2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5 i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
This car reminds me of an English sports car in the sense that it's a driver's car first. Performance and handling are near perfect, while creature comforts and amenities are less so. But that's OK. I'll trade overhead caddies, fancy cupholders, extra auxiliary power outlets, MP3 hookups, a premium sound system and even a little seat comfort for a thrill ride through canyon twisties any day, and that's what this little car delivers in spades, holding the road like a cat. It's about the most fun you can get in a new sport sedan for about $18,000. And yes, the 2.5 liter non-turbo engine produces plenty of smooth power and great torque for spirited driving in the old sports car tradition.
Performance and handling, AWD, engine torque, manual transmission, price, upright seating position, headroom, excellent road visibility, simple intuitive controls, traditional instrument panel, uses regular gas, better than expected road noise level and ride quality, hi-beam headlight brightness.
Sound system (radio buzzes when headlights are on), seat-bottom comfort, arm rest height, seat fabric, brake strength. Needs remote trunk opener on key, front cupholders that actually hold cups, telescoping steering adjustment, trunk and hood lights, map lights, better fuel economy. But I quibble.
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