Subaru Impreza WRX review

          The Subaru Impreza sport compact sedan in all its variations, ever in competition with AWD offerings from Mitsubishi and losing market share to the likes of the Mazdaspeed 3 and Volkswagen GTI, needed a shot in the arm. Reaching into the Subaru parts bin, the Japanese company that has become synonomous with all wheel drive has given the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX a larger turbocharger and an entirely redesigned Subaru exhaust system, resulting in a huge boost in horsepower for a total of 265.

         The Impreza WRX addresses many of the concerns we had with the previous model. For starters, it's bigger, at 180.3 inches long (up 4.5 inches). The wheelbase is expanded from 99.4 to 103.1 inches, and the car is 1.4 inches taller, at 58.1 inches. Width (68.5 inches) is unchanged, but hip and shoulder room have improved, and there are now 95 cubic feet of interior space, compared with 88. 

          The Impreza WRX debuted an all new platform for the 2008 model year, featuring a longer 103.1-inch wheelbase and an all new double wishbone rear suspension system. Revised suspension tuning for 2009 further bolsters WRX's street performance credentials. The standard 17 x 7 inches aluminum alloy wheels now wear 225/45R17 summer performance tires, compared to 205/50R17 all season tires used on the 2008 WRX.


          * Type of engine: Turbocharged Gas Flat 4
          * Horsepower: 265 @ 6000 rpm
          * Price (est): $32,000

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