2009 Subaru Impreza Wagon


$5,355 - $7,730

2009 Subaru Impreza Wagon Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2009 Subaru Impreza Wagon was new.


This model has never been fully tested for performance. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other wagons.

Reviewers find the 2009 Subaru Impreza Wagon to be a sporty, responsive performer with plenty of power and good handling, but transmissions that leave something to be desired.  The Impreza's all-wheel drive system is a reviewer favorite.

  • "Few economy cars on the planet are as visceral, as hard-wired to the driver's inputs," -- Car and Driver
  • "I can't think of any compact car that is as much fun to drive." - The Washington Post

Acceleration and Power

The Impreza Wagon is offered as a 2.5i Sport with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine creating 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, or as a WRX Sport with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine creating 224 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. Reviewers like both engines, but recommend the more-powerful turbocharged WRX for driving enthusiasts. Reviewers are less than thrilled with the transmissions.

  • Regarding the 2.5i Sport, "Why would anyone buy such an entirely sensible vehicle when they could drive away in a full-fat, hormone-injected WRX Sport Wagon?"-- The Truth About Cars
  • The 2.5 liter engine "performs as smoothly as any in-line four-cylinder model, and provides plenty of mid-range power to operate the all-wheel-drive system without getting bogged down." Kelley Blue Book
  • The 2.5i Sport has "adequate pep with either transmission,"-- Consumer Guide.
  • The WRX Sport Wagon "is a remarkably fast (0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds) and gutsy little car." -- Washington Post
  • "From a standing start, the automatic amplifies the engine's sluggish low-end response. Step on the throttle after coming off the brake, and the WRX dribbles forward."-- Edmunds
  • "The car hesitates when you first hit the gas. Moreover, the transmission hunts around a lot for the right gear on hilly, curvy roads and runs out to high revs when you accelerate, both at highway and lower speeds." --BusinessWeek

Handling and Braking

The Impreza Wagon is a zippy and able handler. Reviewers are particularly impressed with the Impreza's all-wheel drive system.

  • "The ride is decidedly firm, but the suspension is difficult to upset, and there are no extraneous body motions," -- Car and Driver.
  • "The Impreza 2.5i Sport Wagon may slingshot out of turns with less alacrity than a WRX, but at least it does so with equal bravado. Body roll is minimal, tire adhesion predictable, throttle response enjoyable and braking thank-God-able."" --The Truth About Cars.
  • "Impreza's all-wheel drive trumps its competitors' front-wheel drive systems every time." Kelley Blue Book


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