2007 Subaru Impreza
There are 6 user reviews for the WRX Sedan trim shown below
- build quality, performance, handling, seating
- turbo lag, Engine Control Unit retards too much in summer, top mount IC, poor wheels
For the money it's hard to beat. The WRX goes on full boost early in RPMs which makes acceleration a simple matter in first and second, but in third-fifth turbo lag can be an issue. Roll on performance from 3000 RPM in 3rd and 4th is really good for the displacement. Brakes are good, but stock tires are not all that in the rain, and in snow the wheels spin too easily, also a tire issue. The transmission still has problems shifting into first compared to other boxes on the market. You almost have to be stock still before you can downshift into first. First is geared so tall that you don't have much speed range with it anyway. Turbo lag can be dangerous in fifth if you need to accelerate quickly from cruise speed, as you absolutely must downshift into fourth to get any acceleration. The turbo strikes a fair compromise between quick spool and volume, but full boost can not be maintained beyond 5200 RPM. It tapers relatively smoothly until you get to 5700 RPM then it falls off rapidly.
Left bone stock it is an entertaining daily driver with reasonable comfort and comfortable seating for 4 fat american adults. Lateral acceleration is not class leading, but this is a daily driver sedan and it's much more comfortable on spotty city streets than the STi or other more focused sport sedans. If you are willing to put up with more rapid tire wear you can greatly improve cornering with a different alignment that all but eliminates tire squeal in corners and minimizes roll, all w/o replacing anything.
Quoted mileage is a joke. You'll average 18 mpg in city and 25 on highway cruising at 75-78 mph. 93 octane gas is mandatory, particularly in summer.
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