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Friday, August 22, 2008

2009 Subaru Impreza Sneak Peek

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The 2009 Subaru Impreza should see no major changes following its 2008 redesign. The lineup includes the base 2.5i, the SUV-flavored Outback Sport, and the performance-oriented WRX and WRX STi. Two body styles are offered: a 4-door sedan and 6-inch-shorter 4-door hatchback. The 2.5i and WRX are offered in both body styles; the Outback Sport and WRX STi come only in hatchback form.

All models have all-wheel drive and a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine; it makes 170 hp in the 2.5i and Outback Sport, 224 hp in the turbocharged WRX, and 305 in the turbocharged WRX STi. A manual transmission is standard and available with a hill-holder clutch. An automatic with manual shift capability is optional on all but the STi. Available safety features on all Imprezas include ABS, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags.

Traction control and an antiskid system are standard on Outback Sport and WRX, optional on 2.5i. The Outback Sport has a raised suspension and 17-inch wheels vs. 16s, while the WRX gets a sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, hood scoop, and automatic climate control. A navigation system and remote engine start are optional on all models; heated seats are optional only on the WRX. This report is based on evaluations of the 2008 Subaru Impreza.