After owning my used 2008 Impreza for only a few months, I'm impressed with its performance and handling. The exterior is attractively styled and the ride is smooth and quiet, even on the interstate; it's a very comfortable, practical car for the price that I paid. The only negatives are the lack of interior "frills" (no telescoping steering wheel, for example), the tight back seat (many of my family members and friends are 5'10" or taller and find it a bit cramped), and the somewhat limited trunk space due to the rear drive axle. I wanted an affordable, fuel-efficient, AWD sedan with a manual transmission to take with me to upstate NY, and this car fits the bill perfectly. Looking forward to taking it out in the snow this winter.
I am a huge Rally Cross Racing fan. I instantly knew that one day, i would love to own a Subaru Impreza. Thanks to Carmax, i now have the car ive always wanted. The outside appearance is intruiging and invites you in to explore. The soft suspension really makes you feel like youre racing on a race track, feeling every turn. The rumble of the engine under moderate to hard acceleration is an exciting chill that wants you wanting more. The AWD drive system really makes you feel glued to the road and makes you confident in your everyday driving experience. I was suprised when it came to the gas mileage. I find myself spending once every week and a half filling my impreza. All i can say is, is that I LOVE MY SUBARU. I plan on continuing my choice in cars with Subaru and knowing that i can drive in any weather with confidence.
After driving my WRX for a little over a month, I have been very pleased with my decision of purchasing this car. The model I have is great; it doesn�t have any needless extras like navigation, HIDs, backup camera, etc. It�s a good looking wagon that can carry lots of stuff with good pace and with good comfort. Overall comfort is good, the seats are very supportive, and the steering wheel has good adjustment. The pedals have great placement for heal � toe shifting and are centered well in the footbox. Ride is soft, sucks up the bumps well, though the car is a little underdamped and a little heavy on body roll. Biggest disappointment, as with all modern cars, is not being able to cruise with your arm on the top of the door. Performance is very good for this price point, and the all wheel drive will set the car apart from its competitors. The car would be nicer with a bit more power, but what it has in the 2008 trim is adequate. As mentioned before, a little underdamped, and heavy on the body roll, but the car can still be hustled about. At the limit, the car predictably transitions to understeer, given its nose heavy disposition. Turbo lag is present, but only for people who foolishly lug the car around. Torque is plentiful above 3K and serves the car nicely to slice and dice SUV laden traffic. The throttle by wire system could use better calibration, but this is surely no fault of Subaru. Quick throttle blips for proper shifting become difficult with the throttle curves failing to respond as quick as a cable actuated throttle would. Quality is good for a Subaru and a car of this age (purchased in 2012). Interior shows only some minor usage scratches, and the hard trim parts have held up well. Drivetrain quality is good as well, with no problems noted so far. If you are a stickler for a silent drivetrain, do not buy this car. The drivetrain with its full time all wheel drive will make more noise than what a Camry driver would consider normal. You will feel the differentials shifting power around, and a failure to rev-match on a quick shift will yield a thud from the back differential. Shifting is a little vague, and could use a little more feedback to tell when the gear is fully engaged. The biggest quality disappointment is the aging of the hood scoop surround, and the hatch spoiler. The sun in the southeast has baked off a lot of clearcoat and started to oxidize the paint. While all of the other painted parts have survived, these two locations have suffered. The headlights also showed some haze (OK at this age) but some light plastic rubbing compound cleared this up. A properly cared for car would not be likely to show these problems. I really like the appearance of this car, and strongly prefer the hatchback/wagon design to the sedan model. Aside from the paint issues mentioned above, likely caused by a lack of waxing by previous owners, the only other issues I have with the appearance are the clear taillight lens and reflectors in the rear; this will shortly be corrected with some affordable overlays in red. The car is quite benign looking, which I enjoy, well, except for maybe that big hood scoop. Finally, overall value for the money would be the lowest score, just making a 3 out of 5. Of course there is the premium fuel required by the turbo, but that is expected. And with the WRX, fuel economy and a cushy ride is set aside for a car that has a great crash safety record and all wheel drive. If you wanted raw performance, you�ll get a speed3, and if you want to be coddled in a high dollar cabin, you have the GTi. But if what you really appreciate is the surefootedness of the all-wheel drive in packed into a robust chassis, with the room for 3 friends and their stuff, the WRX is the obvious choice.