2008 Subaru Impreza

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$16,995 - $24,850
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Engine Engine 2.5LH-4
MPG MPG 20 City / 27 Hwy
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2008 Impreza Overview

The Subaru Impreza lineup is redesigned for 2008, getting bigger and more refined in the process.A four-door sedan body style remains, but a four-door hatchback replaces the previous generation's wagon body style.Base Impreza and Outback Sport models return, as do the high-performance WRX and even higher performance WRX STI.This report covers the Impreza and Outback Sport; another NewCarTestDrive.com report covers the related WRX and STi models.

Impreza and Outback Sport use a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine teamed with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.The engine produces 170-horspower, enough power for everyday needs and enough oomph for good passing punch.We drove it in the mountains of Colorado and found it up to the task, but it had to work hard up steep grades partly due to the thinner air at high altitude.Drivers who want more power should consider the turbocharged Impreza WRX, which is surprisingly civil in behavior.

The Impreza powertrain is competitive with anything in the compact class, but some rivals offer six-speed automatics that improve fuel economy.The Impreza's fuel economy is on par with other all-wheel-drive compacts, but it suffers compared to front-drive rivals.If fuel mileage is your main concern, the Impreza is not the best choice among compacts.

All-wheel drive adds handling stability and traction on slippery roads, however, and we found it kept us safe on a snowy ski trip.Even a minor wreck costs more than a tank of gas.

The Impreza also has a handling advantage versus several competitors.Advanced suspension geometry, a platform built to host the high-performance WRX models, and a low center of gravity thanks to the boxer engine all add up to crisp handling with little body lean in corners.And yet, the Impreza also offers a comfortable ride.

Inside, the Impreza is nicely appointed, with a look and feel that would be appropriate for a car costing thousands more.The gauges are easy to read, and there is plenty of storage space for small items.The front seat has enough head room and leg room for tall drivers, and visibility is good to all corners.The back seat is impressive for a compact car, with enough leg room for tall passengers provided the front seats aren't set too far back.

The Impreza sedan has a decent trunk, but buyers looking for more utility will want to choose the hatchback.The hatchback's rear seats are split 60/40 and fold flat to open up a useful cargo area with a flat load floor.

In short, the Impreza is a lot of car for the money, and its standard all-wheel drive makes it an excellent choice for buyers who want an extra measure of security and stability in inclement conditions.The Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STi are fun, fast and well built, with standard all-wheel drive and overall performance that's rare in their class.A redesign for 2008 hasn't significantly diluted the character and enthusiasm that have made the WRX so appealing over the years.The new models just raise the bar on comfort and refinement.

The 2008 WRX and WRX STi can legitimately be called all …
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2008 Impreza Overview

The Subaru Impreza lineup is redesigned for 2008, getting bigger and more refined in the process.A four-door sedan body style remains, but a four-door hatchback replaces the previous generation's wagon body style.Base Impreza and Outback Sport models return, as do the high-performance WRX and even higher performance WRX STI.This report covers the Impreza and Outback Sport; another NewCarTestDrive.com report covers the related WRX and STi models.

Impreza and Outback Sport use a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine teamed with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.The engine produces 170-horspower, enough power for everyday needs and enough oomph for good passing punch.We drove it in the mountains of Colorado and found it up to the task, but it had to work hard up steep grades partly due to the thinner air at high altitude.Drivers who want more power should consider the turbocharged Impreza WRX, which is surprisingly civil in behavior.

The Impreza powertrain is competitive with anything in the compact class, but some rivals offer six-speed automatics that improve fuel economy.The Impreza's fuel economy is on par with other all-wheel-drive compacts, but it suffers compared to front-drive rivals.If fuel mileage is your main concern, the Impreza is not the best choice among compacts.

All-wheel drive adds handling stability and traction on slippery roads, however, and we found it kept us safe on a snowy ski trip.Even a minor wreck costs more than a tank of gas.

The Impreza also has a handling advantage versus several competitors.Advanced suspension geometry, a platform built to host the high-performance WRX models, and a low center of gravity thanks to the boxer engine all add up to crisp handling with little body lean in corners.And yet, the Impreza also offers a comfortable ride.

Inside, the Impreza is nicely appointed, with a look and feel that would be appropriate for a car costing thousands more.The gauges are easy to read, and there is plenty of storage space for small items.The front seat has enough head room and leg room for tall drivers, and visibility is good to all corners.The back seat is impressive for a compact car, with enough leg room for tall passengers provided the front seats aren't set too far back.

The Impreza sedan has a decent trunk, but buyers looking for more utility will want to choose the hatchback.The hatchback's rear seats are split 60/40 and fold flat to open up a useful cargo area with a flat load floor.

In short, the Impreza is a lot of car for the money, and its standard all-wheel drive makes it an excellent choice for buyers who want an extra measure of security and stability in inclement conditions.The Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STi are fun, fast and well built, with standard all-wheel drive and overall performance that's rare in their class.A redesign for 2008 hasn't significantly diluted the character and enthusiasm that have made the WRX so appealing over the years.The new models just raise the bar on comfort and refinement.

The 2008 WRX and WRX STi can legitimately be called all …Hide Full Review