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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“Subaru has done a good job of bumping up the standard features”
“The 2.5i comes with a long list of standard equipment”
“All models come with a 60/40-split fold-down backseat”
Most reviews read by the TheCarConnection.com agree that the 2010 Subaru Impreza comes well-equipped, even in base form, but almost all complain about the 2.5GT model, which is considered too expensive.
“We can’t get our heads around the GT’s price. In our opinion, this is just too much money for what is essentially an economy car with 224 horsepower,” 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.” NADAGuides justifies the price somewhat, pointing out, “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 standard with “16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a tilt steering column and a four-speaker stereo with CD player." Note that for the hatch, there are two models: the 2.5i and the 2010 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 Outback Sport features a more rugged appearance and picks up a raised suspension setup, larger wheels, and standard electronic stability control. The Outback Sport also gets special side molding, bumper underguards, heated side mirrors, fog lamps, a wiper de-icer, heated seats, and the 10-speaker audio system.
For those with extra cash, Edmunds points out that the Premium package “adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10-speaker stereo with six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and steering-wheel controls.” Then there’s the Premium’s Special Edition package, which is new for 2010 and adds fog lights, a sunroof, and the contents of the All-Weather package (heated side mirrors, heated front seats and a windshield wiper de-icer).
Automotive.com reports that the 2010 Subaru Impreza’s 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." Also new for 2010 is Bluetooth wireless capability in the optional navigation system, with a microphone embedded in the overhead console.
The 2010 Subaru Impreza comes well equipped in standard trim, but if you upgrade to the 2.5GT, be prepared to pay.