2009 Subaru Impreza - Road Test Specs

Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeSubaru
ModelImpreza
Style2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$19,995
Options on test vehicleSirius Satellite Radio Kit ($453); Popular Equipment Group 2a ($249 -- includes ivory-colored center console armrest, rear cargo net); Auto-Dimming Mirror/Compass ($192)
As-tested MSRP$21,554
Drivetrain
Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeFlat-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 4,400
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.454; II: 2.062; III: 1.448; IV: 1.088; V: 0.780; Reverse: 3.333
Chassis
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE92A
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front205/55R16
Tire size, rear205/55R16
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph (sec.)12.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.0 @ 84.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.4
@ Full throttle (dB)75.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsOnly with a clutch-torturing 5,500-rpm launch does the Impreza leave with any kind of haste. It was pretty easy to feather the clutch due to its obvious friction point, though. Shifter cooperated with aggressive shifts and gates were obvious.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsQuite a lot of forward pitch, but very consistent stops. Pedal effort was low and a little squishy, but not terribly so. Good resistance to fading.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsDecent grip with mild understeer on the limit. There's only a slight ability to tuck the nose in by lifting off the throttle. Everything happens in slow motion (e.g. understeer, throttle response, steering response, etc.). So-so tire grip and soft suspension relegate this entry-level Impreza to an entry-level performance in the slalom. Slow responses from steering and throttle reward a "less is more" technique rather than aggression.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)68
Wind (mph, direction)1.4 mph South
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/27 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,097
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,068
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)173.8
Width (in.)68.5
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.1
Track, front (in.)58.9
Track, rear (in.)58.9
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.5
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)19.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)44.4
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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