Standard all-wheel drive; roomy interior; comfortable ride; rally-bred performance
Subaru's 2009 Impreza comes in several trim levels. The base 2.5i, the new 2.5GT and the sporty WRX come either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, while the Outback Sport and the STi models are hatchback-only. The sedan is about six inches longer than the hatchback, and the trunk is large enough to hold three golf bags. On both body styles, the rear seats can be folded forward for more cargo capacity; on hatchbacks they fold forward for a flat-loading floor.
All Imprezas are powered by a 2.5L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder. The base Impreza 2.5i produces 170 horsepower and can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The new, automatic transmission-only 2.5GT is powered by last year's 224 hp turbocharged engine, while the new 2009 WRX turbo delivers 265 hp and comes only with the 5-speed manual. The high-performance STi puts out 305 hp through its 6-speed manual transmission.
All Impreza and WRX models feature all-wheel drive, and those equipped with a manual transmission include hill-hold assist.
The boxer engine sits low and the overall design and placement help provide a low center of mass for secure handling. In addition to keeping the Impreza and WRX planted, the double-wishbone rear suspension helps improve interior space and reduces road noise.
WRX hatchbacks are distinguished visually by an under-body diffuser and single chrome exhaust pipe, while sedans have a dual-chrome-tipped exhaust and trunk spoiler. The STi includes distinctive, bulged fenders front and rear, as well as special 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, rally-inspired suspension, a throatier exhaust and Brembo disc brakes.
The Outback Sport model features a raised suspension, body-side cladding, unique upholstery with heated front seats, and other additional equipment oriented toward those who plan to take the rough road. The new 2.5GT comes standard with the amenities of the Premium Package and comes only with an automatic transmission
Inside the Impreza, there's a twin-cockpit design with a brushed-aluminum look throughout, with an available navigation/info screen as the centerpiece. The available navigation system also has inputs for gaming consoles.
Two major option packages are available. A Premium Package includes a power moonroof, alloy wheels, brake assist, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions and an upgraded audio system with 6-disc CD changer. The Sat/Nav Package adds fog lamps, body-color foldable power mirrors, plus SIRIUS satellite radio and a touch-screen navigation system.
Standard safety features for all Imprezas include dual front and side-curtain airbags, four-channel, four-sensor anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control.
Following a complete redesign in 2008, the 2009 Subaru Impreza rolls on with a few important changes.
A new model, the 2.5GT, features the 224-hp turbocharged four from last year's WRX, but with a softer suspension and equipped only as an automatic.
The WRX itself benefits from the most updates. Power is boosted significantly, up to 265 hp and 244 ft-lb of torque. Also, both wagon and sedan now come with a revised exterior that includes a new grille, side bodywork and different spoilers. The interior gets new upholstery with contrasting red stitching, an aluminum footrest for the driver and electroluminescent gauges.
Also, a power moonroof is now included with the Premium Package.
The 2009 Subaru Impreza continues to stand out from the rest of the small-car crowd because it offers road-oriented all-wheel drive across the line, while the interior is more sophisticated and the ride is smoother. The WRX still ranks as one of the best performance bargains on the market, and the 305-hp STi is a giant killer that still offers plenty of room for the family.
Vehicle Price: 18,190.00
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