Subaru has improved the value of most of its models in recent years, adding more standard equipment without significantly raising prices, and the Impreza and Outback Sport are no exceptions. The base 2.5i comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. The 2.5i Premium adds 16-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an upgraded sound system with steering-wheel controls.
In the Legacy family, the Outback is a very different model, with its own feature set and significantly more ground clearance, but here in the Impreza family, the Outback Sport is only a trim level of the Impreza. It also includes larger wheels, a slightly raised suspension, fog lamps, a roof rack, body color mirrors, a wiper de-icer, heated front seats, leather trim, and special two-tone paint schemes. The effect of the Outback Sport, which is only offered in hatchback form, is that it's a slightly more rugged-looking, well-equipped version of the Impreza.
The entire Impreza line gets new audio systems for 2011; the base sound system now includes six speakers, a CD player, XM and Sirius compatibility, an auxiliary input, a USB Port, iPod control capability, and integrated Bluetooth hands-free calling functions.
A Tom Tom Navigation System—with a detachable portable system with 4.3-inch screen—remains available with Impreza Premium or Outback Sport models; on Premium models it's packaged with the moonroof, fog lamps, a windshield wiper de-icer, and heated seats and mirrors.