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The Scoop on the Subaru Impreza: 2008 – 2011
As Subaru introduced the new 2008 Impreza, many people were left feeling a bit skeptical by the Impreza’s new, mainstream design that is ideal for the average person. From the 2.5i, to the WRX, to the STi, Subaru fans are given plenty of options. The smoother lines, more spacious interior, and less aggressive look took some getting used to for previous Impreza admirers, though. Here’s a more in-depth look at what the WRX has to offer.
In 2008, Subaru was targeting a more diverse group with the 2.5i and the WRX; slowly moving away from a rally car based image to that of a more mainstream, everyday sedan. Those who truly appreciated Subaru’s ingenuity were left wanting more, especially in the WRX; the race car attitude is just not enough. Most want more to look at. Many argue that if they wanted a mainstream car, they would purchase a Toyota Camry. But, keep in mind, there’s always the STi…
The STi has most everything you can want from a modern day, rally-car inspired vehicle. The WRX has always been a fair compromise for the pricey STi, but as of 2008, is it really? Sure the interior is spacious and comfortable and the suspension is not as tight, but comparing the older and newer bodies, the older WRX is the winner for those looking for more fun. People looking for a more mainstream car can look at the Outback or Legacy. Leave the Impreza for us rally car fanatics.
Although Subaru purposely went for practicality and comfort, there was too much sacrificed with the 2008 body. So what’s in store for 2011? Will the name Impreza be soon thrown around with the name Camry or Accord? Or will Subaru choose to combine the Impreza’s powerful engine with the sharp appearance from before 2008? Here are a few unofficial options that have appeared throughout various internet sites.
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