The Subaru Impreza is a compact sedan introduced by Fuji Heavy Industries in 1993. The car is equipped with an EJ series engine originally fitted in the Subaru Legacy. Unlike its competitors, the Subaru Impreza has always been offered in all-wheel drive. The boxer engine was specifically used in Subaru Impreza because its configuration with the transmission line minimized the body roll caused when compared to models with offset engines.
The 2011 Subaru Impreza is available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.
Body Styles: four-door sedan, five-door hatchback
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: 2.5i, 2.5 Premium, Outback Sport (hatchback only), WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI and WRX STI Limited (sedan only).
The 2011 Subaru Impreza has only few trim changes:
- The Impreza 2.5GT has been discontinued for 2011
- The WRX and ST1 trims get a new body design for 2011, with aggressive air dams and flared fenders
The improvement on the exterior is quite good. The angular lines are a breath of fresh air and the perception of the design has shifted from rugged to urban to entice small car buyers. The 2011 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback variants also have increased trunk space from earlier models.
With both the sedan and the hatchback, buyers can expect to find ample interior room and cargo space in the 2011 Subaru Impreza. Controls are easy-to-use and sensibly placed. The interior is comfortable, but the materials used in the interior feel cheap and low-quality.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Subaru Impreza performs and handles well for a car in this class, with standard all-wheel drive that ensures this compact car can handle any terrain. Higher trim levels offer much more in terms of performance, and the upgraded engines and transmissions that come with these models pack some considerable punch considering the lower price segment. The firmer suspension and performance tires on the WRX, for example, significantly enhance the drivability of this vehicle with upgraded power and real excitement behind the wheel.
All levels of the 2011 Subaru Impreza come standard with stability control and anti-lock disc brakes. Airbags include front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints to reduce whiplash from collisions. In government crash tests, the Impreza was awarded with very impressive scores. The Impreza received a perfect five-star rating for frontal crash protection and front passenger side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
2011 Subaru Impreza: 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Quiet cabin
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Good ride quality and handling
You Won't Like
- Cramped cargo space: The interior cabin of Subaru Impreza has a good layout but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
- The tiny switchgear for heated seats is difficult to access as it is crammed near the emergency brake.
- The iPod connectivity provided is not good and the iPod functions are not displayed on the multi-function display.
- Poor fuel economy
- Low-quality interior materials
Subaru Impreza is an ideal vehicle for people who want an all-wheel drive sedan or hatchback. It is spacious and has a good interior which makes it a good compact car for the family. One of the great characteristics of Subaru Impreza is it has an exceptional seating space and higher fuel economy rating than its competitors.
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