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2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by dan_libra

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Reviewed: 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport

4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport?

Cargo capacity

Not too large, not too small, enough to fit bikes, skis and various cargos.

Safety & braking

Despite being relatively small, it was rated as having very good safety, plus having all-wheel drive it provides excellent safety in all weather conditions.

Interior styling

The styling is functional and avoids being ultra flashy, gimmicky or ugly as in the case of Toyota.

Color choices

Choice of colors is not that large but the available colors are very good.

Why Not the 2008 Subaru Impreza / WRX / Outback Sport?

Materials & workmanship

The materials quality found throughout the cabin is extremely cheap. Hard plastics(creaks, rattles) are abound in the entire cabin - from doors, dashboard to seat cloths. There is luxury, there is good quality, there is average and then there is Subar

Past personal experience

Owned Impreza and had various issues from the start. Leaking under rain (had to replace seals in firewall), rattling, creaking due to missing screws, improperly installed insulation and etc, poor engine response.

Fuel economy

For such a small car with NA 170hp engine the economy is rather poor ~24mpg.

Driving position & visibility

Not much adjustment in the driving position. The passenger is forced to seat very low and face the glove box.

Audio & nav systems

The audio in Subaru is not average. It is outright below contempt in both in quality and quantity. Awfully underpowered, flat and with poor stereophonic experience it is a joke.

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