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7.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$16,734
BASE MSRP
$17,495
On Quality
If you can see past cut-rate cabin materials, the 2011 Subaru Impreza is a comfortable, roomy, and refined, small car in sedan or hatchback form.
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interior materials and knobs/buttons are dull and the car is noisy
AutoWeek

Even less expensive cars, such as Nissan’s Versa and the Ford Fiesta outdo the Impreza. The interior is full of cheap black plastic that squeaks and feels flimsy, especially around the center console.
Winding Road

The driver and front passenger enjoy generous headroom, and legroom is among the best in the compact-wagon segment.
Edmunds

Materials are plain — an unpadded center armrest, acres of shiny dashboard plastic, a cardboard-grade headliner.
Cars.com

The Impreza sedan's largest downfall is its small trunk -- a sizable portion of the load floor is raised to accommodate the rear suspension, which does slightly encroach into its usable space.
Automobile Magazine

The 2011 Subaru Impreza and Outback Sport have a roomy, well-designed interior, but the cabin materials of these models leaves something to be desired.

Whether in hatchbacks or sedans, front seating in the Impreza is excellent, with a ratcheting seat-height adjustment included in all models and a good, upright driving position (though the lack of telescopic steering-wheel adjustment is a feature-set blemish). Backseat space is also better than typical for adults, with six-footers able to sit front and back—with enough headroom in back, although legroom is a little tight. The trunk in sedans is surprisingly spacious, though there are drawbacks to both setups: In the sedan, the cargo floor has an odd slope to accommodate the rear suspension, while hatchbacks are a little disappointing for having a shorter shelf. Backseats fold nearly flat in either model, though, to expand cargo space.

Ride comfort is quite good in the Impreza, with a relatively soft, compliant suspension, and the interior is well-hushed from wind and road noise.

So far, so good, but the main issue many shoppers will find with the Impreza's interior is that its materials feel cut-rate. The plastics are hard and hollow; switchgear feels basic (more standard '90s econo-car fare than anything); and some might find the base upholstery disappointing.

Conclusion

If you can see past cut-rate cabin materials, the 2011 Subaru Impreza is a comfortable, roomy, and refined, small car in sedan or hatchback form.

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