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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,674 - $14,279
Original MSRP: $17,495 - $26,995
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Subaru Impreza Review

Review Last Updated: 7/25/12

The 2009 Subaru Impreza’s class-leading safety scores, standard all-wheel drive and good performance should appeal to shoppers who want a safe small car that’s a little fun to drive. However, the Impreza has a poor reliability score and its interior reviews weren’t as strong as many of its competitors’.  

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If you’re considering the 2009 Subaru Impreza, you probably know that every sedan and hatchback in the model line has standard all-wheel drive, including the high-performance WRX STI. Each Impreza has a 2.5-liter engine, but the GT and WRX models have a turbocharged version. If you don’t need the extra power, test drivers said the base Impreza produces enough juice for the average Joe, and has sharp handing. Because it has the added weight of all-wheel drive, the base Impreza’s fuel economy ratings are low at 20/26 mpg city/highway, and turbocharged models have even lower ratings. The Impreza has excellent safety ratings, though its reliability score is among the worst in the class.

Reviewers were impressed with some interior improvements over past models, such as the Impreza’s expanded seating area and easy-to-read gauges, although other cars in the class received stronger endorsements. The Impreza has roomy front and rear seats, but the sedan doesn’t have as much cargo space as its top competitors. If you need more room for luggage, go for the hatchback model. The 2009 Subaru Impreza has an impressive list of standard features that many rivals can’t match. In addition to all-wheel drive, the base Impreza comes with a four-speaker stereo, air conditioning, power accessories, electronic stability control, traction control and electronic brake-force distribution.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Honda Civic whizzes past the Impreza with an above-average reliability score. It’s also known for its crisp handling and engaging performance, particularly from the Si model. However, there are some tradeoffs. For starters, the Civic has a cramped second row, and there’s no hatchback model, which means the Civic doesn’t have an abundance of cargo space. Also, the Civic doesn’t have many standard features. Items like a radio, air conditioning and electronic stability control all require you to choose a higher trim.

If you want a hatchback with all-wheel drive and good reliability, the 2009 Toyota Matrix is the model to pick. All-wheel drive versions come with safety and interior features that are comparable to the base Impreza. However, the base Matrix doesn’t have electronic stability control standard. Regardless of which model you choose, you should be satisfied with ample cargo space and good safety ratings.

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