The high-performance, rally-influenced WRX and STI models get a new wide-body look for 2011, with flared fenders and more aggressive air dams, but the standard Impreza and Outback Sport models don't follow suit. While the Impreza sedan isn't a bad-looking vehicle, it does feel more conservative and a bit dowdy from the back. The hatch, on the other hand, is more cohesive and sporty, and the pick of our editors.
The Impreza hasn't changed significantly since its introduction a couple of years ago, though last year the Impreza got a new grille design that, from a distance, reminded us of the Honda Civic's.
Inside, the Impreza feels better styled, if not entirely upscale. Its instrument panel design wraps around to the doors and is punctuated by a center pos that contains audio and climate controls and vents, while the driver gets a sport-sedan-like hooded gauge cluster. Materials are mostly a mix of grained and matte-metallic-surfaced plastics.