2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Only a couple hundred miles on the ODO but so far this Impreza 2.5i has lived up to my expectations. Chassis feels solid and ride quality is great. Handling is top notch and safety of AWD and solid structure gives you peace-of-mind (top safety ratings BTW). The look of the interior and exterior, while subjective I know, are clean and simple. No clutter or weird angles to speak of. I like the added std VDC, full disc brakes, and body- colored mirrors/door handles for 2009. Reliability has not been tested but CR record looks pretty strong. Also like that it's made in Japan. Negs: Interior is too plasticky, fuel economy is sub-par, seat fabric is too retro-fuzzy, and std stereo is not great.
AWD safety for rain/snow/mountains, solid body structure, high safety ratings, great CR reliability, grippy handling, more than adequate power/torque from 2.5i engine, simple clean design inside and outside, standard features list, great value overall
Replace some of the hard plastic interior surfaces with softer materials, use higher quality fabric for seats, raise up the center arm rest to make it more comfortable, introduce a new lighter, more efficient engine specifically for the impreza line (maybe a 2.0 with 160-170 HP and higher MPG)