After a full redesign last year, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX high-performance sedan gets a more powerful 265-hp engine, stiffer suspension tuning and the aero body kit, including front and rear spoilers and side ground effects. The WRX is available only with a manual transmission, since last year's WRX automatic transmission trim is now the Impreza 2.5 GT. The WRX is equipped with a 2.5L turbocharged engine that cranks out 265 hp and 244 lb-ft. According to Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX specifications, this four-door model comes as all-wheel drive and five-speed manual only. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the WRX achieves18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy and 21 mpg in combined driving. Standard safety features are stability control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints to help reduce whiplash. Other WRX features are 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with high-performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension, sport front seats and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls.Read more Read less
Following a complete redesign in 2008, the 2009 Subaru Impreza rolls on with a few important changes. A new model, the 2.5GT, features the 224-hp turbocharged four from last year's WRX, but with a softer suspension and equipped only as an automatic. The WRX itself benefits from the most updates. Power is boosted significantly, up to 265 hp and 244 ft-lb of torque. Also, both wagon and sedan now come with a revised exterior that includes a new grille, side bodywork and different spoilers. The interior gets new upholstery with contrasting red stitching, an aluminum footrest for the driver and electroluminescent gauges. Also, a power moonroof is now included with the Premium Package.
Standard all-wheel drive; roomy interior; comfortable ride; rally-bred performance
The 2009 Subaru Impreza continues to stand out from the rest of the small-car crowd because it offers road-oriented all-wheel drive across the line, while the interior is more sophisticated and the ride is smoother. The WRX still ranks as one of the best performance bargains on the market, and the 305-hp STi is a giant killer that still offers plenty of room for the family.