2006 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Too much fun

2006 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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WRX Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Too much fun
By Leif_in_seattle on


2006 Subaru Impreza WRX 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I’ve been driving my WRX wagon for about two weeks now and I’m more impressed with it every day. The overall road feel and driver interface is amazing. Steering is precise, and acceleration is exhilarating, even before the turbo kicks in. Previous versions of the WRX were plagued by a pronounced turbo lag and lame torque at lower RPMs, but the new 2.5L engine in the ’06 distributes power across a much wider band. It still jumps at 3500-4000 RPMs when the turbo kicks in, but it’s quicker off the line with a much smoother transition into the turbo burst, resulting in a more even, muscular acceleration. The AWD enables it to handle great on all surfaces and under all conditions.

Best Features

This car is not for everyone, but for those seeking an under $25k ride that provides thrilling performance, AWD capability and day to day practicality it would be tough to do better than the Impreza WRX wagon. Best features: Handling, acceleration, AWD, appearance, small wagon practicality.

Worst Features

Road noise, fuel economy, insurance cost, no iPod input, no sunroof available (except with Limited model).
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