I have owned 10 New Subarus. My 1992 and 1993 Legacy were the best vehicles that I have ever owned, 35 miles per gallon on the road, never never burned oil, And no major repairs in 250,000 miles. Since then they have become junk. My Impreza, purchased new , has burned oil since new. The driver seat is crippling and cannot be fixed. It was involved in 2 serious accidents in which the airbags failed to deploy. The best mileage I have ever had was 24 miles per gallon Highway. Both the dealers and Subaru customer service have failed to stand behind their product. They keep telling me that this is "normal". Keep away from. this vehicle.
After owning the vehicle for 5 years and putting 10K miles (weekend/beach car) I have mixed feelings about the vehicle (I've owned over 30 vehicles in the past thirty years). Consumer Reports voted it higher than Mazda 3 and there was lots of hype around the new Impreza that year. THE BAD: low to the ground for an AWD (a handicap when at the beach or camping), noisy and coarse sounding engine, exposed electrical wires in the engine bay (not very neat), no engine sound deadening panel under the hood, slow in first and second gear, hard shifting 5 speed transmission, huge windshield absorbing lots of sun (thus heat), fabric on seats (very thin material) that collects dog hair (and it won't release it), noisy climate fan, no temperature or fuel gauge (light and digital read out only), questionable paint quality, delicate exterior body parts, roughly 8 fl. oz. oil consumption per 1,200 miles (acceptable according to Subaru). THE GOOD: nice looking, nice suspension, good visibility, great resale value, happy with the dealer, glad it is out of our garage.
It's a o.k. car, wouldn't buy another. Problems with the boxer engine, burns oil. Transmission is weird, brakes when coasting down hill. Outside of car easy to dent, thin metal. Very loud when driving, turn up the tunes. Just had a wheel bearing and the front brakes replaced, cost about $900, so repairs are not cheap. What I do like is that the seats are easy on the back, corners well, and good speakers.Burns lots of oil, more on a long trip.