You are watching a WheelsTV Top 200 Video Test Drive of the 2007 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon.
The role of the station Sport Wagon has always been more utilitarian than sporty during the long history of this automotive staple. But in recent years, sport wagons have given the family workhorse a much racier image and the 2007 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon may be one of the best examples of that trend.
The 2007 Impreza Sport Wagon was given a new look and image in 2006 and the 2007 is carryover of that new design. But the Impreza Sport Wagon is much more than an image-enhancement. It's a car that can back up its recreational intentions with real performance when ordered appropriately equipped.
The Impreza Sport Wagon offers three trim levels: the base 2.5i,... the Outback Sport... and the turbocharged WRX Limited.
All Impreza Sport Wagons are powered by Subaru's 2.5 liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine that measures 173 horsepower in non-turbo models and a whopping 224 horsepower and 226 pounds feet of torque with the turbocharged models. You have a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission from which to choose, and as with all Subarus, the Impreza Sport Wagons have full-time all wheel drive.
Inside, the Impreza Sport Wagon has top-notch build quality and excellent fit and finish. There are 27.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in place and 61.6 cubic feet with the seat folded flat.
Plan on spending plenty of time reviewing the numerous options that go along with a generous helping of standard features. The long list includes short throw shifter, premium sound system, six disc CD changer, leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel, heated seats and mirrors, heavy duty suspension, fog lamps, rear spoiler, roof mounted bike rack and moon roof, to name just a few.
All Imprezas have 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and side airbags, which helped the Impreza Sport Wagon earn high marks in government-conducted crash testing, including a "best pick" rating in frontal offset testing.
The suggested base price of the 2007 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon in 2.5i trim and five-speed manual transmission is $17,995 plus destination and delivery. Choose a higher trim level and check off enough option boxes and you'll work your way into the low $30,000 range when you're done.
The 2007 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon has added a full measure of fun and enjoyment to the station Sport Wagon concept with a tasty combination of horsepower and handling. Add in the benefits of outstanding safety features, solid build quality, and a long list of options and accessories and you've got a sport Sport Wagon that delivers all the goods for an active lifestyle.