2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon Review
The Impreza Wagon offers good power and sporty performance, but can't match the handsome exterior styling or overall refinement of others in its class.
Auto reviewers generally find the Subaru Impreza Wagon to be a sporty performer with good power and an impressive all-wheel-drive system, though only a few find it to be a complete package. BusinessWeek represents the consensus among the wagon's proponents, saying, "Imprezas are reliable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive, and they handle well for economy cars." Edmunds agrees that the Impreza Wagon is versatile, deeming it "perfectly suited for people with an active lifestyle. Hiking, rock climbing, biking, surfing -- pretty much any activity that requires more than a pair of shorts -- can all be accommodated." After calling the Impreza Wagon "ugly and noisy," the writes, "If you can stomach that unpleasantness, you're in for a thrilling drive."
Noting that the Impreza Wagon is "generally priced above Honda Civic and into Volkswagen Jetta territory," Consumer Guide reports, "These Subarus lack the refinement and interior materials to match those compact car benchmarks." On the other hands, "Subaru has remade itself into a premium brand and nowhere is that more evident than in its expansive Impreza line of compact cars," says New Car Test Drive. "They're the least expensive all-wheel-drive sedan and wagon available in the United States."
The Subaru Impreza Wagon is available as a 2.5i Sport or a performance-oriented WRX Sport trim. For their predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to other cars in their class, IntelliChoice gives the 2.5i Sport a rating of "worse than average," and the WRX Sport a rating of "poor."