2011 Subaru Impreza

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Impreza MSRP: $ 17495.00
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  • All-wheel drive is standard equipment
  • Very good car for the money
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Limited cargo space
  • Low-rent interior materials
  • Weak fuel economy numbers
Bottom line: the Impreza 2.5i and Outback Sport are safe, reliable, and simple. Plus, they are a great value when you consider all-wheel drive is standard equipment .

For 2011, the Impreza comes in four trims -- the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, Outback Sport and 2.5GT. The Impreza is also available in a performance trim, the Impreza WRX, which is reviewed separately.

The 2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i sedan and Outback Sport may be the entry-level to the Impreza product family, but their all-wheel drive system and safety record are anything but entry-level.

When the weather gets nasty, the Impreza's sure-footedness is comforting because the Symmetrical All-wheel Drive system is standard on all Imprezas.

If safety is a primary concern when shopping for an affordable small car, the Impreza should be on your short list of possibilities. The Impreza was name "top safety pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2010 and this applies to the 2011 model, too. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also gave the Impreza high marks with its 5-star crash rating in 3 of the 5 categories and a 4-star crash rating for the other 2 categories.

According to Subaru, the Boxer engine is practically bulletproof and has very strong reliability numbers with 95% of the vehicles built in the last 10 years still on the road today.

The 170 hp 2.5-liter SOHC Boxer engine mated to the fully synchronized 5-speed manual transmission with hill start assist is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway according to EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2011 Impreza 2.5i. The Impreza Outback Sport has the same engine but EPA estimates it only gets 26 mpg on the highway. The 4-speed automatic is offered as an option.

16-inch wheels and tires are standard on the 2.5i models. The Outback Sport has 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels as standard equipment and this may account for the slightly lower highway mileage.


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