It's hard to go wrong with any Subaru. They are superb cars, though high-quality engineering means they cost a bit more than competing compacts. Still, the Impreza offers good value, considering its all-wheel-drive. The sedan and the hatch each have their merits. The 170-horsepower engine can handle all the needs of a car like this. The 2.5GT model is easy to drive and very entertaining.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Impreza Outback Sport in the Columbia River Valley.
Model Line Overview
Subaru Impreza 2.5i ($17,495), 2.5GT ($26,995), Outback Sport ($19,995), WRX ($24,995), WRX STI ($34,995)
2.5-liter sohc H4; 2.5-liter dohc turbocharged H4
5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic with Sportshift
Safety equipment (standard):
dual-stage airbags, side-impact airbags, full-length airbag curtains, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, electronic stability control with traction control, all-wheel drive, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Subaru Impreza Outback Sport ($19,995)
air conditioning, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split folding rear seat, power doors, power locks, power mirrors, Incline Start Assist; Outback includes 17-inch alloy wheels, cargo area removable tray, AM/FM/6CD
Options as tested (MSRP):
satellite radio ($427)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.5-liter sohc H4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
170 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
170 @ 4400
4-speed automatic w Sportshift
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
44.4 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs
independent, double wishbone
vented disc/solid disc w ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VDC
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 11, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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