2005 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Bargain AWD funster with space

2005 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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WRX Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Bargain AWD funster with space for stuff
By super_haggis on


2005 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Had the car for 5 months now. The turbo
takes a little getting used to compared
with the VR6 torque of my old VW Jetta.
You have to spin the engine to get the
best from it.
Build quality seems to be on a par with
VW too if a little plasticky. Hopefully
the electrics are better. Time will tell.
The 4wd is great in the California
downpours we have been experiencing of
late. It holds the road like a limpit.
Compared it with the new Jetta VR6, Audi
1.8T quattro, Nissan 350Z and Altima
when I shopped. Offered the best bang
for the buck when hauling 4 and want a
manual gearbox.

Best Features

Holds 4 people, luggage, bikes on hitch rack and snowboards on the roof rack. Seats fold. 4 wheel drive gives predictable handling. Plenty of horsepressure when you need it. Relative exclusivity.

Worst Features

Available leather interior. The cloth pattern can snag on things. Needs door protectors to prevent jealous dings. Could use more torque under 3000 Rpm. Sunroof on the wagon. It's not going to win any beauty contests. Make it better looking. Bring back the yellow ! I had to settle for sanremo red.
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