2007 Subaru Impreza Review
The Impreza provides standard all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes, but falls short of competitors in style and value. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, you should also consider the Honda Civic or the Honda Fit.
All models of the 2007 Subaru Impreza sedan lead the compact car class with standard all-wheel drive and safety features. But the aging design and high base sticker price, even on the non-sport models, leaves reviewers doubtful that the Impreza can compete effectively in its class. "Known for its rally heritage, standard all-wheel drive, versatility and performance, it has been a popular choice for a wide range of buyers since its 2002 redesign," Edmunds sums up. Car and Driver notes that "despite its advancing age, the 2007 Subaru Impreza still offers a high degree of versatility and performance." However, Kelley Blue Book notices, "If budget is a factor in your buying decision, you won't find much to like" with the Impreza base price.
Consumer Guide questions whether Subaru can justify the Impreza's hefty price as a compact car. "Impreza is generally priced above Honda Civic and into Volkswagen Jetta territory, but these Subarus lack the refinement and interior materials to match those compact car benchmarks," they write. "Still, all-wheel drive is an asset that comes with every Impreza." Even with all-wheel drive, IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Impreza and Impreza WRX models a rating of "poor" based on its total cost of ownership.