The new car is more composed than its predecessor, dispensing with the large amounts of body roll that were the hallmark of the 2010 in favor of world-class turn in—though we'd still like a little more steering feel to pair with the precision of the 2011 car's improved handling. Wagon models can also be had in a ruggedly styled Outback Sport guise. Another lesson learned from around-town driving is the magnetism that rear wing has to police. All the standard safety features are here, too, including anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints to help mitigate crash-induced whiplash. The eighteen-inch wheels are also new for 2011 and are lighter. The 2011 Subaru Impreza and Outback Sport have a roomy, well-designed interior, but the cabin materials of these models leaves something to be desired.
Speaking of vague, while the brakes were firm, the pedal supplied little feedback, making stop-and-go modulation a little on the jerky side at first. Yet you can also drive it quite benignly around town. Backseat space is also better than typical for adults, with six-footers able to sit front and back—with enough headroom in back, although legroom is a little tight. The automatic has gears that are spaced too far apart, though, and has an annoying tendency to downshift early. . This setting makes the most of the 305-horsepower, 2.
Given Subaru's messaging and the brand's reputation for having socially and environmentally conscious followers , you might assume that this brand has especially green vehicles, that's not the case—or at least not in the case of the Impreza. We're not sure whether that's a few additional lb-ft of torque on the low end or if we were simply able to carry extra speed through the turns, but the impression was unmistakable. Inside, the Impreza feels better styled, if not entirely upscale. That's not to say it isn't good next to other inexpensive small cars; it's just a different competitive set—more the likes of the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra than serious sports cars and sport sedans. The price of a low ish curb weight and sports car track prowess is a somewhat noisy cabin.
This vehicle has always been a blast to drive, and it got even better for 2009 when Subaru poured on 41 more hp, for a total of 265, and stirred in a raft of chassis revisions. The main issue many shoppers will find with the Impreza's interior is that its materials feel cut-rate. As a bonus, getting there is more enjoyable, thanks to an incredibly refined ride. The Impreza remains offered either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. The result was a 0-to-60-mph run of 4.
It's torquey and responsive at low revs, making it especially well suited to the four-speed automatic transmission, though the five-speed manual also brings good performance. In a perfect performance-car world, everyone who enjoyed fast cars would be driving something like a , which has an interior as well executed as its powertrain. The Impreza hasn't changed significantly since its introduction a couple of years ago, though last year the Impreza got a new grille design that, from a distance, reminded us of the Honda Civic's. Ride comfort is quite good in the Impreza, with a relatively soft, compliant suspension, and the interior is well-hushed from wind and road noise. Last night I was getting ready to blow past one of the typical left-lane dawdlers on my commute, and I noticed a State Police car in the median just as my speedometer moved from a two- to four-point infraction. Donny Nordlicht, Associate Web Editor I need to address the issue of the large rear wing and its potential to attract attention from the law.
Now you can get both the hatch or the sedan. The plastics are hard and hollow; switchgear feels basic more standard '90s econo-car fare than anything ; and some might find the base upholstery disappointing. On each of these models, you'll find more accurate, better-weighted steering than is typical among inexpensive small cars, but there's a lot of give and body roll that keeps the standard Impreza and Outback Sport from having enthusiast appeal. You may now consider these concerns rectified. But with standard all-wheel drive, good handling, a comfortable interior, and a great list of standard features, it sure shouldn't be. So far, so good, but the main issue many shoppers will find with the Impreza's interior is that its materials feel cut-rate.
Even the new base 18-inch Enkei wheels are four pounds lighter than last year's. Discovering the 2011 Subaru Impreza horsepower is a good start to figuring out the real power hiding under the hood of the vehicle. Even in base form, the 2011 Subaru Impreza comes pretty well-equipped—and with all sound systems upgraded for 2011 the Impreza now includes standard Bluetooth hands-free capability. The system can transform the character of the car, depending on the corner and speed, and whether you're on tarmac, dirt, or gravel. The automatic has gears that are spaced too far apart, though, and has an annoying tendency to downshift early. The low-frequency growl out of the quad exhaust is just as intoxicating as the boost of power that the turbo flat four delivers above 3000 rpm; although I do feel a little sorry for my neighbors who had the endure the growl every time I came or went.
Materials are mostly a mix of grained and matte-metallic-surfaced plastics. It could be argued that in some situations the standard all-wheel drive system also serves as a safety feature. On the other hand, Subaru's excellent all-wheel drive systems, included in all Impreza models, do add to these cars' driving dynamics in some situations—allowing them a more surefooted feel out of sharp, slick corners, for instance. Subaru has built in sway bars that are about 30 percent more rigid, stiffer springs 16 percent in the front and 55 percent in the rear , stiffer bushings and a lower ride height for 2011. Now, after driving a Evo just a couple weeks before this, I still stand by my original comments.
A Tom Tom Navigation System—with a detachable portable system with 4. For 2011, Subaru brought the sedan back for the first time since 2007. Haunches that stretch out past the taillamps plus the large rear wing improve the drag coefficient by 5 percent, boosting top speed to 158 mph. How much horsepower does the 2011 Subaru Impreza have? Even in base form, the 2011 Subaru Impreza comes pretty well-equipped—and with all sound systems upgraded for 2011 the Impreza now includes standard Bluetooth hands-free capability. You should take into consideration that the break horsepower is taken in ideal conditions without any accessories attached to the engine. While the 2010 model tended to rely more on the tires to supply grip under more aggressive driving, the 2011 seemed to make better use of the whole chassis.
The base engine is rated at 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. You can enter a corner a little faster than you think; you can go flat on the throttle before the apex. These buyers want the maximum performance per dollar and willingly trade interior refinement in the name of speed. But in the real world, most people have to make compromises. Its instrument panel design wraps around to the doors and is punctuated by a center pos that contains audio and climate controls and vents, while the driver gets a sport-sedan-like hooded gauge cluster. But you can forget all that. It should be easy to clean and wear well over time.