2011 Subaru Impreza

MSRP $17,495 - $37,345

Ranked #10 in Sedan

7.3

Overall Rating

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2011 Subaru Impreza Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There is a market for sedans and then an even crazier market for the budget performance sedans on offer. That is where the Impreza stands. It is the sedan from Subaru a name immortalized by rally races and their rivalry with the Mitsubishi Evo series. The Subaru Impreza offers a great package for the buyers looking for reliable, safe, fun to drive, and good-looking sedans. It has a spacious and comfortable cabin with an extensive list of features. 

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Pros

Standard AWD

Roomy seating

Punchy turbocharged engines

Superb handling

Cons

Old four-speed automatic transmission

Poor fuel economy

Poor interior materials

What's New?

2.5GT trim dropped

New TomTom navigation system offered as optional


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17495

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

170 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

103.1 in.

length

180.3 in.

width

68.5 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3075 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

456.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$17,495 onwards

Premium$18,495 onwards

WRX$25,495 onwards

WRX Premium$27,995 onwards

WRX Limited$28,995 onwards

WRX STI$33,995 onwards

WRX STI Limited$37,345 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Subaru Impreza in Dark Gray Metallic color
Dark Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The car is powered by a 2.0L boxer engine and starts off at a price of $18,585. It comes with a standard AWD setup and its jaunty and lively engine options make it a viable option in the segment. At its price point, it goes up against the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Elantra. 


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2011 Subaru Impreza Features

8.0/10

The Subaru Impreza is offered in five trim levels and with two engine options.The trims start from the “2.5i” priced at $17,495 and go all the way up to $28,995 for the fully loaded WRX Limited trim. All the trims have AWD as the standard drivetrain layout. While a manual transmission is available with the 2.5i trims, the WRX uses an automatic transmission setup, found optional on base trims. The WRX trim is powered with the turbocharged version of the same motor found in the lower two trims. The top-end WRX limited is priced at $28,995 but adds only leather upholstery and xenon headlamps.

Trim

2.5i 

2.5i Premium

WRX

WRX Premium

WRX Limited

MSRP (Manual)

$17,495

$18,495

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP (Automatic)

$18,495

$19,495

$25,495

$27,995

$28,995

Key-features

16-inch steel wheels

16-inch alloy wheels

2.5liter turbocharged engine

Sunroof package

Leather upholstery

 

Full power accessories

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

5-speed manual transmission

Dash-mounted navigation system

Xenon headlamps

 

Keyless entry

Six-speaker stereo system with CD Player

Summer tires

Short-throw shifter

 

 

60/40 split rear seats

 

Aggressively tuned suspension setting

Turbo-boost gauge

 

 

Tilt-adjustable steering column

 

Special WRX trim body styling

 

 

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The WRX Premium is the top end that offers most top end features to us,both the WRX variants have the same engine and other aspects but the only difference is that there is leather upholstery and Xenon headlamps and these two demand a premium of almost $1000 which we feel is not too necessary.Thus, we might go for the ‘WRX Premium” trim and settle with that.

2011 Subaru Impreza Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The Impreza is powered by Subaru’s signature 2.5liter flat-four motor which puts out 170 horsepower and 170lb-ft of torque.The top end WRX trims come with the same engine but have a turbocharger bolted on to them that help in bumping up the power.The naturally aspirated engine on the lower trims feel good within the city limits while struggling out on the highway.The turbocharged unit pushes out an impressive 265 horsepower and 244lb.-ft.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

MSRP

$17,495

$15,805

$17,395

$16,525

Engine

2.5 Liter Flat 4

1.8 Liter Inline 4

2.0 Liter Inline 4

1.8 Liter Inline 4

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission

5-Speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed manual

Power

170 hp

140 hp

156 hp

136 hp

Torque

170 lb.-ft

127 lb.-ft

144 lb.-ft

123 lb.-ft

0-60 mph (seconds)

N/A

7.4 seconds

8 seconds

9.3 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15 seconds

15.6 seconds

16.3 seconds

16.5 seconds

Top Speed(mph)

127 mph

115 mph

117 mph

110 mph

Among the rivals on the list, the Chevrolet Cruze is the least powerful sedan and the Impreza stands at its perfect contrast. The Kia is the only car that is able to come close to the Impreza in this regard outputting 156hp and 144lb.-ft of torque and is the only sedan that makes use of an automatic transmission. All except the Subaru are channeled as FWD variants. While 60mph timings for the Impreza are not known, it is the quickest to the quarter-mile mark and has a lead of almost a second and a half over the Chevrolet and Kia. The Honda Civic is quicker than most of its rivals and only falls short of the Impreza. 

2011 Subaru Impreza Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Fuel economy is not one of the biggest let downs of the Subaru Impreza sedan thanks to its engine design. The 2.5liter naturally aspirated engine returns a maximum mileage of 20mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highways. The combined mileage stands at 23mpg. It gets a 16.5-gallon fuel tank, which is the largest in the segment and also averages a range of 338 and 456 city and highway miles, respectively.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

MPG (City) (mpg)

20

26

26

26

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

27

34

36

36

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

23

29

30

30

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

16.5 gal

13.2 gal

13.2 gal

15.6 gal

Range (miles) (city/highway)

338/456 mi

343/449 mi

356/493 mi

406/562 mi

The Kia and the Chevrolet offer excellent mileage figures and are similar fuel efficiency averaging 30 MPG. The Honda Versa manages to come just behind them, however, with its least voluminous tank of 13.2-gallons, it lurks at the bottom of the table when the range is concerned. The Cruze remains the undisputed winner averaging 562 highway miles.

2011 Subaru Impreza Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the Impreza is not the best ones you can find in the world,afterall it is a budget oriented sedan.Talk of the base trims and the bad interiors can be acceptable but not so much in the WRX trims and feels too cheap in the car.The cabin too is not very spacious and airy even if the seats are comfortable.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/55.6/43.5

39.4/53.7/42.2

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/54.8/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.2/35.4

37.4/52.4/34.4

37.3/54.9/35.9

37.9/53.9/35.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.0 cu. ft.

12.0 cu. ft.

14.9 cu. ft.

15.0 cu. ft.

The competitors have made it appear that the Impreza is the roomier car of these here. All the cars are almost similar in terms of dimensions. However, the Chevrolet Cruze feels a bit cramped inside while the 2011 Kia Forte is also quite spacious. Both the Forte and Cruze have 15 cu.-ft of cargo space, which is almost 3 cu.-ft more than what the Subaru Impreza and Honda Civic have to offer.

Important features of the interior are:

  • Cruise Control
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Power Steering
  • Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • 12V Rear Power Outlet(S)
  • Cargo Area Light
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Single Zone Front Air Conditioning

How intuitive is the 2012 Subaru Impreza’s infotainment unit?

The Impreza gets an updated infotainment system for the 2011 model and is now loaded with more features than before. The standard features now include Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, XM and Sirius compatibility, a CD Player, and iPod control capability. The optional TOMTOM navigation system has a 4.2inch display and can be disabled by the driver.

Some highlighted features of the infotainment system include:

  • AM/FM Stereo 
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio (Optional)
  • TOMTOM navigation(optional)
  • Bluetooth

2011 Subaru Impreza Exterior

6.0/10

The Impreza sedan comes in two distinct styles i.e the standard sedan and the sporty WRX sedan. The WRX sedan is the sporty looking trims with a wide body design and WRX inspired exterior styling cues. The standard sedan is more for the road design than looking anything sporty. The design is very much understated but is neat starting from the front-end to the rear. 

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.5i 

Honda Civic DX

Kia Forte EX

Chevrolet Cruze LS

Curb Weight (lbs)

3032 lbs

2630 lbs

2906 lbs

3097 lbs

Length (in.)

180.5 in.

177.3 in.

179.5 in.

181.0 in.

Width (in.)

68.5 in.

69.0 in.

70.1 in.

70.7 in.

Height (in.)

57.7 in.

56.5 in.

56.3 in.

58.1 in.

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

5.3 in.

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

104.1 in.

106.3 in.

106.3 in.

105.7 in.

The Impreza(not WRX) is very understated and not a fresh design. It may look elegant but it is not the best looking when compared to the much more modern and restyled and better looking Cruze and Forte. In terms of dimensions, the Chevrolet and Subaru are the longest sedans, but the Kia and Honda have better wheelbases of 106.3 inches. Additionally, the Forte also gets a ground clearance of 5.3 inches. The Cruze is the widest and tallest sedan measuring 70.7 and 58.1 inches, respectively, while the 2011 Honda Civic is the lightest weighing 2630 lbs. 

Some exterior features include:

  • Body side molding 
  • Splash Guard kit 
  • Hood Protector
  • Optional Chrome Sport Grille
  • Popular Equipment Group Package

2011 Subaru Impreza Safety

7.0/10

The Subaru Impreza sedan makes sure to keep the reputation of the brand’s safety quotient unbroken with ample safety features and some standard safety aids include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints,etc.The car has been given quite some significant safety gizmos to make it safer on the road

important safety features of the sedan are:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Trunk Release

2011 Subaru Impreza Final Verdict

If you are hunting for a good sporty sedan with superb performance and on a budget and you do not mind the poor mileage and the bad interior quality then the Subaru Impreza might be an amazing one for you. Thanks to its pricing and performance, this car will manage to put a smile on your face every time you drive it and that is a peppy performance. But if Fuel economy and quality are one of your priorities then you might have to look somewhere else.

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