2009 Subaru Impreza Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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 handling was still fairly agile, this Impreza wasn't as sporty to drive as its predecessor.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Slow acceleration. Otherwise good handling"

MARK N., NY (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Handles superbly in winter driving especially in slushy roads.Only thing I do not like about this car is you can't raise the passenger front seat otherwise I love this car. Also it does have some road noise."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Excellent acceleration and handling overall. 4 wheel drive gives excellent driving experience in snow conditions."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"acceleration is amazing for 4 cylinder engine and with the AWD there is no tire slippage on acceleration. Amazing cornering and manoeuvrability. A joy to drive."

DAVID H., ON (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"We purchased this car because we wanted a sure-footed dependable car in harsh New England weather. Subaru has lived up to its reputation. We have never encountered weather that the car couldn't handle and it has been uniformely dependable."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"This car accelerates very well in traffic."

Steven C., FL (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Very good on wet, snowy roads. The seats are not comfortable for long trips."

Michael M., CO (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"On a level surface with just me in the car, it accelerates and handles very well. Fully loaded driving up to Lake Tahoe, it struggles up the hill."

Marta F., CA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"This car handles like a sports car and is zippy and fun to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"It has great acceleration and goes through the deepest snow."

Gerald W., OH (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Very good handling and acceleration."

Stan K., VT (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"solid driving feeling even in snow. No issues with the car except the humm noise from the boxer engine (typcal of sumaru cars). Paint is the bad of it. chips very easily and rust spots appear quickly."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"The acceleration could be improved;the car isn't as "peppy" as I would like. That being said, the handling is very responsive and I have been able avoid flying debris on the highway because of this."

Anthony C., MA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"The car corners well. For a small car has a smooth ride and will handle a large amount of cargo."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Subaru Impreza)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Interier is functional but rather bland. Seats are just okay."

ROBERT S., AB (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Dashboard squeaks during normal driving over small bumps, able to drown out with stereo but otherwise very annoying."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are not comfortable"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"The seats in the Impreza are fairly low so it is sometimes hard to get out of them as we age."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"I love my 2009 Subaru Impreza Hatchback. It handles well; is comfortable; and looks good."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"I find the headrest sits a little far forward, or the deatback curves back too much. Wish there was an option to adjust this to make it more comfortable."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"It's 9.5 years old now and I feel like it rattles, plenty of wind and engine noise, and probably needs new struts or suspension or something, it's kind of a rough ride. Seats are still comfortable"

Marta F., CA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"The road noise level when driving can be distracting."

Patricia W., PA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"This car is a great car, the cloth on the seats is very high quality even in the hatchback area. There is a ton of room in this vehicle, and it feels very sturdy on the road."

Steven C., FL (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are fairly comfortable. Ride is a bit nosey."

Charles G., NC (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Cabin noise is excessive. Seats are OK but I would like to see more adjustment in seating position and then the steering wheel position when I find a comfortable seating position."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are very low to the ground with the dash high in front of you. Some people may prefer that style but it takes some getting used to. Not good or bad, just different."

David C., NY (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Would like more seat adjustments, especially lumbar"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Good noise isolation and excellent lower back support."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Impreza)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It's a long-lasting great car!"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"The all-wheel drive safety factor is one big reason I love my Subaru. Also it is a very safe car in a collision because of its frame."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"with the seats down this car carries every burden I need - very happy with the space"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Car needed a lot of repairs - engine problems the worst of it"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"Very good value. Handles nice. Has very good traction in snow and rain. Good gas mileage. Very dependable."

MICHAEL K., ME (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"I received a reliable vehicle at a reasonable price with a quality maintenance program."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Subaru Impreza)

"To date we've had a fairly positive experience with the 2009 Subaru Impreza in spite of CR's negative reports on this model and year. The one exception is the audio system which has now not work for some time."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Impreza)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Clean, classic, timeless styling."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Impreza)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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