Advertisement
Go
2011 Subaru Impreza Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$16,734
BASE MSRP
$17,495
On Performance
Standard all-wheel drive and good steering give the 2011 Subaru Impreza models a confident driving feel, but its powertrains aren't so responsive.
7.0 out of 10
Browse Subaru Impreza inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

four-speed automatic...slow to shift even when I had it slotted in Sport mode
AutoWeek

The transmission is more of a problem than Subaru’s trusty boxer four, as the four-speed automatic just doesn’t shift quickly enough.
Winding Road

the Impreza 2.5i will never be described as quick
Edmunds

Nicely weighted at speed, the steering is nonetheless a titch heavy in parking lots.
Car and Driver

Power from the normally aspirated 2.5-liter engine is sufficient and refined.
Automobile Magazine

While the Impreza sedan and five-door models bear more than a slight likeness to the high-performance WRX and STI models, their performance is more pedestrian. That's not to say it isn't good next to other inexpensive small cars; it's just a different competitive set—more the likes of the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra than serious sports cars and sport sedans.

All the Impreza models come with a flat-four "boxer" engine, displacing 2.5 liters, and all-wheel drive. The base engine is rated at 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It's torquey and responsive at low revs, making it especially well suited to the four-speed automatic transmission, though the five-speed manual also brings good performance. The automatic has gears that are spaced too far apart, though, and has an annoying tendency to downshift early.

Unlike their rally-bred WRX and STi siblings, the regular Impreza sedan and hatch have suspension setups that are tuned more for commuter duty than high-speed hairpin handling. On each of these models, you'll find more accurate, better-weighted steering than is typical among inexpensive small cars, but there's a lot of give and body roll that keeps the standard Impreza and Outback Sport from having enthusiast appeal.

On the other hand, Subaru's excellent all-wheel drive systems, included in all Impreza models, do add to these cars' driving dynamics in some situations—allowing them a more surefooted feel out of sharp, slick corners, for instance.

Conclusion

Standard all-wheel drive and good steering give the 2011 Subaru Impreza models a confident driving feel, but its powertrains aren't so responsive.

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.