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The new 2008 Impreza got its first true redesign since 1993. The carryover 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, as 23 mpg overall is low for this class. The ride is commendably compliant and handling remains agile with good steering feedback. The Impreza is a bit larger than the previous generation and the cabin is roomier, particularly the rear seats. Materials are somewhat nicer than in the older car. The Outback Sport is more of a hatchback this time than a small wagon. Available electronic stability control and impressive crash-test scores are big pluses.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 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 is a pleasant and practical car with the most comfortable ride of any small car we'd tested up to that point. This revsed version brought more rear-seat room, a quieter cabin and better fit and finish than the previous model. While its ha...

Highs

  • Ride, handling, controls, standard AWD and ESC, good crash-test results.

Lows

  • Fuel economy.

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 (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (305 hp)