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2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport

$6,279 — $14,443 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Well-executed AWD system
  • Decent to exhilarating power
  • Ride quality
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Handling
  • Good sight lines

The Bad

  • 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)

What to Know

about the 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
  • Plethora of regular or turbocharged variants
  • Standard AWD
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Standard stability system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

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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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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 fea...

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Subaru is a superb car brand.

by Abhi from Dallas on August 20, 2018

This is a very good car and you cannot go wrong buying a subaru. They hold value of the car and are fun to drive. The cars are also comfortable and have very low maintenance. Read full review

(5.0)

One of the most reliable cars I had

by rena69 from Issaquah, WA on June 18, 2018

I was the only owner and took good care of the car. Love the looks and feel. I used it for long trips, for every day commute and I knew that I can relay on it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • 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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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 Outback Sport received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

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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