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2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Sedan

10Oct
2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Sedan
2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Sedan - Subaru Compact Sedan Review - Automobile Magazine
Buyers of the base Impreza are likely looking at the car as a way to get four-wheel-drive capability in an economy car, and to us, $17,737 is a pretty fair price.

The all-beige interior of this economy sedan has all the aesthetic appeal of a hospital room. Jeez, Subaru, couldn’t you figure out SOMETHING in here that could be colored or finished in such a way as to give the eye a break from the endless monotony of beige plastic? Well, at least everything is uniformly beige; every piece of plastic is exactly the same shade, and the pieces all fit together well. I suppose those are achievements.

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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X

10Oct
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X - Subaru Crossover SUV Review - Automobile Magazine
The new Forester may not appeal to enthusiasts, but it has one enduring trait that Subarus have had for several decades: it is practical.

Here’s a vehicle that really lost its appeal with a redesign. The last-generation Forester was pretty funky, but it was unique and stood out in the crossover/tall wagon world. This Forester couldn’t be more generic and the test car’s silver paint makes that even worse. The non-turbo engine and automatic transmission (a manual transmission is available, but not with the turbo engine) is also the least appealing combination. The Forester does offer all-wheel drive and lots of utility, but an EPA rating of 22 mpg combined seems like a death sentence for a vehicle this underpowered.

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2008 Subaru Impreza and 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
2008 Subaru Impreza and 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
The STI and Evolution versions get all of the attention, but what about the base Impreza and Lancer?

If you’ll forgive me for invoking a hallowed piece of genre-defining cinema, there’s a moment in The Brady Bunch Movie that always tends to stick in my head. Jan Brady, the middle of three sisters, has grown mildly psychotic, and she’s begun talking to herself. Her sister, Marcia, always seems to have the upper hand:

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