Upgrades for 2011 include new springs with a lowered ride height, thicker sway bars, new pillow-ball bushings in front and stiffer bushings for the rear subframe as well as lighter 18-inch wheels. I know people complain about the sound system, but please turn the sound down and listen to the beautiful engine. A light clutch action also helps and combined with the compliant suspension, superb grip and nicely weighted steering, you can have fun in this little car for hours on end. Some apps track your performance and fuel economy while others help you find the best deal on a pre-owned car. Fortunately, the six-speed manual has closely spaced gears, and once you're on top of that peak boost you can keep it close. Great in the snow, although you must get snow tires. Anxiously waiting, knowing what was headed my way in only a few short minutes.
At highway speeds, apart from a little engine rumble and wind noise from the side mirrors, the cabin is very quiet. Oh and did I mention it has great acceleration? I drive it hard everyday. This sees, amongst other things, spring rates increase by 15. At first we thought it was a tire or something and ignored for a few months. Its comfortable and fast, its for people who like speed but looking good while doing it. Trouble was it was largely limited to just two cars, the Subaru Impreza and the Mitsubishi Lancer, and despite their popularity for a few years, they were like fireworks, exploding briefly across the automotive landscape and then flickering out as the recession bit and tastes changed. Man this car is cool! We notice you're using an ad blocker.
High backs and nominal side bolsters provided comfort and stability. On the curvy mountain roads between Aspen and the 12,000-ft. Room in the back seat is better than you'd expect, with plenty of room for sub-six-footers. Line both of these models up side by side and they're closer than ever in appearance. A drop down menu will appear.
The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. Making it all worthwhile was the whine from the turbo whenever it kicked in, making us feel like Top Gun pilots. Gone are the cheap silver dash accents and the ancient radio technology. It's flanked on the right by a smaller speedo in Porsche fashion, and all the gauges are clearly marked and readable in an instant—gone are the tacky boy-racer and econo car designs of past generations. Our test car was a Premium-edition model, between the base and Limited trims. We spent some time fiddling with the equalizer, hoping to get a more satisfying sound. Car performs like a champ, always has.
Get a on this car. Throw in a set of wheels that are wider by a full inch and suddenly the car is capable of laying down grip well past the engine's capability. A pair of racing-style bucket seats is positioned up front, and while they are incredibly supportive, we did have some qualms. Subaru does not have technology for a twin-clutch automatic transmission now, but product planners are open to the idea for next generation car. Sure they look awesome, but it really does reduce the amount of debris that appears on the side of the car especially salt during winter. Aluminum foot pedal covers and electroluminescent gauges do, however, give the cabin a sporty feel. The all-wheel-drive system and wide track make for fantastic handling, and give it some extra safety in slippery conditions.
Opting for the factory dash-mounted navigation system increases the complexity of the stereo, as its menus and graphics aren't the cleanest around. Driving this car is an excellent experience itself. Bringing the closer to the in performance and looks, the car's rear subframe attaches to the chassis with stiffer bushings, and both share the aggressive front end styling. During the economic nightmare that was 2009, carmakers watched their sales slide off a cliff — all carmakers but one that is: Subaru. This comprehensive lineup means the Impreza competes against a wide variety of other models. There's an Auto, Auto+, Auto-, and six levels of manual center-diff lockup, all accessed through a little flip switch in the center console. Every Impreza trim level except the base model gets as standard equipment an updated audio system that features iPod integration and Bluetooth connectivity, though sound quality itself still ranks as subpar.
Subaru needs to replace this transmission with a close-ratio six speed. Someone that wants an amazing track car that they can daily year round. The 2011 Subaru Impreza incorporates a number of changes that you'll want to pay attention to. All Impreza variants come with side impact and side curtain airbags, electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution and brake assist, and daytime running lamps as standard. The suspension is the most impressive upgrade over the 07 sedan. Instead, the sedan was tested at Virginia International Raceway because it is the location used for Car and Driver's Lightning Lap competition.
Fifteen years ago the cult of the 4wd rally refugee was one of the biggest trends to happen to the British car market in years. When it did get going, we could feel the power surging the car forward, taking it from snail to Cape buffalo at full charge. Headroom in back, a sore spot for most small and even mid-size cars, is fantastic even for those unusually long in the torso. It does handle better in the ice and snow but that's all it has going for it. And to not lose the much-revered rally look, the big and prominent rear wing is back on the sedan. There is, however, a catch — fuel economy.
New for 2011 is the availability of the 4-door sedan body to complement the 5-door hatchback. The cup-holders in the door are positioned at the bottom, so my 4 year old can't reach drinks or toys stashed in there. There always seems to be enough grip even if you think you've entered the corner with too much speed. A pair of racing-style bucket seats is positioned up front, and while they are incredibly supportive, we did have some qualms. It really is an amazing car and i love it. And this, my friends, is why I could never own this car; I would end up killing myself.
By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of data and cookies. Unfortunately we didn't get to test its benefits during our very brief test drive. Now, 6 years later, we have a four year old and a one year old. We also own a 2008 Pontiac Vibe with 75,000 miles. The saloon also drops the Impreza name. You get the feeling that if you had more time to learn the car and sent more power to the rear tires with the adjustable differential, you could pitch it into corners and slide it around on the power.