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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX

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Up North Performance Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ejhara
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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

If you want an awd performance car for year-round use in snowy climates--one that is affordable--this is one of few out there. Just returned from a 1000 mile trip: close to 30 mpg, with no particular gas-saving driving. Always power easily available; handling is quite quick and good. Premium package an attractive choice: can't beat a sunroof, and the short-throw shifter seems desirable. WR blue is a great color. Spoiler gets in the way sometimes as far as backing up, but it looks better than STI version. One negative: exhaust noise/rumble. (I had 2007 Forester turbo, which had a more-pleasant sound.) 20 somethings love this car: Fast and Furious influence. Hill holder good. Good purchase!


Favorite Features

Crisp five-speed, hill holder, power at any rpm, decent mileage, decent room, good seats, availability of 5-speed, handling, and AWD.


Suggested Improvements

I might equip it from factory with all-weather tires. (Summer tires demand replacement, probably with new wheels and sensors, for any kind of winter driving.) Exhaust noise is a bit excessive for an older guy. Why not make satellite radio standard? (Other comparable vehicles have it installed. Price for getting radio put in is a bit much.)


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2013 WRX Hatchback
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By leob1
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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is a very practical, fun, AWD performance car with outstanding value for the money. A 0-60 time of 4.7 and ability to surpass 60 easily in second gear gives lots of confidence merging into traffic. The whine of the turbo is intoxicating combined with the rumble of the flat four boxer engine. It is super practical with the hatchback and can accommodate large items easily (seats fold down); big screen TV's, large boxes, mountain bike, etc. The hatch also works as excellent rain protection when you are loading (unexpected surprise). The AWD is incredible for inclement weather, but be sure to get at least all season tires so you can stop and turn in easier in snow (had stock summer tires).


Favorite Features

The Subaru AWD's gripping power is just amazing and there is no torque steer, like the FWD's will give you. I have enjoyed Subaru's options like the rear cargo mat, adjustable arm rest, STI short shifter and rear bumper cover (protects against scratches). I dig all the functional vents and air intakes on this car. The car looks muscular, ripped, like an MMA fighter, but is not over compensating. Beautiful sounds coming from up front and behind. Mean looking quad exhaust! Huge aftermarket for this car.


Suggested Improvements

Sell this car with high performance Z-rated all season tires. Raise the front at least 1 inch to protect against road rash. The base radio is subpar for the performance of this car. The interior has nice touches and is functional, but needs some improvement and less cheap plastic. The MPG is a bit on the low end. Usually 21-22 mpg in mixed driving. Would like to see a close ratio 6sp that is geared identical to the 5sp in 1-5, but with the extra 6th gear for better freeway mileage only. I like the protection of the underside engine cover, but removal of it for an oil change is a pain. Modify it? Continue making the hatchback!


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great value in sport compact
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By ejhara
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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

Fine car, starting with styling. Has functional hood scoop and side vents for cooling turbo and brakes. 360 tour takes you by four doors and nice spoiler plus four exhaust tips. Subarus tend to be durable (I've had five). AWD and hill-holder on manual shift are great features. Secure-feeling, nicely-handling car, even when you are not putting your foot into the throttle. When you do that, hang on! Great power for a 2.5 liter.


Favorite Features

AWD, manual-shift, good brakes, rally-proven. (I'm thinking this makes the car overbuilt for my uses.) Acceleration gets you on any freeway ramp with ease. Seems predictable in power surge. Wife says I'll hurt myself in this car, but I doubt it. Good trunk space; decent rear footroom. Styling and color (wrblue) get attention. Pretty comfortable front seats. (Wife disagrees: says seats are "sports car" type, and slant down too much in back.) Sunroof has a small but effective wind deflector. The drivetrain is the best thing about this car: easy passing always, remaining secure on the road.


Suggested Improvements

Miss my XM from a GM truck! (Available on Subaru at considerable extra cost.) Miss my On-Star, also. Maybe Subaru could make a winter tire/wheel package available at reasonable cost for up-north drivers. (Car comes with summer-only tires.) Car is loud--there will be no sneaking in late at night. Rear visability when parking is hampered somewhat by that neat-looking spoiler. Must figure out Bluetooth for hands-free calling.


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Subaru Sti
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By lucas14
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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

The Subaru WRX Sti limited was about what I expected. I bought the care to be my daily driver. It is very fun to drive and more comfortable than I would have expected. Paying the extra money for the limited package was well worth it. Heated seats adds some extra comfort in the winter time, and the sunroof will be nice in the summer. I'm not impressed with the stereo system, but I can easily be remedied with some aftermarket additions.


Favorite Features

Having purchased the care in the middle of winter, I have enjoyed the heated seats the most. However, I also certianly enjoy the amount of power the car has, as well as the all-wheel drive and superb handling characteristics. It gets better than advertised fuel mileage. I'm experiencing 20-21 city & 24-25 highway with plenty of spirited driving included.


Suggested Improvements

The one thing I would like to improve upon would be the stereo system. I ordered the car t with the powered subwoofer in the trunk, which causes the trunk to rattle a bit, and the overall sound quality in the car isn't very good. I didn't buy the car expecting a lot of luxury, but it could use some improvements in that area if Subaru wanted to appeal to a different crowd.


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2013 STI Limited
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By aggarcia
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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Most hard core performance buyers are not looking at Edmunds, but I did not like several things they said in their review. In the performance category, not much besides a supercar offers as much performance for the dollar than the STI. The AWD, SI Drive, and adjustable differentials, and 6 speed transmission are world class. The interior uses cheaper materials, but this is based in the Impreza platform. You buy a STI for the performance not to impress any one. Right now Subaru has a 4 month waiting period to get a STI or WRX, so someone must be wanting them. I enjoy everyday I hop into my STI and get to make going places and experience. The factroy NAV/SAt system sounds pretty good to me.


Favorite Features

This car is unique as they only build about 3K STI's for sale in the US a year. The 6 speed, AWD, Si - Drive, NAV/Sat radio, and the fun to drive factor rate high.


Suggested Improvements

The interior is hard plastic in many contact places. It does mark up, so cleaning in these areas is a must. A exterior latch for the rear door on the sedan would be nice. A usable larger gas tank, as this is not a economy car so a larger usable range would help those road trips.


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