Following the redesign last year, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon gets an upgraded 265-hp engine, a stiffer suspension and the aero body package that includes front and rear spoilers. The WRX is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged engine that delivers 265 hp and 244 lb-ft, while the STI version blasts out 305 hp and 290 lb-ft and comes with an exclusive six-speed manual transmission. According to Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon specifications, both engines send their power to all four wheels. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the WRX ranges from 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy and 21 mpg in combined driving to 17/23/19 mpg for the WRX STI. The WRX STI boasts front and rear limited-slip differentials, upgraded suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, aggressive sport seats with Alcantara upholstery, bold styling, a CD changer, SI-Drive and a three-mode system to allow modulation of throttle response. 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.