2005 Subaru Impreza

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Subaru Impreza. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of WRX and WRX STi
  • Handling in WRX and WRX STi
  • AWD operation
  • Frontal-offset crash-test rating
  • Side-impact airbags in WRX and WRX STi

The Bad

  • Rear legroom
  • Over-exuberant styling of performance models
  • No side-impact airbags in regular models

Notable Features of the 2005 Subaru Impreza

  • New 2.5 RS Sport Wagon
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Manual or automatic in regular Impreza and WRX
  • 300-hp turbocharged engine in WRX STi

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Great car, owned it for a decade

by ebe958 from Metairie on March 18, 2018

This car got us through man Chicago winters without ever getting stuck in the snow. No major problems until a brake line issue at 105K, which was caused by rust problems in the undercarriage. ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love my impreza

by Cbaum from Santa Fe on October 4, 2017

I have owned my impreza since 2009, second owner. This car has been very reliable and is the perfect size (small, yet you can fit a lot in the back with the seats folded down, or a bunch of people ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Subaru Impreza currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Subaru Impreza has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impreza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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