Acceleration isn't smooth or quiet--the exhaust, intake and mechanical noise is borderline overwhelming--but the engine pulls strong and is very fast. Shifter is quick and precise.
The Impreza WRX is a soft-riding sport sedan, and thus not as sharp as it could be. Still, handling is good, with impressive grip, good steering and predictable dynamics.
Tuned softer than other cars in this class, the Impreza WRX is a champion on rough pavement and long highway rides. The seats are supportive and impact harshness is minimal.
Despite good on-road comfort, the WRX is not a quiet car. At idle there is an unpleasant reverberation from the exhast. At wide-open throttle there's tremendous engine and exhaust noise, and on the freeway, there is noise from everything.
Designed with the driver in mind, everything in the Subaru Impreza is easy to reach, easy to understand and easy to manipulate.
Visibility is very good thanks to large windows, a good seating position and a very short trunk. Not an issue.
Seat Access & Space
Tilt/telescope wheel is standard. The bolstered seats don't obstruct ingress/egress and are surprisingly roomy once you're settled.
Cargo & Storage
Cargo space is limited and the seats don't fold exactly flat. If space is key for you, the WRX is available as a five-door hatchback.
Build quality is not up to the segment leaders here. The paint on our tester had severe orange peel and the materials seem sub-par. Nothing horrendous, but a step below others.
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