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

"It's not a sports car. It's ok for its purpose."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Sporty handling, decent acceleration"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The all wheel drive turning and acceleration is great.. a little too good, got a speeding ticket 3 months ago."

Leland T., CA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Plows through snow in good all season tires. If you need to get outside, Subarus are hard to beat. It's more nimble than it looks, and acceleration is good enough."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Drives really well. Hugs the road when driving on curves."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"very fun to drive"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The Impreza's automatic transmission shifts at low rpm's and is a bit of a laggard, but if you push the car, it becomes quick, responsive, and fun to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"I feel very much in control with this automobile vs any car I have ever had."

KEN C., MD (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The 2010 Subaru Impreza, like all Subaru cars, is an AWD vehicle. As a nurse who commutes 27+ miles one way to work, I NEED to get through the snow during the winter time. This AWD vehicle has been faithful with this. However, there is a problem with the transmission that requires roughly $1500 to have fixed (to basically have a new or used transmission set-up to replace the current one). The car is not driven hard, nor is involved in any accident. To need to have the transmission replaced is a"

EDWARD F., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Decent acceleration and good routine handling though a bit bouncy at highway speeds. Very good in the snow."

JEFF S., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"I did a lot of research and use of CR prior to purchase. I am very disappointed with the mpg of 21 in town and 24 on highway. Granted it's an all wheel drive vehicle, but I had hoped for much better."

W P., CO (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"great pickup, responsive handling. You would not think the Impreza is as fast and quick as it is, it's quite zippy."

Perryanne C., VA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Great acceleration from the 2.5i engine. Handling is excellent in all weather conditions."

Michael B., NV (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"AWD, safety and performance."

Lem W., ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"EXCELLENT HANDLING IN SNOWY, WET AND DRY ROAD CONDITIONS"

C J., SC (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Excellent car for winter driving. Easier to handle than SUV and still very practical."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"surprisingly quick and maneuverable despite being essentially an economy car"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Fun to drive"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"My daughter uses the Subaru. I drove it for a year prior to giving it to her. It is quite responsive and peppy and rides well, although taught. She likes the sporty aspect of this car."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Good in rain"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Winter driving is easy"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"You sit very low in this car. We wish the passenger seat had as many adjustments as the driver's seat"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"As I age, the car is more difficult to exit and enter. I need to keep the driver's seat at the highest position to feel comfortable while driving."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The car rides nicely and reasonably quietly. Cornering is fine and settled. My Impreza doesn't have lumbar adjustment and I wish it did. Still it is fine for short or long trips."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The Impreza Outback Sport has the combination of a quick and fun driving experience coupled with space, comfort, and reliability."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"very noisey rough ride"

Joseph S., WI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"comfortable ride but a little noisy."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are too low Front bumper too low- lower than parking lot space dividers - tap one and the bumper cracks and comes loose from connection with car body"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Driver and passenger seats are too low. Need cushion for both! Ride is somewhat noisy, but comfortable with the cushions."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Seats are uncomfortable at times."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"noisy inside the car when driving even with windows closed"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"I like the ability to raise and lower the seat as well as move it forward and back. I'm short, so that's important to me."

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The ride and climate control are good, but it is very noisy."

STEPHEN M., PA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Could be a little quieter in the cabin. Also, the trunk in this years model is not good. Has a hump in it that takes up room."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"It fits me well. I used to own a SAAB 900 and it reminds me a bit of that. I like the dolphin shape and the two-tone color. I prefer cloth seats as I’m against leather. I don’t notice any noice. I’ve driven turbo and 6 calendar cars so a bit less oomph."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Noisy ride"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"No back support"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Excellent visibility all around, easy to maneuver and park"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Find the seats are too low for comfortable entrance and exit"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"SEATS ARE COMFORTABLE AND PROVIDE GOOD SUPPORT"

C J., SC (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Although I like the heated seats, the front seat is not comfortable. The seat is not thick enough and it feels like I'm sitting on metal springs or rods."

Michael B., NV (2010 Subaru Impreza)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"excellent value and good mileage. expect to get over 100000 miles. My first car to do this"

Joseph S., WI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Audio system is part of COMAND system, which is very complex and not particularly intuitive. I do not like it at all."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"No expense incurred other than normal maintenance for 8 years, although when exhaust system (mufflers and pipes) had to be replaced it was very expensive."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Well designed and built. Not flashy but very good value, particularly for winter driving."

JEFF S., NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"All Wheel Drive is a huge benefit"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"It has all-wheel drive and very convenient features like radio & cruise control on the steering wheel. It has heated front seats. It is very reliable and the price seemed very reasonable. It has a sunroof. I have an excellent dealership."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"For all wheel drive and great handling I think the price for this car was unbeatable."

ALAN R., MA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Great reliable car"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"The car has been reliable in all weather and road conditions, and is fun to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"outstanding"

Allan S., OR (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Good value for the money. Very quick pickup on acceleration, very responsive"

Perryanne C., VA (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"milage very good very good in snow"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Impreza)

"Handling in bad weather"

Anonymous, NY (2010 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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