2005 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Great car, poor lumbar support

2005 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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2.5 RS Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual w/Sport Package)

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Great car, poor lumbar support
By Cy Martin on


2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan w/Sport Package (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


If you're looking for a fun-to-drive car that's inexpensive, yet fast "out of the box" -- look no further. Yes, an Evo is faster, but you can get a dealership down to $23/24K with research and careful choice of options. Also, I wonder if Mitsu Co. will be around in a decade. For anyone who has a long commute, I would heartily recommend buying lumbar support. Otherwise, after the 1K break-in period, this all-wheel drive turbo fun machine will have you grinning at every driving opportunity. That is, if you can drive a manual transmission. I'm 6 foot with a 32 inch inseam, and have no problem fitting into the driver's seat. The pedals are set for heel-toe driving, so get tapered shoes.

Best Features

Blue pearl paint. Short throw shifter. TURBO! 6 disc CD player. Air conditioning. Sunroof. Hood scoop! All wheel drive. Good brakes. Wonderful response through the Momo steering wheel. Can see over the wing when you need to reverse. Manual driver's seat controls. Easy, light clutch.

Worst Features

LUMBAR SUPPORT! One more inch around for the driver's position.
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