2011 Subaru Impreza Comfort & Quality

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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.

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.

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.

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