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Up North Performance Car
By ejhara on
Vehicle2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
ReviewIf 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!
Best FeaturesCrisp five-speed, hill holder, power at any rpm, decent mileage, decent room, good seats, availability of 5-speed, handling, and AWD.
Worst FeaturesI 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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