Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 23, 2010


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 report after his test drive of the Impreza Outback Sport in the Columbia River Valley.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Subaru Impreza 2.5i ($17,495), 2.5GT ($26,995), Outback Sport ($19,995), WRX ($24,995), WRX STI ($34,995)
Engines:2.5-liter sohc H4; 2.5-liter dohc turbocharged H4
Transmissions: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):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Subaru Impreza Outback Sport ($19,995)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):satellite radio ($427)
Destination charge:$695
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$22117
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter sohc H4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):170 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):170 @ 4400
Transmission:4-speed automatic w Sportshift
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:20/26 mpg
Wheelbase:103.1 in.
Length/width/height:180.3/68.5/58.3 in.
Track, f/r:58.7/58.9 in.
Turning circle:34.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.3/53.4/43.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:37.6/53.3/33.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:N/A
Cargo volume:44.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs
Suspension, r:independent, double wishbone
Ground clearance:6.3 in.
Curb weigth:3174 lbs.
Tires:205/50R17 all-season
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc w ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VDC
Fuel capacity:16.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 23, 2010.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-926-8293 -