2006 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Wow. Just wow.

2006 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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WRX STI Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Manual w/Silver-Painted Wheels)

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Wow. Just wow.
By Matt on


2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4dr Sedan AWD w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


I traded up from a VW GTi VR6, and I am just stunned at how powerful a machine the STi is. The VR6 was no slouch, but the STi is a sports car, not a "sporty car". The acceleration is brutal (in a good way), and can keep up with a BMW M3 and most Porsches. While people get caught up in the acceleration numbers (Car and Driver drove a stock STi from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds), it's the handling that sold me. Tight, responsive, you always feel in control of the car. It's true the ride is a bit noisy and stiff, with minimal comforts (the GTi felt more luxurious), but one test drive sold me. I thought the expression "it puts a smile on my face" was a cliche until I drove an STi.

Best Features

The acceleration, the handling, the AWD capability, the huge trunk (for a former rally car!), the solid-feeling construction, the aggressive styling.

Worst Features

I'm not a fan of the huge wing, but I'll live with it. More rear legroom would be a plus.
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