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TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven both body styles of the 2009 Subaru Impreza in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com has also researched available road tests on the Impreza to produce this conclusive review and get you the most useful shopping information.
- Powerful engine and capable all-wheel drive
- Quiet, refined interior
- Combination of smooth ride with responsive handling
- Handsome style of Outback Sport
- Low fuel economy for a small car
- Cargo area in wagons is small
- Automatic downshifts roughly
- Could use more rear legroom
Last year Subaru revamped its four-model lineup of Impreza four-door sedans and five-door wagons. For 2009 Subaru adds two models to the Impreza lineup with the introduction of the new turbocharged 2.5GT sedan and wagon models.
The new 2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5GT is pushed by a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine producing 224 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a standard four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Sportshift manual control, sending power to all four wheels via Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
The Subaru Impreza wagons form the foundation for the high-performance WRX, but the more vanilla-flavored Subaru sedan and hatchback are tuned for commuter duty, not high-speed hairpin handling. The driving experience in the 2009 Subaru Impreza feels very sophisticated and refined for a small car, but not that exciting. The Impreza has a relatively soft and absorbent ride, and its interior is now notably hushed from wind and road noise—which were overbearing on previous versions. Although the body leans quite a bit in hard corners, the suspension is very well designed and allows impressive grip and poise, so it's a great package for most buyers concerned with good, safe handling and day-to-day comfort.
The 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter flat-four engine is torquey and responsive at low revs, making it especially well suited to the automatic transmission, though the five-speed manual also brings good performance. The only complaint is that it only has four gears and they're spaced rather far apart, which can lead to rough downshifts at times. Fuel economy is also a disappointment in the 2009 Subaru Impreza; it comes with ratings of only 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.