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The Impreza's engine 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 the small car class. The ride is commendably compliant and handling remains agile. The cabin is relatively roomy, particularly the rear seats. Most Impreza versions, including the Outback Sport, are available in hatchback form, adding utility. A 2009 update improved the turbocharged WRX's handling and increased power, approaching that of the top-level STi. Standard ESC and impressive crash-test scores are big pluses.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 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)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (265 hp)