Subaru Impreza vehicles
The Subaru Impreza is the only compact car that comes with standard all-wheel drive. Available in two different forms, the sedan or hatchback, the Impreza gives an amazing example of what spacious interiors and award-winning safety features not found in other vehicles look like. For the more adventurous of us, there’s also a sports edition of the compact sedan for the speed demons out there who enjoy the rush.
The 0 to 60 time, we’ll be honest, isn’t all that great. The Impreza does have a noticeably short first gear and a high-rpm clutch drop, which does give it that impressive “get up and go,” but it doesn’t last long. In fact, it doesn’t even last past about 12 mph. However, it did go from 0 to 60 in 8.4 seconds flat, so while it’s not going to win you the Grand Prix, it’ll get up to an appreciable speed in a decent time, which is about all you can ask for in an all-wheel drive, which is probably one of its most significant drawbacks to its acceleration having to carry around the extra 200 pounds in the equipment.
The Subaru Impreza weighs in at around 3,125 pounds, which is a little on the heavy side for a compact sedan. If you were to lift the hood of the Impreza and take a look at the engine compartment you’d find a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine, which puts out about 152 horsepower and 145 pounds of torque. The transmission is typically a six speed automatic, though comes in a few different variants.
The Impreza sits lower and boasts more length and width than former versions of the car. It’s fitted with specially tailored bodywork to emphasize that fact. Its design is modern, if not handsome even. I wouldn’t call it an exciting or adventurous look, but has stayed true to the Subaru esque type body. There are more than a plethora of options, our favorite being the sporty one. The sport version is much more dynamic looking that comes with daytime running lights, a pretty mean rocker panel, and 18-inch wheels. The cabin is spacious and seats comfortably. It's got red stitching covering the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, and the shift lever. It comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen entertainment system.
Given the below average performance and abnormally high price, it hard to give this car our endorsement. There are cheaper, better alternatives out there in the compact sedan market, but still, if you’re a diehard Subaru fan than we can’t blame you. Subaru has made some great, reliable cars in the past, but we’re afraid this one is just reliable (which is more than most cars these days though.)