Posts Tagged ‘Subaru’
The Rex is back. Power is up and the suspension has been retuned for 2009.
We’ll let you in on a little secret: the all-new-for-2008 Subaru Impreza WRX wasn’t actually a WRX. It seems that Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru‘s parent company, decided at some point during the new car’s development that WRX buyers had matured and now wanted something softer, quieter, and more mature. They renamed the WRX the S-GT for the home market and tuned its suspension to drive like a Toyota Camry.
Repeat after me: it’s not a WRX. Make this your personal mantra, and you too will find the 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i – not the WRX – to be a competent compact car.
If there’s one conclusion the Automobile Magazine office can collectively draw about the 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i, it’s this: it’s no WRX.
The battle continues: Subaru gives the WRX more power to compete with Mitsubishi’s new Ralliart. The old WRX lives on as the 2.5GT.
That didn’t take long. After Mitsubishi finally unveiled a WRX-fighter with its 2009 Lancer Ralliart, Subaru has countered with an upgraded WRX as well as a new model that picks up where the old one left off.
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.
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.