After the redesign last year, the 2009 Subaru Impreza Wagon remains a five-door hatchback and no major changes. Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport are propelled by a horizontally opposed 2.5L four-cylinder engine grinding out 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the Impreza 2.5 GT has a turbocharged version of the engine that produces 224 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. Subaru Impreza Wagon specifications include all-wheel drive, a passenger capacity of five, and either a five-speed manual transmission with incline start assist or a four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. However, the 2.5 GT offers only an automatic transmission. EPA fuel efficiency estimates range from 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy and 22 mpg in combined driving for the non-turbocharged trims with manual transmission down to 1 mpg less on the highway for automatic-transmission base trims, while the 2.5 GT trim scores 19/24/21 mpg. Standard safety features include stability control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.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.