The Rabbit doesn't have all-wheel drive, but it's loaded with safety features, a peppy five-cylinder engine, and a well-appointed interior, while the little SX4 Crossover is the lowest-priced vehicle with all-wheel drive, performs well, and has an interior that feels more upmarket than its price.
The Toyota Matrix is a good alternative, with available all-wheel drive, a relatively roomy interior, and a good ride.
But the Matrix doesn't perform as ably as the Impreza, and safety items like side airbags are optional on the Matrix.
The Dodge Caliber offers all-wheel drive as an option on its top R/T model, but the Caliber has a noisy interior and feels cheaper inside; Subaru shoppers might not find its styling very appealing either.
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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|2009 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2009 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen RabbitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Sub-Compact||Compact||Small Station Wagon||Compact||Mid-size||Compact|
|4-Door Manual i||4-Door Sedan Manual DE||5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)||2-Door HB Manual S PZEV||4-Door HB SE FWD||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||5 Door Wagon||2 Door HB||Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|