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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,667 - $15,654
Original MSRP: $17,495 - $20,995
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Subaru Impreza Interior

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The 2011 Subaru Impreza's interior gets good reviews. The press loves its easy-to-read gauges, simple layout and reasonably comfortable rear seat. Still, for the Impreza’s price, reviewers expect more standard features.

  • "Inside, the Impreza is nicely appointed, with a look and feel that would be appropriate for a car costing thousands more. The gauges are easy to read, and there is plenty of storage space for small items." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior design is pleasant enough and materials quality is about what you'd expect for the compact class." -- Edmunds
  • "I love the easy-to-read gauges and simple layout." -- About.com

Seating

Reviewers agree that while there is plenty of head- and legroom in the Impreza’s front seats, the lack of a tilt and telescoping steering wheel on most models makes finding an ideal driving position difficult. Also, the seats themselves seem a bit stiff. Still, those in the rear seat of the Subaru Impreza should have more than enough room.

  • "Six-footers have good headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Seat comfort in the 2.5i models is only so-so, and the driving position suffers from the lack of a telescoping steering wheel (it only comes on the 2.5GT trim level and higher). The seats are also much better on the performance-oriented models." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats, too, feel a bit low-rent on the keister. We'd have liked a few cents more padding and bolstering, especially since the starting price for the Impreza 2.5GT is just shy of $27,000." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

For the Impreza’s price, its standard features list runs a bit short. It does offer amenities like air conditioning, an audio system with MP3/WMA capability, power windows and mirrors, but some competitors offer these and more. Furthermore, while the controls in the base model are simple to read and use, adding navigation absorbs the stereo controls, which makes them hard to use. Some reviewers also complain about the stereo’s sound quality.

  • "The climate controls are within easy reach and are clearly marked. The audio system is mounted high on the center of the dashboard, and it puts some controls just out of easy reach... The navigation system itself is easy to negotiate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Sound quality, regardless of stereo, is notably poor." -- Edmunds
  • "While there's little to want for equipment-wise, the interior materials could be better. The dashboard has a delightful silver swoop reminiscent of the stylish Tribeca's interior, and the innards present well if you ignore the door panels. Scuff-prone and shiny, they feel cheap, which is unbecoming for a vehicle that's otherwise well turned out and comprehensively equipped." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The Impreza’s cargo space varies depending on whether you buy a sedan or hatchback model. The sedan offers 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which isn’t bad for the class but isn’t particularly impressive either. On the other hand, the hatchback model has a split-folding rear seatback that offers an impressive 19 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 44.4 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. 

  • "The Impreza sedan has a decent trunk, but buyers looking for more utility will want to choose the hatchback. The hatchback's rear seats are split 60/40 and fold flat to open up a useful cargo area with a flat load floor." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Hatchbacks are versatile little haulers with good space behind the rear seats. The rear seatbacks don't fold flat with the cargo floor, and the headrests may have to be removed if the front seats are set far back. Interior storage is poor with a small center console and just average glovebox and door map pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk, with its inclined floor, leaves something to be desired." -- About.com

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