Date Posted: November 27, 2018

The 2019 Honda Civic in Bend, OR is all set for winter car shoppers with turbo engines, a good safety record, and features like keyless ignition and a power driver's seat, but are these enough to survive the serious winter challenges ahead? The 2019 Honda Civic goes against cold-weather veteran 2019 Subaru Impreza in this feature overview.


Safety Comparison

Both the 2019 Subaru Impreza and the 2019 Honda Civic are equipped with standard and optional safety features such as a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and forward collision warnings systems. These two also registered high scores from NHTSA and IIHS crash tests.


The above safety features work just fine on normal pavement, but for secure winter driving, experts strongly recommend selecting cars that have All-Wheel Drive (AWD).

AWD allocates power and continuously monitors the wheels. Should your wheel start spinning due to ice or a pothole, AWD will swiftly transfer power to other wheels to restore stability. It's also crucial for maintaining total control whether you're driving over snow, water, or ice.

If you're looking for All-Wheel Drive on the Civic, you're in for some bad news- the Honda Civic does not offer AWD on any trim level or body style.

In contrast, all Subaru Imprezas are equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This confidence-inspiring AWD system delivers excellent traction and control no matter how frozen the road is or how hard the snow is falling, especially when fitted with snow tires.

Another point in the Impreza's corner is Subaru's breakthrough EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This system works like a second set of eyes that are continually monitoring road conditions to anticipate your needs. It can detect wheel slip, watch over your blind spots, and offer brake assist if you encounter trouble on a frozen road.

Subaru vehicles have a reputation for rugged, winter-ready capabilities, and the 2019 Subaru Impreza is no exception.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Civic does offer considerable room but is no match for the class-leading passenger space on the 2019 Subaru Impreza.

Gearing up for winter activities? You can bring more luggage and equipment in the Impreza hatchback (55 cubic feet with folded seats) than on the Civic sedan (15 cubic feet).

The 2019 Subaru Impreza also offers numerous features designed to enhance your winter driving experience. Standard on the All-Weather Impreza are heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer for maximum visibility, but you can't get these features on the base Honda Civic LX. You can also get a sound-reducing windshield to combat the noise from brisk wind and heavy rain.

Standard as well on the Subaru Impreza are heated seats, which cost extra on the Civic. Pair it with the heated steering wheel and automatic climate controls, and you can forget all about the cold while you stay warm inside your Impreza.

Finally, the new Impreza boasts the SUBARU STARLINK multimedia system with hands-free calling, media streaming, and in-console app functionality to keep even the longest drives pleasant.

Reliability Comparison

The Subaru Impreza ranks as one of the longest lasting vehicles in its class. On the other hand, J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Civic 23rd for initial quality.

The two cars offer the same warranty at three years/36,000 miles basic, and five years/60,000 miles for the powertrain.

Engine Comparison

Engines across the Honda Civic line-up are all great performers, but if you want the turbocharged option, you can only get CVT. For better handling and more power, you can opt for the 306hp Type-R, but it's limited to a manual transmission.

The 2019 Subaru Impreza offers a 152 horsepower 2L engine, which you can pair with a CVT or manual transmission. The stiff chassis enhances sound deadening further, and the steering-wheel paddles reflect the feel of a 7-speed automatic.

Very few compact cars can tackle the harsh winter season with its tough terrains and difficult driving conditions. Without All-Wheel Drive and other essential winter features, the 2019 Honda Civic in Bend, OR is better suited for fair-weather streets. If supreme winter capability is what you're after, the 2019 Subaru Impreza is your best choice.

Winter is upon us, and the 2019 Subaru Impreza is ready for a test drive here at Subaru of Bend. Click to learn more about 2019 Subaru Impreza!

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