Subaru has been a pretty impressive brand, especially with the latest Subaru Impreza, so it’s not surprising that it will only be going further from here on. However, how does Subaru’s latest production match up to the Honda Civic, one of the most popular compact sedans globally?

The 2017 Subaru Impreza underpins the company’s new global platform, giving it 70 percent more robust build as well as enhanced agility. It also has impressive crash protection levels and brings about an improved driving experience.

The Civic, not surprisingly, is also a vehicle that boasts comfortable driving experience. The vehicle comes with bigger stabilizer bars which greatly benefits its body control. On top of that, it also comes with a feature known as the Agile Handling Assist which provides the driver with better handling.

Look under the hood of the Subaru and you’ll see a 2.0-liter four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine making 148 horsepower to 152 horsepower. It also has an optional Lineartronic CVT which has been revamped by incorporating a seven-speed manual transmission and paddle shifters.

The Civic differs in this aspect as it has different powertrain options for different trim levels. The Civic Sedan LX and EX variants come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft torque while the EX-T, EX-L and Touring variants are fitted with 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, boasting 174 horsepower with 162 lb-ft torque.

2017 Subaru Impreza

The 2017 Subaru comes with some impressive features as well. It has an electric power steering system which is way lighter and smaller with a steering ratio of 13:1.

Folks who go for the variants with Technology Package will be benefiting from extra safety features such as high-beam assist, rear proximity warning, reverse automatic braking, as well as lane keep assist. The latest Subaru will also be coming with CarPlay and Android Auto, making music-on-demand lovers absolutely happy.

Honda won’t be letting Subaru enjoy the spotlight as it has added a new touchscreen display measuring at 7-inches into the Civic. The automaker also incorporated a remote engine star, smart entry with push button start, electronic parking brake, dual-zone auto climate control and not forgetting, Honda’s own Sensing Safety as well as driver-assistive features.

The Subaru Impreza may still be lagging behind the Honda Civic despite all its improvements, but it’s pretty obvious that the former is becoming a close second to the latter.