I had a 1999 Legacy Outback, went to trade it in and found this 2005 Impreza Outback w/14000 miles on it, I liked the style better than the 2008 Impreza Outback. I bought it as a Subaru CPO car and have never looked back or wanted for something else. In fact I looked at Mustang V-8's first (nostalgia), drove an Impreza RS and I was totally hooked on the Impreza. It felt like more of a performance machine than the Mustang.
Great handling, comfortable, great dashboard and console.
I used to own a 1999 Legacy/Outback, I purchased this car (2005 Impreza Outback Sport) w/12000 miles and have found it to be a blast to drive. It was literally the car purchased by the little old lady (dealer put in a new clutch before putting it on the lot, I purchased Subaru warranty). Ironically, before I went Subaru in the beginning, I was driving V-8 Mustangs, the Impreza is way more fun, it is nimble, sure footed and safe and has great visibility. Compared to it's peers it is an all weather handling beast without over steer, under steer or torque steer (an FWD plague). The other car I have access to is a 2006 Nissan Maxima...I never touch it.
Great handling, good shifting, good power and an overall good feel to drive. Gauges are easy to read. The cockpit is pretty good and offers great visibility to all sides.
Gas consumption is a bit high (a consequence of Symmetrical AWD).
When I went shopping I wanted a Forester. I test drove one; handled great for a larger car. Then for fun I decided to give this Impreza a try. I was very impressed with the maneuverability of this car; the mileage was a factor as was the fact that it could do anything I wanted the Forester to do and handled much better than the Forester. The styling was sleeker, and again the gas mileage was a big plus. It is roomy and it has a good safety rating. Plus it holds its resale value. Couldn't ask for more. This car has HEART.
The dash is easy to read, all the controls are at your fingertips. You don't have to go searching. Even at night it is easy to find what you're looking for!
The car is still new to me, I don't have anything that I would change on it. Maybe after I have had it awhile I can come up with something, I love the style and that it doesn't look like everything else on the road.
Just bought this car yesterday. Lots of
fun to drive. It went easily up to 7800
ft, wouldn't spin out on ice, and did a
3 point turn in a snow bank. That was
the test drive. Today we had 60 mph
winds so went out to test it on the
highway with high winds and blowing
snow. Trackor-trailers were stopped but
not the car. In fact, we took it out to
the mountains and went off roading in
the snow again just for fun!
The 2005 Outback Sport Wagon (5-speed
manual) is my first Subaru. What made
me hesitant about the 2004 model was
the placement of the front cup
holders. The 2005 Outback Sport has
the front cup holders the center
console between the seats. Also, there
are rear cup holders.
The car is very responsive and has
great power given the engine size. I
am getting about 24 mpg. The rating
for city is 23 mpg which is 1-2 miles
better than the 2004.
My 6-foot friend sat in the back seat
and said the leg room was good. Also,
there is lots of storage compartments.
Steering, power, most controls for car
is attached to steering wheel column,
smooth ride, and the look :)
The only major drawback is the stereo.
First the illumination is poor and the
sound quality is ok. The controls
could have been better
placed and have a softer touch (you
need to place your finger just right
to get the response).
Also, at high speeds, I can hear some