There's a lack of small sedans the Impreza's size that offer all-wheel drive.
The Dodge Caliber is perhaps the closest match; its sporty, top-of-the-line R/T model offers all-wheel drive, but its interior materials feel cheap, its engine is noisy, and it doesn't have the Subaru's refined ride.
The closest match to the Impreza's more mature and refined but sporty character is the Volkswagen Jetta; with its torquey standard five-cylinder engine, it also provides peppy acceleration, boasts more standard safety features than the 2008 Subaru Impreza, and has a spacious interior, though there's no all-wheel drive offered.
And for those who miss the former Impreza's edgier handling and sharper feel, the Mazda3 and Lancer deliver, but in both counts, engine and road noise can be quite obtrusive.
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|2008 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2001 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Manual i||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan GL|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|