...and decontents the car with halogen headlights, a four-speaker stereo, a single-CD player and manual climate control. In addition to the normal STI colors, the latter will also be available in a limited run (125 units) wearing Aspen White paint. Powertrains and Performance: Every 2010 Subaru Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i and Outback Sport models are powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (boxer) four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual with hill-start assist is standard and a four-speed automatic is...
...similar to how Volvo distinguishes the V70 from the XC70. It's only available as a four-door hatchback featuring a two-tone appearance, with the lower section of the body a contrasting silver hue. 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission Heavy-duty raised suspension 17-inch alloy wheels Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter Heated front seats 10-speaker surround-sound system Back to top WRX The WRX is the sportiest Impreza, competing with the Mazdaspeed3 and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. It's powered by a...
...The trunk is odd, too. There's a flat section in front, but then it slants upward toward the front of the car, marginally impinging on your space. Also, the trunklid itself has the old-school hinges that come down into the cargo area. If you're the sort who likes to fill your trunk to the brim, you will have to account for that. Or you could spend an additional $500 for the hatchback version of the WRX and avoid the whole trunk issue altogether. Some final issues — let's call them "quirks" — with the WRX include the interaction of the clutch, tall gearing and turbo lag. For one thing...
...Those figures are competitive with the all-wheel-drive Toyota Matrix — the only major competitor to offer all-wheel drive on hoi polloi trim levels — but the mileage figures are nowhere close to those of front-wheel-drive competitors. EPA highway mileage estimates for the Civic, Focus and Corolla, for example, are in the mid-30s. Turbocharged Impreza models include the 224-hp 2.5GT, 265-hp WRX and 305-hp WRX STi. We've driven the 2.5GT and WRX with stick shifts, and both offer punchy acceleration. Gas mileage with the turbo engines takes a modest hit, however, and all three require...
...Though a competent commuter and certainly an attractive value, the 2010 Subaru Impreza tries to impress too many disparate tastes.
...The pedal has a nice, firm feel under your foot, and the brakes respond to small pedal-position changes with a corresponding change in braking performance. The Inside While it's possible to get fairly comfortable in many cars, it's not every day that you feel like everything is right in terms of your driving position, and that's how I felt in the Impreza 2.5GT. Even though the driver's seat has only manual controls, it's adjustable for height, which is one of the more important ones, and I was able to raise the seat to a point where I had great forward views that weren't obstructed — much...
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