2008 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Cheap AWD Safety, Small Family

2008 Subaru Impreza Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Cheap AWD Safety, Small Family Car
By Third Subaru on


2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Biggest complaint: rear drum brakes! We don't drive too many miles but we do have to deal with snow. This model is underpowered and boring to drive, but it gets you to your destination safely and reliably in northern winters. We have averaged 23.5 mpg and have had zero maintenance issues. The interior is cheap but well put together and functional. The rear hatch is poorly designed, when you shut it you either push too light and doesn't latch or push too hard and it rubs the bumper. I am not happy with the amount of rust developing in the suspension, and may take it in to complain about that. The paint looks great but it chips and scratches very easily.

Best Features

AWD and reliable build.

Worst Features

Buyers: Skip the nav and ipod upgrade and get an aftermarket in dash GPS with iPod and sat radio. But go for a version with disk brakes. Subaru: use 4 disk brakes, fix the hatch, use better paint, up the power, give us a diesel or hybrid option, and use better rust proofing.
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