• (4.7) 38 reviews
  • Available Prices: $4,264–$23,928
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 22-23
  • Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2011 Subaru Impreza

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Subaru Impreza

What We Don't Like

  • Basic-feeling cabin
  • Non-turbo models lack telescoping steering wheel
  • So-so gas mileage
  • Sedan has small trunk
  • Limited driver's-seat travel
  • Inconvenient child-seat Latch anchors (hatchback)

Notable Features

  • Plethora of regular or turbocharged variants
  • Standard AWD
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Standard stability system

2011 Subaru Impreza Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback. Trim levels include the naturally aspirated four-cylinder 2.5i and Outback Sport, as well as turbocharged WRX models. All-wheel drive is standard. Competitors include the Mazda3 and Volkswagen Jetta. A 305-horsepower Impreza WRX STI tops the model line, both in price and in speed.

(Skip to details on the: Impreza Outback Sport, WRX and WRX STI)

New for 2011
Subaru has added an optional TomTom navigation system that has a removable 4.3-inch touch screen. The portable nav system is available on the new Outback Sport Special Edition and Impreza 2.5i Premium models. All models except the base Impreza 2.5i have a new audio system with a single-disc CD player, Bluetooth, iPod control and satellite radio capability, and a USB port. The Impreza 2.5 GT model has been discontinued.

All non-Impreza Outback and WRX models are available as either a sedan or hatchback. Hatchback models get clear-lens taillights with red LEDs. Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored door handles and mirrors
  • Standard rear lip spoiler (hatchback)
  • Optional fog lamps
  • Optional power tilt/slide glass sunroof
  • 16-inch wheels standard
  • Optional 17-inch wheels

The interior has a businesslike austerity to it. Metallic inlays flank the center controls, and the center console houses an optional navigation system. All models come with a 60/40-split folding backseat. The hatch gets a cargo area cover and tie-down hooks. Interior features include:
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Optional automatic climate control
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Optional portable touch screen navigation

Under the Hood
With the demise of the 2.5 GT, all Imprezas now come with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Mechanical features include:
  • 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive

All Imprezas include an impressive array of safety features. They include:
  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system with traction control
  • Standard antilock brakes with brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Standard hill start assist (manual versions only)
  • Standard daytime running lamps

Impreza Outback Sport
The Impreza Outback Sport is a more rugged Impreza, similar to how Volvo distinguishes the V70 from the XC70. It's only available as a four-door hatchback featuring a two-tone appearance, with the lower section of the body a contrasting silver hue.

A new Special Edition Model available with a portable TomTom navigation system with a removable 4.3-inch touch screen has been added as an option for 2011.
  • 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Heavy-duty raised suspension
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-speaker surround-sound system Back to top

Subaru WRX
The WRX has adopted the 2010 STI model's wider body and more aggressive exterior.

Because the current-generation STI had been available only as a hatchback, the wide-body styling appears on a sedan for the first time this year in both the WRX sedan and an all-new STI sedan. It includes wider fenders and squared-off bumpers. The grille is now black; gone is the previous model year's chrome bar. Carrying over from last year are a prominent hood scoop, to funnel air into the turbo's intercooler, and a spoiler on the hatchback's liftgate. The WRX sedan has an optional spoiler on the trunklid that's more subtle than the STI's. The sedan's taillights are red, whereas the hatch has clear lenses.

The widening isn't limited to the body. The distance between the left and right wheels, known as the vehicle's track, is 1.5 inches wider. The WRX's suspension is firmer than the regular Impreza's, and for 2011 it has slight changes, including firmer rear bushings. The standard wheels are 17 inches, and this year they're 8 inches wide, up from 7 inches, for more grip.

All WRX models employ a turbocharged version of Subaru's 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 265 hp and 244 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission, and the standard all-wheel drive uses a viscous coupling center differential rather than the more sophisticated system that works with an automatic transmission in the more modest Imprezas.

The WRX's interior is distinguished from other Imprezas by sport seats with checkered black cloth upholstery with red accent stitching. The pedals and dead pedal have aluminum alloy covers.

The leather steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and it incorporates buttons for the cruise control and audio system. A new single-CD stereo adds Bluetooth audio streaming and hand-free cellular capability along with USB and analog jacks for controlling or simply playing an MP3 player through the stereo. Other standard features include remote keyless entry and automatic climate control. Satellite radio and a navigation system are options. The WRX Premium adds heated seats and side mirrors, a moonroof and projector-beam fog lights. The WRX Limited adds leather upholstery and xenon headlights. Back to top

Subaru WRX STI
The STI version of the WRX now comes as a sedan for the first time in this generation. For 2011 its suspension is retuned with higher spring rates and thicker stabilizer bars and remains a step firmer and more performance oriented than the regular WRX's. Its version of the turbo-four produces 305 hp and 290 pounds-feet of torque. Its six-speed manual joins a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with limited-slip front and rear differentials. The center differential has three driver-selectable performance modes and variable torque distribution settings. The brakes use Brembo-brand four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers. The alloy wheels measure 18 by 8.5 inches. The STI has quad tailpipes — enlarged to 3 inches in diameter — and the sedan has a huge rear wing spoiler. Back to top

Consumer Reviews


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2011 Subaru Impreza Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Impreza 2.5i

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Impreza 2.5i

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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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.

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