2007 Subaru Impreza

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$17,995

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2007 Subaru Impreza

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Rear legroom
  • Overly exuberant styling of performance models
  • Rear visibility

7 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Subaru Impreza trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Choice of three engines
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Manual or automatic (Impreza and WRX)
  • 293-hp turbocharged engine in WRX STi
  • Impreza-based Outback Sport

2007 Subaru Impreza review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

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There’s something forgiving, even therapeutic about grafting a station wagon rear onto a performance car: The back absolves the sins of the front. Here comes rowdy, there goes sensible. If the motto of the mullet haircut is “business up front, party in the back” — well, that’s the Subaru Impreza WRX wagon, only in reverse.

The WRX is one of the leading purveyors of the whole “pocket rocket” mentality that has long challenged the idea that to have fun, you need (A) a sports car, (B) a V-8 engine and (C) preferably both. Through the magic of a turbocharger — essentially a fan, driven by exhaust gas, that forces the fuel mixture into the engine under pressure — a four-cylinder engine can make V-8 horsepower.

The Subaru Impreza comes in three basic flavors — the regular Impreza, the speedy WRX, and the beyond-speedy WRX STI, which has 300 horsepower and boy-racer styling that can get a little tiresome. The regular WRX, with 224 horsepower, makes a lot more sense; it’s cheaper, lacks the STI’s log-wagon ride, but still has more than enough performance to add excitement to the daily commute. The STI only comes as a sedan, but the WRX is offered in sedan or wagon trim.

The wagon is, I think, the better-looking choice, not to mention the more practical one. It’s also ideal for the teenager who tries to convince mom and dad that buying a station wagon, for goodness’ sakes, is a commendably sober, conservative choice for a 16-year-old. Sort of like when I tried to convince my father that all I really needed when I was 16 was a car with a six-cylinder engine, when all my friends were coveting V-8s. The idea got a little traction until he realized the six cylinders were under the hood of a 1967 Jaguar XKE. Game over!

The test car was a 2007 WRX Limited, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power sunroof and a few other features to the regular WRX. With all models, the engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The test car’s transmission was a very smooth-shifting five-speed manual; an automatic adds $1,000. Fuel mileage is rated at 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, premium gas preferred.

As is every Subaru, the WRX is all-wheel-drive. The WRX suspension is firm, and the ride is taut, but it doesn’t beat you up, even on long trips. The bucket seats are excellent — the WRX Limited is a far better highway car than you would suspect. Rear seat room is rather cramped for adults, especially if tall front passengers have their seats pushed back.

Handling is just excellent, brakes are firm and progressive, and the torquey engine provides plenty of punch. The WRX Limited wagon weighs about 3,300 pounds, but feels lighter on its feet. There’s a moderate amount of road noise from the P205/55VR-16 radial tires, but it isn’t excessive.

The WRX wagon starts at $24,495, with the leather-clad WRX Limited starting at $26,995. With shipping and a few options, the list price of the test vehicle was $29,109, a little heady for a car that starts out life as a $17,995 Impreza wagon. The level of utility and performance the WRX Limited wagon offers is substantial, though, but whether or not it justifies that substantial price is up to you.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Toughest little vehicle I know.

This car has been the most reliable, toughest car I've ever owned. It has never let me down. Maintenance is very affordable. Plenty of power for all your lane passing needs and plenty of stopping power even in the most slippery conditions. The AWD system is perfect for washington winters! All electronics still work! I've only had to replace bulbs. Anybody who drives this car will totally love it.

5.0

Best handling out of any car I've owned

I live in te North East and my impreza is a perfect tool to go where many 4 wheel drives cant, Its insane how good this wagon is in the snow, I love my subaru and will always stay true to this brand for years to come. Rain shine snow mud wind rain DOES NOT MATTER ,I will be there 5 stars and a cherry on top. I have been warned about head gaskets on these motors but with 143000 Its been great but when or if that problem occurs I will have to pull the box out , there is no room to change this in the frame, Its worth it and all us subaru owners have names for our babies mine is peanut and it never lets me down. Subie 4 life the world is flat, Lets box.

3.7

Best but not best.

2007 Impreza wrx STi - already have to replace head gasket at 103k miles. Other than that it's a fun weekend car. Gas mileage really sucks on the STi model 19/24 mpg.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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