2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Very Good except for torque
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2008 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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2.5i 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Very Good except for torque
By AJ on

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

Review

The car is generally very good. I got it for an excellent price, even in its first year. I really like the interior design and layout and the great looking and useful hatch bodystyle. The interior generally is nice for the $ but I think the red lighting is juvenile and hard to read. The main problem with the car is the short-stroke engine combined with interia of AWD system makes it a torqueless dog both around town and on the highway. I can't fathom why the engineers would set it up that way. At least the short gearing kind of makes up for it, but then it ends up feeling like it needs a 6th gear. All together it drives and rides pretty well and is comfortable. MPG isn't bad for AWD.

Favorite Features

Interior design and layout; balanced feel; AWD grip; European good looks; stability control and traction control; steering has good feel and isn't too quick on the highway or too slow to be sporty; compact size; nice turn-in; good ride unless cornering hard; heated mirrors, seats, wiper area.

Suggested Improvements

Torque!! Needs much more torque low but all around as well; needs more power generally; rough engine, especially on start-up; engine noise; leans and bounces in hard cornering; gearing too short, or needs 6th gear; no lumbar adjustment; weak A/C; juvenile red dash lighting; doors very plasticky.
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