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2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium Review

Premium AWD Experience

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium

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

The Premium edition of Subaru's popular Impreza sedan adds aluminum alloy wheels, a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with SRS Circle Surround system, and stylish touches of leather to this quick compact car's already ample list of amenities. Drivers looking to further pimp their Premium ride can also opt for the Navigation Package, which includes a touch screen navigation system along with SIRIUS satellite radio and Bluetooth hands-free calling. However, while the Impreza 2.5i Premium benefits from its luxury looks, the sporty sedan's standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder boxer engine ensure that this Premium Impreza still provides more than adequate road behavior.

Read a review of the 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited mile rust perforation warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $18,495 / As tested: $23,190

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,075 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 180.3/68.5/58.1 in
Turning circle: 34.8 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: strut front with stabilizer bar; double wishbone rear

Traction: vehicle dynamics control, traction control system

0-60 mph: 7.6 seconds
Top speed: 130 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; side-curtain airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Likes: reliability; large trunk; ease of driving

Dislikes: mild performance; average styling


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