I looked at the Protege5 and Jetta
wagons before deciding on the Subaru
Imprezza wagon. The Jetta was too
small for my husband, and the Subaru
was so much more fun to drive than the
Protege. I haven't had it long (10
mos), but the only problem I've had is
that it is difficult shift into
reverse. I can fit a ton of stuff in
the back, rubber cargo mat is excellent
when driving dogs around, and at the
end of an 8 hour drive, we are still
comfortable. I hope this car remains
as trouble free and fun to drive as it
is right now.
AWD is great on hills and curves.
Feels like the tires have claws on
No top door rim around windows may
allow moisture to get inside. My
windows fog terribly in cold weather.
Luckily I live in a place where this is
only a problem about 2 times a year.
I work with a ton of car buffs who
sport around in their 50k porsche's or
other sports cars. Not all of them
appreciate the car design but they all
have the same reaction when I drop the
clutch at about 3500 RPMs...Holy S!*#!!.
If you want a luxury "sports" car look
somewhere else. If you want a car that
drives like a gokart on steroids this
is your ride.
With the popularity of the car there
are a wide range of modifications
coming online for those who want to
take the next step in performance.
Pure power, bucket front seats that hug
you while you drive, the waves you get
from other scooby owners.
Trunk latch is horrible, sun 'blocker'
above mirror is useless, cheap plastic
sun shades for driver and passenger.
Need a power antenna or internal.
Subarus are tough, easy to work on,
and fun to drive. Not the biggest car
inside, but for a single commuter or a
small family it is fine. The AWD is
great when it is needed, but otherwise
sucks up a bit of power. The car is a
perfect blend of utility and
performance, and is a great value.
AWD, flat four power, torque, and
sound, ease of maintenance
Stereo, cupholders (you could count
them on half a hand if you were a
Muppet), and paint.
The best performing car I've ever
driven. Great fun around town, or on
the expressway. It's a little cramped
inside (I'm 6'3"), and seriously needs
a 6 speed trans, but other than that, I
LOVE THIS CAR!
It's a sleeper.
Needs a six speed tranny. Needs a
little more "me" space inside. The
interior finish needs some upgrading.
This car is an awsomely fun drive.
Very good pick-up, very quiet. Quite a
sleeper. Unexpected power from only a
4 cyl. Everyone I have let drive this
car loves it. (Even my Porsche friend)
Outstanding handling around turns.
Good everyday driver also.
The acceleration is unparalleled in any
car $25k. AWD is very handy. Brakes
are good, but would be better stocked
with Brembros. Handles outstandlingly
Cupholder above the cd player is odd.
Hood dents easily. The little flap
between the window visors is too small
to actually block the sun.