2009 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Subaru Impreza - Road Test Specs

2009 Subaru Impreza Sedan

(2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual w/Premium Package)


Model year2009
StyleWRX 4dr Sedan AWD w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Base MSRP$27,495
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$28,160


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged horizontally-opposed four-cylinder
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2457cc (150cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/Aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)244 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.166, II = 1.882, III = 1.296, IV = 0.972, V = 0.738, R = 3.333, Final Drive = 3.90


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeEngine speed-sensitive, hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 01
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, front225/45R17 91W
Tire size, rear225/45R17 91W
Wheel size17-by-7.0-inch front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.6-inch ventilated disc with two-piston floating caliper
Brakes, rear11.3-inch solid disc with single-piston floating caliper

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.2
0-75 mph (sec.)7.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.7 @ 98.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)107
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.87
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.0
@ Full throttle (dB)77.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsIt has been years since we've enjoyed an aggressive launch with at least some wheelspin from a WRX, and this year is no different. The best launch was a bit of a bogger with an aggressive clutch drop, but it didn't feel good. Attempts at slipping the clutch were not rewarded. Shifter feels far more positive and smoother than before, and power delivery feels broader.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsDespite a little wiggle in the rear of the car, brakes felt powerful and trustworthy. No ABS flutter and little evidence of fade. Pedal feel, though, was a little mushy -- otherwise, excellent brakes.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSlalom: Mediocre turn-in and slightly "doughy" feel to the steering is obviously due to long-travel suspension, but there's plenty of compliance and grip, too. Though not as sharp as it could be, there's an ability to rotate off-throttle and leap for the exit on-throttle with the front tires grabbing/pulling the nose where it's pointed. Whatever "it" was, Subaru put "it" back this time around.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)61.9
Wind (mph, direction)7 mph from the southwest

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City / 25 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,229
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,232
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)180.3
Width (in.)68.5
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.1
Track, front (in.)58.9
Track, rear (in.)59.3
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)43.5
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.3


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 distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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