2009 Subaru WRX Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX lineup impresses with its versatility and passenger room, but some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com still point out materials quality issues.

Both the sedan and hatchback versions of the Subaru Impreza WRX offer seating for five, which is no surprise, but the fact that four adults can fit for long rides is a huge plus. Jalopnik reviewers proclaim that the Subaru Impreza WRX's "Alcantara-covered Recaro seats look great and feel better, and any true driver's car that can accommodate four adults in comfort is a winner in our book." Edmunds similarly notes that "front seating is pleasantly comfortable, even during long stints behind the wheel" of the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. In back, Edmunds reports that "the rear seats provide ample headroom.”

The 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX's seats are comfortable enough for an all-day drive, but the sedan's limited cargo space might prove annoying.

Aside from passenger space, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX boasts a respectable amount of usable cargo room—on the hatchbacks, at least. Car and Driver is quick to point out that the Subaru Impreza WRX STi is "a practical hatchback packed in flaring fenders," with Cars.com mentioning the available "19 cubic feet" of cargo space, which is "competitive with the competition." However, for those opting for the conservatively styled Subaru Impreza WRX sedan, Edmunds warns that, "in terms of cargo space, the WRX comes up short—not just because of the fairly small trunk (10 cubic feet), but due to an uneven and sloped floor." In addition to the rear storage space, both versions of the Subaru Impreza WRX offer a small amount of interior storage, although ConsumerGuide notes that "interior storage is poor with a small center console and just average glovebox and door map pockets."

One area where Subaru has traditionally trailed its competitors is in terms of materials quality. When Subaru redesigned the WRX for 2008, materials were a major area of improvement, and that generally carries through onto the new 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX. While most reviewers appreciate the step up in quality, Edmunds cautions, "Upon closer inspection, the plastic surfaces (which have the appearance of softer-touch materials) are actually textured hard plastic that seems to amplify the relatively low amount of road noise." Cars.com also reports that the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and regular WRX feature "relatively Spartan cabins with decent but not great materials quality." Finally, ConsumerGuide points out that "while the materials look nice and show good assembly quality, they're comprised mainly of cheap feeling, hard plastic."

On the positive side, as some reviewers contend, overall assembly quality is fine on the Subaru Impreza WRX lineup. However, that doesn't necessarily reflect itself in terms of road noise. ConsumerGuide reviewers note that "the hatchback is particularly susceptible to wind, road, and bump noise."

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