2008 Subaru Impreza vs. Its Competition

2008 Subaru Impreza 5dr Man WRX Open Doors
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
7.2
The comfortable 2008 Subaru Impreza has broader appeal than the former model, without losing its personality—and it’s the only small sedan model in its price range with standard all-wheel drive.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From  
$16,995$13,895$16,700
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Sub-CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Manual i4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain  
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan GL
Transmission  
ManualManual w/ODManual w/OD