Best Bet
(4.5) 42 reviews
MSRP: $907$19,759
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 20
Engine: 305-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2008 Subaru Impreza

Our Take on the 2008 Subaru Impreza

Our Take

From the outside, it's hard to tell that the redesigned Subaru Impreza has any relation to its predecessor. The new grille sits within one frame instead of three, and the hatchback version sports dotted taillights similar to those on the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV.In the cabin and under the ho... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Low-tech automatic transmission
  • Less distinctive styling than before
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Some controls too small

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2008
  • Hatchback or sedan
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 170- or 224-hp (WRX) four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Outback Sport model


Our Expert Reviews

While the hot WRX may garner the most headlines for Subaru's Impreza line, the four-door with a 2.5-liter engine will be the bread-and-butter model.The Impreza was redesigned for 2008. While the five-door hatchback has a unique shape, the sedan has a more traditional profile. The new design has a greater presence, in part because of the crisp side body crease and a wide grille opening.The ... Read full review for the 2008 Subaru Impreza

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Consumer Reviews


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Best car for the money

by Slickster from Salt Lake City, UT on April 26, 2011

I bought this car back in the spring of 2008 (automatic transmission) with the intent of using it to get me to and from the mountains in Utah. It's proven to be economical and reliable without sacrifi... Read Full Review

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.