2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Review – Just like Christmas morning – you can't wait to open it up!

Wednesday November 24th, 2010 at 10:1111 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

By Holly Roberts


  • Accelerates crazy fast
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Excellent handling ability
  • Back seats accommodate passengers easily (not cramped seating)
  • Really, really, really FUN to drive


  • Bumpy ride could require a dose of Dramamine for passengers before riding on winding, bumpy roads
  • Release handle for gas door quirky and frustrating
  • Plastic interior dash and door panels feel like they came from a 1992 Corolla

I’ve driven a few Subarus, and have always liked them, but the WRX moniker has always escaped me.  I found that any time I mentioned that I’d be reviewing a WRX, guys faces lit up like a Christmas tree.  Is this something the female population misses out on? Is it not in our DNA to recognize the hot little sports car in hiding? Well, five seconds behind the wheel of this car made me understand the excitement that all of my male friends exhibited.  Wow. Wow. Wow. Did I say “wow”? A very impressive driving machine. Subaru actually seemed to make it bluer than the bluest blue you’ve ever seen (not really my style), but it sure was a blast to drive!

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Video: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI First Drive

Friday July 23rd, 2010 at 12:77 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
The 2011 Subaru WRX STI, with its iconic rear wing, receives a new body style this year. Under the hood is a 305 horsepower Subaru Boxer powerplant. Suspension tuning techniques, such as lowering the ride height to 5.9 inches, using stiffer front stabilizer bar and rear springs (the latter by 18 percent), and stiffer subframe bushings, were aimed at improving steering precision to further minimize mid-corner corrections.

Also new are standard 18-inch Enkei aluminum wheels that are 17 lbs. lighter than before, or silver BBS® forged alloy wheels for drivers who like to stand out from the crowd.

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Subaru Impreza Featured User Review – Super Stealthcar

Thursday July 1st, 2010 at 11:77 AM
Posted by: mswig

2006 Subaru ImprezaFeatured User Review: 2006 Subaru Impreza
3 years, 50k miles, and stealthier than a ninja warrior

by Martin Swig

Price Paid: $17000.00 from Ann-Arbor dealer
Review Date:
July 1, 2010
Overall Rating:
5 of 5
Value Rating
5 of 5
Used product for:
3+ years

In late 2006, my son entered his freshman year at the University of Michigan. He went there carless, but we decided he should have wheels after his first semester. We set a price limit of $15000, decided to buy new rather than used, and narrowed our choice to three vehicles: a VW Rabbit, Suzuki SX-4 or a Subaru Impreza (which broke the price barrier by $2000) We easily eliminated the Rabbit; no all-wheel drive for Michigan snow. We bypassed the SX-4, though not so easily. In fact I later bought one of those for myself.

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2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Review – A safe car for the storm of the decade.

Friday February 19th, 2010 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: Francois

2010 Subaru Outback visiting Bear Valley, CA

By Francis Cebedo


  • New double-wishbone rear suspension and other chassis enhancements deliver smoothest, quietest ride ever in an Outback.
  • 9 cubic feet more room over previous model
  • Ample hidden storage compartment under the rear panel
  • Excellent fuel economy at 22 city/29 hwy
  • Feels ultra safe
  • 6-speed manual
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Innovative parking brake release
  • Very comfortable travel car


  • Redesign is tall and unattractive
  • 170 hp engine feels underpowered
  • No turbocharged or diesel engine options
  • Very uninspired handling car
  • It’s a safe and practical car but the fun is less
  • Side mirrors do not fold back
  • The heated seats seem to completely shut off and on for long periods

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2009 LA Auto Show Focuses on the Future of Small Cars

Wednesday December 16th, 2009 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

LA Auto Show logoLos Angeles’ Best in Show

By Greg Gaillard

Small, sporty and efficient are back. Overall, the American market continues to drift in the doldrums, but there are signs of life in segments that embrace these values. It’s no accident that during the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program many of the trades were from large SUVs to much smaller vehicles such as Toyota’s Corolla, Ford’s Focus and Honda’s Civic. People are ready for right size cars and the 2009 LA Auto Show proved that manufacturers are ready to respond with a brace of efficient and exciting choices. If the industry can market these new cars properly, we won’t need another government subsidy to keep people in small and efficient vehicles.

As a show, LA feels like a return to reality from the preceding, concept-heavy Tokyo spectacle. While there were certainly a fair number of concepts at LA, the big news was how manufacturers were positioning themselves to take advantage of trends in the US market. CarReview is happy to report that it’s all good. There will be plenty of green tech to go around and a fair dose of sport to go along with it. Below are some of the highlights:

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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FT-86 Concept Video and Photo Gallery

Tuesday November 10th, 2009 at 7:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

FT-86 Gran Turismo 5 screen shot

This video is a quick look at a new car and new tracks for Gran Turismo 5, featuring the Toyota FT-86 Concept car. The rear-wheel drive coupe that will be badged as a Toyota was co-developed with Subaru (who provides the engine) and will make its world debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The name FT-86 is a nod to the popular RWD Corolla AE86 of the mid-1980s. The production version of the 2+2 FT-86 sports coupe, is due to go on sale towards the end of 2011. The engine is from Subaru and is a front-mounted, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, a naturally aspirated version of Subaru’s 2.0-liter flat flour normally found in the Impreza that Toyota will massage to boost output closer to 200 horsepower. This is the same engine that, when turbocharged, cranks out 250HP and is found in Subaru’s much loved WRX.

View the video and photo gallery after the jump (updated 1/21/2010)

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2010 Subaru Legacy Review

Monday October 19th, 2009 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: bclark

2010 Subaru Legacy

By Bill Clark


  • New styling looks great
  • It’s big
  • Very well-appointed – even in base trim
  • All things Subaru – affordable, practical, all-wheel drive
  • Very comfortable road car


  • Lethargic engine – especially at freeway speeds
  • Leans like a wet noodle when pushed hard around corners

Don’t tell the Editors, but let’s just say I was less than enthusiastic when I was told I would be testing the new 2010 Subaru Legacy sedan. While I reluctantly waited outside the house for the demo vehicle to be delivered, a number of cars drove by, including a very sharp, muscular, modern-looking sedan. The sedan slows in front of me while I am taking a long look at it – ‘nice’, I think to myself. Then I notice the Subaru emblem on the front grille. Wait… What? Is that it? That’s a Subaru? Well, things are looking up! Let’s just say the word ‘new’ does not do the car justice – I’d say transformed!

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Toyota FT-86: The Toyota/Subaru Sports Coupe Breaks Cover

Wednesday October 7th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Toyota/Subaru FT-86

The on again/off again/on again for real Toyota/Subaru sports coupe is certainly on for real now. Official pics and specs of the upcoming two-company joint venture are out, and it looks to be a pretty impressive car on a number of fronts.

The rear-wheel drive coupe that will be badged as a Toyota was co-developed with Subaru (who provides the engine) and will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The name FT-86 is a nod to the popular RWD Corolla AE86 of the mid-1980s. The production version of the 2+2 FT-86 sports coupe, is due to go on sale towards the end of 2011.

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI Carbon Rolls Out at Tokyo Show

Wednesday September 30th, 2009 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Subaru Impreza WRX STi Carbon

It’s still car show season, and although Frankfurt is in the past, The Tokyo Motor Show is looming on the horizon. Of interest is a limited run WRX from Subaru called the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Carbon. Clearly, a car slathered with this much of the wonder material is not aimed at moms toting around the kids or the junior level business exec who wants to tell people he’s “made it”. No, that’s not who the WRX is for to begin with, let alone the WRX STI, let alone a show car special like the WRX STI Carbon.

No, the WRX STI Carbon is aimed at the boy racers out there. The Fast-n-Furious set, if that’s not too dated of a reference. Unlike a lot of older car guys, I’ve never had that much of a problem with the import tuner crowd. ‘Hey, at least they’re into cars’, was what I normally thought. I was a little puzzled by someone who’d drop that much money into an Evo or a Civic to go drag racing with it (V8s are a LOT more cost effective). But cars like the WRX STI Carbon I can sort of understand.

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