For the 2007 model year, Subaru's compact sport sedan and wagon-the Impreza-undergoes many updates, both inside and out. Interior changes range from door panels that now include cup holders to the replacement of ashtrays by either storage pockets or auxiliary audio input jacks. Also, the Impreza line has new suspension and drivetrain components, as well as several entirely new models, including special editions of the 2.5 I sedan and Outback Sport, and an STI Limited.
Subaru says its Impreza is the most affordable all-wheel-drive sport-compact available on the U.S. automotive market. With versions ranging from 173 to 293 hp, the Impreza also is among the most fun-to-drive vehicles on the road. For 2007, the Impreza is available in a multitude of trims: 2.5 I sedan, 2.5 I sedan Special Edition, 2.5 I sport wagon, Outback Sport, Outback Sport Special Edition, WRX TR sedan, WRX sedan, WRX sport wagon, WRX Limited sedan, WRX Limited sport wagon, WRX STI sedan, and WRX STI Limited sedan. The standard Impreza models are powered by a 173-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The WRX version gets a turbocharged version of the engine that pumps out 224 hp. The STI gets an even more powerful, 293-hp version with double overhead camshafts and a turbocharger.
Standard equipment includes front and side air bags, 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock technology, Subaru's heralded Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 16-inch wheels, an aluminum hood, power mirrors/locks/windows, an AM/FM/CD audio system, air conditioning, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, an outdoor temperature gauge, variable intermittent wipers, and a tilt-adjustable steering column. Wagons add a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, a cargo cover, and sub-floor storage. The 2.5 I Special Edition adds automatic climate controls, an upgraded 120-watt audio system with an in-dash 6-CD changer, and a power moonroof. The Outback Sport gets a heavy-duty raised suspension and special body molding and interior trim. The Outback Sport Special Edition gets a 240-watt audio system including satellite radio.
The WRX-in particular, the STI variant-is considered the sporty model in the Impreza lineup. WRX TR models get 17-inch wheels, red-painted brake calipers, larger rear brakes, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering, an engine oil cooler and viscous limited-slip rear differential, an integrated hood scoop, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The WRX sedan adds an aerodynamic body kit, aluminum pedal covers, automatic climate controls, a 120-watt audio system, and performance seats. The Limited sedan and wagon add leather seating, heated front seats, a power moonroof, and heated mirrors. The ultra-sporty STI gets a 6-speed manual gearbox with a short-throw shifter, BBS-forged wheels with performance tires, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip front differential, a sport-tuned suspension, a quicker rack-and-pinion steering gear, a tall rear spoiler, and several driver-manipulated controls for such things as a water spray for the intercooler and center differential. The STI also has special competition-style seats with blue Alcantara fabric. The STI Limited gets black leather seats, special interior and exterior trim, and a power moonroof.
The Subaru Impreza competes in the Compact Sporty segment, which consists of 10 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, fuel economy, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Scion tC (79,125), Subaru Impreza (41,148), and Mitsubishi Lancer (23,167). The Subaru Impreza's 41,148 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 22.3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Sporty segment include the Pontiac Solstice, Hyundai Tiburon, Mazda MX-5, Saturn Ion, and Volkswagen Eos.
|2.5 i (M5)||5 speed manual||$17,995||173-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||22/29|
|WRX TR (M5)||5 speed manual||$23,995||224-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||20/27|
|WRX (M5)||5 speed manual||$24,995||224-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||20/27|
|WRX Limited w/Beige Interior (M5)||5 speed manual||$27,495||224-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||20/27|