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Honda Civic vs Subaru Impreza

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Honda Civic
Honda Civic

$47,200 - $72,600

2024 price

Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza

$19,995 - $36,990

2021 price


2024 Honda Civic
2021 Subaru Impreza
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Turbo 4, 2.0L

Flat 4, 2.0L
Fuel Type

Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
8.9L/100km (combined)

7.2L/100km (combined)

  • Price, maybe
  • Limited availability
  • Likely a swansong

  • 2.0L and CVT a bit dull
  • Missing hybrid variant
  • A bit thirsty
2024 Honda Civic Summary

Before we dive in, this isn’t your typical road test. 

That’s because there’s no road, per se. Instead, the majority of what you’re about to read comes from The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.

You’ve read the headline, though, so you’re probably putting it all together: a Honda Civic Type R on a well-liked race track must be bliss. Let’s find out.

A very quick catch-up for those not in the know. The Honda Civic Type R (or CTR if you like) is the brand’s only performance model on sale after the demise of the NSX supercar. 

The current (FL5) CTR is a little over a year old, having been launched internationally in late 2022, but has only been on Aussie shores for a little while. In fact, we’ve already reviewed it for the road, back in April.

But Honda Australia was keen to get media behind the wheel in a setting it says the CTR thrives in - a racetrack. Its predecessor was a car loved almost universally, can this one live up to the new standard?

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2021 Subaru Impreza Summary

Subaru is now known best for being an SUV brand that doesn’t really make SUVs.

Its range of lifted wagons and hatchbacks are successful evolutions of its once-popular sedan and hatch ranges, which included the Impreza.

Now the Liberty mid-size sedan has reached the end of its long run in Australia, the Impreza hatch and sedan represent a little slice of Subaru’s past. The range has been updated for the 2021 model year, so what we’re set on finding out is whether the storied Impreza badge should take your eyes away from more popular rivals.

We took a top-spec 2.0i-S for a week to find out.

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