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2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5 i Review

Big Performance, Small Price

A three-quarter front view of a red 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i

In short: A budget-priced all-wheel drive sedan.

ith its unique symmetrical all-wheel drive system and a sizable 2.5 liter engine, the Impreza delivers great handling and big performance for a not-so-big price. Outdoor adventurers and commuting professionals alike will notice the added bonus of traction control and all-season tires, while families are sure to appreciate the Impreza's strong safety features.

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Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; three-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; five-year/unlimited-mile rust perforation warranty.

Base Price: $18,495 / As tested: $21,278

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, symmetrical all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder SOHC horizontally opposed
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic with SPORTSHIFT

Curb weight:
3,131 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 180.3/68.5/58.1 in
Turning circle: 34.8 ft

all-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist
Suspension: all-wheel fully independent: MacPherson-type struts in front; double-wishbone in rear
Traction: Vehicle Dynamics Control

0-60 mph: 8.2 seconds
Top Speed: 120 mph (electronically controlled)

EPA City: 20 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Safety: safety brake pedal system; dual front airbags; front seat side-impact airbags; side curtain airbags; tire pressure monitoring system; unitized body construction with Ring-Frame Reinforced structure with crumple zones; 3-point seatbelts for all seats; daytime running lights

Likes: handling, traction, safety features
Dislikes: slow 0-60 compared to other cars in its class

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