2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5 i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
3rd Impreza, 5th Subaru. A sports sedan with SUBSTANCE. Subaru AWD has pulled us through winter whiteouts (even with the performance Bridgestone RE-92 tires) when 4wd pickups and SUVs were all over the place. Solid construction--some of that vault-like feel of the Europeans, without the disappointments. Love the Alfa-esque styling; my "hog-nose" the last of the good-looking Imprezas before Subaru began taking their styling cues from the Koreans. More than adequate power & handling for my needs from base 2.5i. Instrument layout, gauge lighting superb. Quirky enough to start a cult-following, yet reliable to keep those of us on a budget coming back for more. A better SAAB? Just MAYBE...
RELIABLE--potential for MANY miles. Solid build quality. Interior and exterior design. That boxer growl!!! Acceptable economy from a 3,200lb car with AWD. Confidence-inspiring handling. Superb traction. Standard alloy wheels and 4-wheel disc brakes. Won't be mistaken for anything else on the road.
Front seats too firm. Side bolsters nicer if seat was about 2 inches wider. AC a little asthmatic when the temps reach the 90s. Paint in all my Subies chips easily. Low front air dam ragged from steep driveways. CHEAP carpet. TOUGH to change cabin air filter--take a lesson from Toyota, Subaru!