Pros Lots of power and performance
Cons lackluster styling and cheapo interior, Poor fuel economy
Summary Subaru could make this a really great car by upgrading the interior with Recaro seats and less plastic. Some real pile carets would be nice also. The fuel economy is more like a V8 without the power and torque. The engine needs to be updated technologically and direct injection should be added. Six speed trans need redesign and many would like a Double clutch style automatic although I prefer a 6 spd.. Styling is copied "Chris bangle bungle" that BMW is abandoning. Subaru management totally destroyed everything good about the STI model. Lets hope they get back on track.
Pros Fuel efficient (30mpg) if driven properly. Once boosted, turbocharger brings car to life in seconds. Roomy and comfortable (GT 4 dr) with good trunk space. Dual exhaust (upgraded by SPT) will turn heads.
Cons Trunk hinges can restrict certain items. Exhaust system (upgraded SPT exhaust) is noisy and vibrates interior.
Summary I live in Cleveland. I normally would need two vehicles, something great on mileage for the summer and a truck or SUV for the winter as my commute is about 40 minutes each way. This car impresses with a much more sophisticated "sleek" look but don't be fooled as it's a true "sleeper" performance-wise and other sports car drivers will wish they hadn't tried revving past you. Did I mention the mileage and the ability for your kids and dogs to sit in the back comfortably? Yea, truly a 5-star ride.
Pros Good handling
Nice interior and ergonomics (interior function and simplicity is high)
Nice Daily driver, with plenty of wow
Nice improvements to torque range
Cons Body roll in the corners
Wind Noise at High speeds
Summary Subaru has put a great package together, with more seat room in the back, something I was looking for in the G3 version of the Impreza.I do have kid's and am not a boy racer so this is important and Subaru delivered. I think if you need an extreme performance machine you have more reason to step up to the STI platform now as this car was clearly designed more for families, and mainstream users. The WRX although more mainstream still has lots going for it. It's basically still a very very fun car. I would like to see a 6 speed offered in the mid-tier WRX. Exterior styling for Subaru has always been a challenge (remember the XT, SVX or Tribeca). I think with the G3 Impreza they've done fairly well, especially compared to the forementioned. I have never seen Subaru reach impressive heights in styling, that's usually reserved for Mazda, Euro or US makers. I think on the build quality and overall package Subaru has created a great Generation 3 car here. You won't be disappointed, especially if you need a AWD car. The high performance, 5 speed Manual Impreza line is definitely the funnest car that Subaru makes. Try one!
Pros upgraded interior
Cons lower mpg. a bit soft handling
Summary drove Impressa manual, wrx manual, and sti a couple of days ago back to back. wrx was best balanced of all 3.
we are both tall people, so interior size makes this newer style a more viable candidate for our next car. Impressa with manual tranny is much stronger than automatic. sti didn't seem to be worth the cost of close to 40k. not as crisp as old sti.
decision boils down to what car is best in price class. wrx at -30k is a good bet and impressa/5-speed at 20k is also a value. Darrell.
Pros Fast, comfortable, um, hood scoop!
Cons Squishy in the corners, crappy gas mileage.
Summary This is my first scooby and I must say I love it. Coming from an '01 BMW 530i, it was a huge change. No where near the comfort and amenities I had become accustomed to, but obviously, exponentially more fun to drive. No one has ever bought a WRX because it was pretty, and this one is no exception. But please, look at one in person with the sport grill and you'll definitely change your view of it.
I don't like the OEM tires that are on it right now, but I'm praying for one more snow.
For a good launch, the car does require you to really tear into it. But as long as you're willing to, it goes and goes.
Plenty of traction in the corners, but way too much roll. Nothing some aftermarket sway bars and springs won't fix.
I find myself laughing at Mustang GT's and the other random cars that have function-less hood scoops.
I went with Black, but beware, a recall may be looming on the WRX paint jobs.