Snowstorms, road salt, floods, backroads, and highways my car has seen them all and is still going. She is especially great at dealing in the snow with excellent handling all around and is a nice compact size for parking in the city. I love her and when I buy again, am likely to buy another one.
I never write reviews, but I love this car and feel I owe it to the brand. I am completely sold on Subarus from now on. Snow, dirt, and wet roads are afterthoughts in this thing. I have taken it everywhere from snowdrifts to Jeep trails, and never had to second guess it. My favorite feature about it is storage space. I considered the few other cars with the elusive combination of storage and fuel efficiency, but none can touch the Subaru's AWD drivetrain. I will never go back to owning a truck for recreational purposes. The wagon can carry multiple bikes, gear for all and still have room for my dog. I love this car.
This Subaru is fun to drive and has enough power to make driving to Mammoth from LA 3 times a year enjoyable. I'm never going to buy a non AWD vehicle again. Besides being an excellent ride for ski trips the AWD comes in real handy in wet conditions.
The interior could use some improvements but I think Subaru puts all the money on the engine and transmission.
I looked at the Protege5 and Jetta
wagons before deciding on the Subaru
Imprezza wagon. The Jetta was too
small for my husband, and the Subaru
was so much more fun to drive than the
Protege. I haven't had it long (10
mos), but the only problem I've had is
that it is difficult shift into
reverse. I can fit a ton of stuff in
the back, rubber cargo mat is excellent
when driving dogs around, and at the
end of an 8 hour drive, we are still
comfortable. I hope this car remains
as trouble free and fun to drive as it
is right now.
AWD is great on hills and curves.
Feels like the tires have claws on
No top door rim around windows may
allow moisture to get inside. My
windows fog terribly in cold weather.
Luckily I live in a place where this is
only a problem about 2 times a year.
Cant rate the reliability yet but every
other aspect; handling, function,
acceleration, looks, quality are superb.
In choosing the TS, I researched the
Protege wagon, focus wagon, vibe,
element & matrix. This is in the
uppermid price range, but is clearly on
top in features & function. The gas
mileage is good considering the power
and towing capacity. I liked the protege
wagon until I drove the TS. They are
not even in the same club. I like the
Element but there was not enough driver
leg room. The leg/head room in the TS
is great. Normally my hair brushes the
ceiling in smaller cars, but I have 2
inches above my head in the TS.
Overall, a very nice car.
Fantastic all wheel drive. Very sporty
feel SUPER FUN TO DRIVE! Real power
when you need it. 2000lb towing
capacity. Good gas mileage for
sporty/utility vehicle. Very
affordable. And did I mention how great
that boxer engine sounds?
A little firmer suspension like what is
in the RS sedan. Real cup holders in
normal places. Make the darn floor mats