Compare the 2019 Subaru Impreza to the 2019 Hyundai Elantra and Find the Best Small Car in Olympia, WA

2019 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra Small Car Comparison in Olympia, WA

When you're looking for a small car that perfectly suits life in the Pacific Northwest, it's hard to get any better than the 2019 Subaru Impreza. Its city-friendly driving style is paired with capable performance and standard AWD to create a car that performs well every day, rain or shine. While the 2019 Hyundai Elantra may try to compete, it simply lacks much of what the Subaru Impreza has to offer.

At Hanson Subaru, we want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision. That's why we've put together Subaru comparison pages like this one. Once you've seen what Subaru has to offer, head in to Hanson Subaru for a test drive!

The spacious rear seat of a 2019 Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Interior

The Subaru Impreza may technically be a small car, but "small" doesn't feel like the right word to use for a sedan with 99.8 cubic feet of passenger volume! It's much more comfortable on long trips compared to the Hyundai Elantra, which has just 95.8 cubic feet. This means that you'll get more front headroom, more front and rear legroom, and more front and rear shoulder room in the Subaru Impreza than you get in the Hyundai Elantra.

Space isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to comfort, and Subaru knows this. Basic comfort features like floor mats and cruise control are standard on the Subaru Impreza--but you'll have to pay more to add even these basic features to the Hyundai Elantra!


Close-up of the touchscreen of a 2019 Subaru Impreza, showing several apps.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Technology

The Subaru Impreza comes with the impressive STARLINK™ Multimedia system, which is controlled by a 6.5-inch touchscreen. This system includes standard connectivity through Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto. Not only does the Hyundai Elantra have only a 5-inch touchscreen, but Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are completely unavailable in the entry-level trim; you have to pay more to get them.


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The BOXER engine that powers the 2019 Subaru Impreza.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Performance

The engines in these two cars may seem similar, despite the fact that the Subaru generates a bit more power. And on paper, there doesn't seem to be much difference. But you don't drive on paper--and once you hit the road, you'll be able to tell the benefits of a SUBARU BOXER® engine. It gives the Subaru Impreza a low center of gravity and great balance. It also cancels out vibrations for a quieter ride. What's more, the Subaru Impreza comes with four-wheel independent suspension for a truly smooth driving experience. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra has less advanced torsion-beam rear suspension.


A cross-section of the Subaru Impreza, showing the safety cage.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Safety

When it comes to your safety, the Subaru Impreza is the natural choice. It's equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which gives you extra traction on slick roads. The Hyundai Elantra only comes with front-wheel drive. That's not the only advantage the Subaru Impreza has; it also comes with disc brakes on all four wheels, while the Hyundai Elantra comes standard with rear-wheel drum brakes. You can get rear disc brakes on the Elantra, but it will cost more.


A side mirror with alert, indicating Blind Spot Detection at work.

Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Driver Assist Technology

Even the entry-level Subaru Impreza has available Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes lane keep assist, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control. Similar features can be found in the Hyundai Elantra, but only if you pay more. You can't get any of these features on the entry-level Elantra, and adaptive cruise control is only available in the top-of-the-line trim level.

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Find Your Next Sedan at Hanson Subaru, Serving Lacey and Tumwater

Subaru and the Pacific Northwest are a perfect match. No other vehicle gives you quite the same combination of comfortable, city-friendly driving and adventurous capability--but that's just the start of what makes Subaru special. Your Subaru is a true companion. And, with 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade still on the road today, you can trust that it's in it for the long haul.

When you've decided to go Subaru, head to Hanson Subaru, serving Hawks Prairie and Tenino from our convenient location at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502. We have a huge inventory filled with new Subaru models, but that's just the beginning. In addition to our regularly updated sale and lease incentives, we also have a Price Match Guarantee! If you find another Subaru dealership in Washington with prices lower than ours, we'll match the price they're offering.

Hanson Subaru is also proud to be part of the community. As part of the Subaru Love Promise, we work with local nonprofits and charities like the Puget Sound Blood Center and Meals on Wheels. We look forward to seeing you at Hanson 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 Highway (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)29 City/38 Highway (MPG)
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.

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