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The Impreza delivers agile handling and a supple ride. The interior looks austere and is built with cheap-looking 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 four-speed automatic isn't as slick as those from some competitors. The standard AWD hurts both performance and fuel economy. Reliability has been above average for most versions. IIHS offset frontal- and side-crash-test results are good. A 2008 redesign goes on sale this summer with available curtain airbags and stability control.

See Reliability page for the latest 2007 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 (293 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp)