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Back to a small car again and loving it

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 4/7/2015 Mark Banash

Traded in my '03 Passat V6 for the Impreza Sport. Will teach my daughter to drive it and give it to her when she leaves for college.The driving position reminds me of my '91 Integra - low with good vision. However the Subie is much more planted to the ground and only the deranged will be able to detach it. Steering has good road feedback and while braking might seem soft it isn't. The engine w/CVT is peppy but better for our curvy NH backroads than a 0-to-60 competition.Excellent fit/finish with goodies like heated seats, upgraded BT stereo, heated wipers and mirrors. Solid feel to the doors and sheet metal.In short, a great commuting car that you can also toss around.

Favorite Feature : I love the way the car handles, especially the feeling that all four wheels are stuck to the pavement. For a four cylinder the engine is quiet and does a good job of reaching highway speeds. Also love not hearing or feeling the transmission shift. Runs on standard unleaded and gets 30+ mpg. The engine bay is very logical with all fluid reservoirs (and even the oil filter) simple to find. Overall a good driving environment with all controls within easy reach. Seats are supportive with a fabric that has a quality feel. Easy-to-use touchscreen for audio and phone. Also easy-to-clean alloy wheels with no annoying nooks and crannies to collect brake dust.

Suggested Improvement : Of course a few more hp would be nice. I understand the trunk in a hatchback is small but the single light in it doesn't illuminate it well. The prop rod for the hood is annoying given that the hatch has gas struts to hold it open. And I have never found another Subie owner who uses the shift paddles.

Average Rating : 4.375

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