Similar to the navigation system, phone number input is disabled when the car is underway, and there is no voice command system. Making it all worthwhile was the whine from the turbo whenever it kicked in, making us feel like Top Gun pilots. At highway speeds, apart from a little engine rumble and wind noise from the side mirrors, the cabin is very quiet. First, the look: Line both of these models up side by side and they're closer than ever in appearance. Flared fenders categorize fast Subarus. On boost, the powertrain provides a rush to your ears and your gut, matching your own excitement as you explode from corner to corner.
The long shifter felt too far from each gate position, and lacked any kind of precision. We can speak to their success in four of those five categories and will have to take their word on the aero part. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox and an adjustable all-wheel drive system, all of which is good for 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The all-wheel-drive system and wide track make for fantastic handling, and give it some extra safety in slippery conditions. The transmission also lacked a sixth gear; instead reverse sits in that position, which invites havoc when looking for top gear on the freeway. The system includes a phone book function, and would have let us push contacts from our phone to the phone book, except the iPhone does not support that functionality.
Extensive audio controls allow for serious stereo fine-tuning. But cargo capacity takes a 7. A little surprisingly, the handling-enhancing changes, along with retuned dampers, seem to have actually improved ride quality. Subaru needs to replace this transmission with a close-ratio six speed. Ultimately, the amp and speakers for this audio system are not quite up to the promise of the audio controls, and would be a good target for an upgrade. I've owned this vehicle for a little over 4 years now. A Bluetooth phone system is also consolidated in this navigation head unit.
The brakes use Brembo-brand four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers. These are minor differentiators, so choose which one you like looking at most. Throw in a set of wheels that are wider by a full inch and suddenly the car is capable of laying down grip well past the engine's capability. In back, both models get a more aggressive lower-body look with quad-tip exhausts, and of course alongside the front and rear fenders now bulge outward, giving the car more voluptuousness. But then we discovered the extensive audio controls in the stereo. Subaru has built in sway bars that are about 30 percent more rigid, stiffer springs 16 percent in the front and 55 percent in the rear , stiffer bushings and a lower ride height for 2011. All models except the base Impreza 2.
Vehicle Overview The Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback. Audio tweaking Subaru says that its new navigation head unit includes iPod controls, but a dealer accessory iPod port is required to activate it. With the hatchback a bit shorter than the sedan, cargo space isn't abundant in either case—and the sedan's trunk isn't quite as useful as you might think because of a trunk floor that's uneven and sloped. While these two engines are now relatively close in output, their tuning is quite different. We easily paired it with an iPhone using the onscreen controls.
The two groups want the same thing from their cars namely, speed. The process was low key. Subaru engineers have done a sublime job with the suspension tuning. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557608750658 ; listingsSearchManager. The standard six-speaker audio system now boasts Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod integration, and a 3. A pair of racing-style bucket seats is positioned up front, and while they are incredibly supportive, we did have some qualms.
Inside, the appearance is familiar, but there are new instrument clusters, a new audio system, and darker, more understated trim. From rear three-quarter angles in person, where the sedan has looked a bit dowdy and awkward since its redesign, the flared sheetmetal makes the whole design pop. But our frequent use of the turbo brought our own fuel economy average down lower, to 17. A pair of racing-style bucket seats is positioned up front, and while they are incredibly supportive, we did have some qualms. The wider track and tires are said to reduce roll and improve stability. The suspension overhaul starts up front with the same 16-percent-stiffer springs from the Special Edition.
Combine this with precise steering, though a touch on the light side, and the unflappable nature of all-wheel drive, and you have confidence-inspiring machine. Line both of these models up side by side and they're closer than ever in appearance. Performance tech is much better, starting with the turbocharged boxer-style engine. The look and style of the car is very aggressive and stands out on any crowded street. This is one of those little things that Subaru should probably make standard with the navigation option.
You're smiling the whole way. The ride is beautifully smooth and isolated; the handling wonderfully direct and taut. Manual models also get hill start assist. Both models remain offered in four-door sedan or five-door hatch bodystyles. Offered here with a low reserve, this is a fabulous find for Subie enthusiast! Trim levels include the naturally aspirated four-cylinder 2.