Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously decry the price versus the features of the new 2.5GT model.
“We can’t get our heads around the GT’s price. At $27,690, it’s two grand more than the base WRX sedan and $500 less than the comparably equipped WRX Premium. In our opinion, this is just too much money for what is essentially an economy car with 224 hp,” says Car and Driver, adding, “no matter how many features it might boast, there’s no getting away from the fact that the Impreza GT still feels like an economy car.” The reviewer at NADA Guides contends, “Subaru has done a good job of bumping up the standard features, which begins to help me justify the price increase of $10K over the 2.5i. I said ‘begins’ however, as these features aren't exciting enough to warrant this price jump, and I am again left scratching my head at why the Impreza 2.5GT is positioned the way it is.”
Edmunds reports the Impreza sedan comes with “16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 player, cruise control, tilt steering and full power accessories." ForbesAutos states it "comes reasonably well equipped with side-impact airbags and a CD audio system included as standard features." The Impreza wagon is offered in two different models: the 2.5i and the 2009 Subaru Outback Sport. The 2.5i starts quite basic and includes air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows and locks, and an MP3-compatible CD sound system. The 2009 Subaru Outback Sport brings a more rugged look and some enhanced ability, thanks to a raised suspension, larger wheels, and standard electronic stability control. The Outback Sport also gets special side molding, bumper underguards, heated side mirrors, fog lamps, a wiper deicer, heated seats, and the 10-speaker audio system.
According to Forbes Autos, the 2009 Subaru "premium package bundles alloy wheels, vehicle stability control, rear disc brakes, fog lights and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, while the satellite radio and nav package throws a better audio system and navigation on top of that." Automotive.com reports that Subaru 2009 stand-alone options "include body molding colors various deck-lid spoilers, a battery warmer, a subwoofer and power amp for the base audio system, and XM or Sirius satellite radio hardware."