2010 Subaru Impreza review

Even though the Impreza sedan and hatchback were redesigned last year, Subaru is still working on improving its compact car. For 2009, there's a new 2.5GT trim level of the Impreza, and it uses the 224-horsepower engine that used to power the performance-oriented WRX.

That car has more power this year as 224 hp is apparently no longer enough for a compact performance car but fortunately Subaru didn't do away with the horizontally opposed turbocharged four-cylinder that I thoroughly enjoyed in the 2008 WRX. In the new 2.5GT, it's teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission (see a side-by-side comparison with the 2008 Impreza).

I tested the new 2009 Impreza 2.5GT hatchback and came away impressed with what Subaru has accomplished with this car. If you're a hatchback enthusiast who likes a healthy dose of turbocharged performance now and then, the 2.5GT is a willing participant when you're in the mood for some sporty driving.

However, the 2.5GT's starting price is high, and if you've been inside competitors like the Volkswagen GTI, the Impreza might let you down somewhat in terms of its interior quality.

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Drivers seat
1) Seat position forward/backward control switch To adjust the seat forward or backward, move the control switch forward or backward. During forward/backward adjustment of the seat, you cannot ad ...

Using a warm water washer
- Keep a good distance of 12 in (30 cm) or more between the washer nozzle and the vehicle. - Do not wash the same area continuously. - If a stain will not come out easily, wash by hand. Some w ...

Drivers side switches
Drivers side switches 1) Lock switch 2) For drivers window (with one-touch auto up and down feature (type A)/one-touch auto down feature (type B)) 3) For front passengers window 4) For rear l ...