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2009 Subaru Impreza Interior Review

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


Interior: 7.7

Reviewers generally like the Impreza's cabin, but it's hard to determine whether their excitement is limited to the obvious improvement from previous generations, or whether it extends to the Impreza's cabin in comparison to other small cars and hatchbacks.

  • "Hop in the front seat and you find the Impreza is nicely appointed. The dash and center console have lots of plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "What the new control arms have delivered, however, is a slightly larger trunk with a lower floor. Combine that with rear seats that now fold in a 60/40 split, and the Impreza is more useful at Whole Foods. Although the interior surfaces are base plastic or vinyl, they're nicely grained and pleasing to the touch." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior is far more inviting than before. ..." -- Cars.com


The Impreza's seating for five is better than previous years, but reviewers disagree on how much room is offered compared to other small cars.

  • "Inside, the Impreza has plenty of room for a compact car. On the whole, there is more room than the last model. Even tall drivers should find enough head and leg room. Visibility to all corners is also largely unobstructed." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The big payoff for the longer wheelbase comes in the rear seat, where legroom is improved. Larger door openings and rear doors that open to 75 degrees also add to the new Subie's usability." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat is better than the old Impreza's, but it still can't match the stretch-out room of the Civic." -- About.com

Interior Features

Despite the odd detractor, most say the Impreza's build quality is good and that gauges are easy to read. The 2009 Subaru Impreza's standard audio system is an 80-watt four-speaker system with a single disc in-dash CD player, MP3 and satellite radio capability and vehicle-speed sensing volume. The optional stereo has 10 speakers, surround sound and a six-disc in-dash CD changer.

  • "Overall interior materials quality is solid, and the gauges and the center stack are attractively designed. As such, the Impreza's interior looks and feels a cut above that of many rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "The Impreza's interior is a mixed bag of good and bad -- so much so that I fear I may wear out my computer's B,U and T keys typing up this next section. ... At least the plastics are of good quality, but must there be so much of them? The three-tone finish on the dash is nice, but the hard plastic covering the door panels screams bargain-bin (Surely that terry-felt stuff was cheap enough that Subaru could have put a little bit of it on the doors.)" -- About.com
  • "The gauges are easy to read and the overall look is pleasing." -- New Car Test Drive


The 2009 Impreza is one of few affordable small cars to have an optional touchscreen navigation unit with a 7-inch LCD screen. Some reviewers describe the unit as less than intuitive, but say it gets easier to operate over time. The navigation system also includes auxiliary inputs for other portable multimedia devices such as a PlayStation or Xbox.

  • "The navigation system is fiddly to use but otherwise works well." --  Automobile Magazine
  • "With the optional navigation system, the radio controls are integrated along the sides of the nav screen. This makes some of the controls small and a bit hard to find, but it shouldn't be a problem after a few weeks. We found the screen hard to read with polarized sunglasses on and hard to read during the day with the headlights on." -- New Car Test Drive


Neither the Impreza sedan nor hatchback has the largest trunk in the class, but reviewers appreciate the convenience of the space offered. The four-door model offers 11.3 cubic-feet of space, while the five-door comes with 19 cubic feet with the seats up and 44.4 cubic feet once rear seats are folded.

  • "Cargo room is good, especially in the hatchback. The rear seats are split 60/40 and they fold flat easily via pull-up knobs. ... The load floor is flat, the opening is large, and the liftover is low enough to allow for easy loading. We hauled two people with their luggage and ski equipment on a trip to Colorado and found the Impreza hatchback had plenty of room." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The trunk lid is wonderful; it opens up a gaping maw that makes loading bulky cargo easy. But the trunk is a little smaller than the Civic's and a lot smaller than the Sentra's and Elantra's. Furthermore, the sloping floor gets in the way, and the old-fashioned metal hinges will squash anything in their path when you close the lid. The back seat splits and folds down, but the center seatbelt doesn't detach; it's always in the way." -- About.com

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