2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Subaru Impreza - Road Test Specs

2008 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

(2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual w/Sat Radio, Nav, VDC)


Model year2008
StyleWRX 4dr Wagon AWD w/Sat Radio, Nav, VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Base MSRP$28,950
Options on test vehicleCargo tray - $75.00, Center Armrest - $163.00
As-tested MSRP$29,833


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeFlat4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2457cc (150cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum / aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4:1
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)224 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)226 @ 2,800
Transmission type5-speed Manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I - 3.166:1, II - 1.882:1, III - 1.296:1, IV - 0.972:1, V - 0.738:1, final drive - 3.90:1


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelRE050A
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, front205/50R17 W
Tire size, rear205/50R17 W
Wheel size17X7.0 front, 17 X 7.0 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 92.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.2
@ Full throttle (dB)76.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLots of squat at launch. Not as quick as it initially feels. Best launch tenchnique to rev engine to between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm then feed in the clutch as engine speed climbs.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSubstantial dive and noticeable left to right squirm. Pedal too soft.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsRotates easily off throttle. Very susceptible to throttle input. Lots of body roll. Easily upset by mid-corner bumps which hurts driver confidence at the limit.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)85.1
Wind (mph, direction)2.2 from Northwest

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City / 25 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.9 mpg
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,142
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,191
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)173.8
Width (in.)68.5
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.1
Track, front (in.)58.9
Track, rear (in.)58.1
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.5
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)40.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)19
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)44.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce
Traction controldistribution
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionGood
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemTire pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Available
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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