Last year, I test drove 2003 Acura (the
sporty one - apparently it was
forgettable!), Subaru Impreza WRX,
Hyundai Tibouron, etc. Favorite of the
bunch then was Tibouron, with its
comfortable passenger seat. This year
was my turn to purchase a new car...
test drove the 2.5 TS Impreza Sport
Wagon (manual) and absolutely loved it -
my first new car! My only test drive
this year - It was the right choice.
All around, quick and smooth - shifting
took me a while to get used to after
having a 91 Isuzu Trooper. I don't
feel like I'm driving a wagon - more
like a little rocket. Redesigned
headlights are great and significantly
improve the look of the car.
Power! Well proportioned-power to
overall car size to seat comfort.Height
pump on drivers seat is helpful for
those of us average drivers (5'3")!
Major pluses - AWD, cargo capacity,
40/60 back seats, decent stock CD
player, $17,000. 2004 Pacifica Blue
much prettier than 2003 blue!
Cupholder in center column barely too
sall for a soda bottle; other cupholder
is located above CD player - doesn't
make sense; gas meter does not
ccurately present gas quantity
available; CD player is starting to
skip too hot; position of center
storage box is too far back & awkward.
This car is pretty much what I
expected; fun and practical. I've
driven Subaru's in the snow before,
and this one should be just as good
My old one was an Outback sport with a
142hp engine. The 165hp in this car
is a very welcome improvement. It can
move. Trust me. And I haven't even
gotten it over 4k rpm yet (still in
the 1000 mile break in period).
The styling is much better than the 03
This car is also a lot more solid than
the older (pre 2002) Imprezas. The
exterior and interior seem to have
moved up a notch in quality. Plastics
aren't as cheap. The doors shut with
a nicely muffled thud.
- Although it is an option, the rubber
tray for the wagon is the smartest
feature I've seen.
- 165hp engine in the small Impreza is
quite powerful. Unlike in the
- Standard transmission shifts nicely.
- Basline stereo stinks. The first
thing I did was remove it and the
speakers and install some after market.
- Visors are still just as bad as the
old Imprezas. Cloth would be nice.
- I miss the storage compartment on
the top of the dash board. They
should put it back in the Impreza.