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The Impreza delivers agile handling and a supple ride. The interior looks austere and is built with cheap-feeling materials but is well assembled. The rear seat is tight, and in the sedan it doesn't fold to expand the trunk. The wagon's cargo volume is small. The base four-cylinder provides adequate acceleration, but the automatic isn't as slick as some newer competitors. The standard AWD has good all-weather grip but hurts both performance and fuel economy. The WRX and STi are performance versions with strong engines and race car-like handling. Reliability has been excellent. IIHS offset frontal- and side-crash-test results are impressive for non-WRX versions.

See Reliability page for the latest 2006 Subaru Impreza recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2002. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.

Road Test

The Impreza delivers agile handling and a compliant ride. All-wheel drive is standard. But the interior is cramped and spartan. The drag and weight from the AWD system takes a toll on acceleration and fuel economy. The Impreza is not as well-rounded...

Highs

  • Agility, steering, ride, AWD, crash-test results.

Lows

  • Fuel economy, rear-seat room, interior fit and finish, no fold-down rear seat.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (300 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (230 hp)