is horizontally opposed, which gives the Impreza a low center of gravity and decreased vibrations. What's more, it generates more horsepower and torque than the engine in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. And, when equipped with automatic transmission, both cars get up to 38 miles per gallon.


The high-strength steel body structure of a Subaru Impreza, which protects its occupants in case of a collision.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Safety

The identical fuel economy is particularly impressive, considering that the Subaru Impreza is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This AWD system gives the Subaru Impreza much better traction than competitors like the Hyundai Elantra, which only comes with front-wheel drive. The Subaru Impreza also comes with disc brakes on all four wheels. While this is an available option in the Hyundai Elantra, it comes standard with rear-wheel drum brakes, an older technology.

The difference in safety has been noted by organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the 2019 Subaru Impreza received perfect five-star safety ratings across the board, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra got four stars in every category. Furthermore, the NHTSA noted that the Hyundai Elantra has a safety concern that makes injury to the rear side passengers more likely in an accident.


The Subaru Impreza has even more safety when equipped with available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Driver Assist Technology

Subaru EyeSight® is a suite of driver assist functions that drastically reduces the risk of a rear-end collision with injuries. It's available on even the entry-level Subaru Impreza. You can find similar features in the Hyundai Elantra, including lane keep assist, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control. However, these aren't even available on the entry-level Elantra. In fact, adaptive cruise control is an available option on the top-of-the-line trim level only.

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Find Your New Ride at Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City

Above, you've already seen how exceptional the 2019 Subaru Ascent is. But no matter which Subaru you choose, you'll find that same dedication to quality. Subaru has been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years running. It's also been rated #1 in owner satisfaction, according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. This means that Subaru works hard to make vehicles that will make you happy, mile after mile.

You'll find that same dedication to your happiness at Carlsen Subaru, serving Oakland and San Mateo from our convenient location at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063. In addition to our extensive inventory of new Subaru models and our regularly updated special sale and lease offers, we have friendly staff who are dedicated to making your experience free of stress. We're also involved in the community, and have received the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award in recognition of this. We partner with local nonprofits and charities like ASPCA, Save the Bay, Music for Minors, and more. We look forward to helping you find your perfect vehicle at Carlsen Subaru.

2019 Subaru Impreza2019 Hyundai Elantra
$18,595Starting MSRP*$17,200
All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
152Horsepower147
145 lb-ftTorque132 lb-ft
28 City/38 HighwayFuel Economy With Automatic Transmission (MPG)29 City/38 Highway
99.8 Cubic FeetPassenger Space95.8 Cubic Feet
StandardCruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardFloor MatsAvailable Upgrade
Standard4-Wheel Disc BrakesAvailable Upgrade
Independent Double WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion Beam

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.