2006 Subaru Impreza
There are 14 user reviews for the 2.5i Wagon trim shown below
- Responsive engine, standard safety features, AWD, build quality, styling
- Entry and exit from front seats sometimes awkward because of side bolsters. Engine vibration at idle
This Subaru is my first new car in 10 years and it makes my previous car, a 97 Dodge Neon sport coupe, feel like an antique. I had modified the Neon with Koni struts, lowering springs, cold air intake, and underdrive pully and it was quite a bit quicker and more fun to drive than in it's stock form. But this Subaru blows the Neon away even when the Neon was in it's hay day.
The Impreza feels like a more expensive car than it sells for. The doors are solid, the interior materials look and feel great and the seats are very snug and supportive. My only gripe is I almost find it difficult to enter and exit the car because of the seats side bolsters. But that's probably because I'm not used to the smaller doors of a four door car, unlike the much longer doors of the Neon coupe.
As far as performance goes, AWD has a much better seat of the pants acceleration than FWD because this car is very impressive when taking off. And I'm still under 1000 miles so I haven't really gone above 4k RPMS yet.
The Impreza is my first real experience with Subaru's boxer engine and I'm not sure if this is just a characteristic of the engine's horizontally firing pistons but I've found it to have an odd shutter when idling. When I brought this to my dealers attention they had the timming remapped and assured me everything was fine. I still feel the shuttering but it's very subtle and you'd have to really focus to notice it happening.
All in all I'm very happy with my new car and I don't think there's a better vaule to be had for the price of the Impreza. It's a no brainer. Bring on the snow!
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