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What Changed

The Impreza line of compact cars is all-new for 2008. Impreza has grown by some four inches in wheelbase and overall length, which should improve the ride. The interior is more spacious with the biggest gains coming in shoulder room. Overall, the styling of the new models is more rounded, but the big news is the loss of the controversial grille from the front end. Powertrain options remain the same, with all model variants featuring a version of Subaru's horizontally opposed four-cylinder engines. The range topping WRX STI has moved from the sedan to the 5-door.

Comparison to Prior Model

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX 5d 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX 5d 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
Price Range ($) $24,850 - $34,995 $24,495 - $27,995
Length (in) 173.8 175.8
Wheelbase (in) 103.1 99.4
Width (in) 68.5 66.7
Height (in) 58.1 57.7
Track (in) 58.9 58.5
Exterior Volume (cu. ft.) 344.2 343.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3142-3395 3252-3347
Legroom Total (in.) 77.0 76.6
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 94.4 90.4
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 19.0 18.0
Driven Wheels
  • AWD
  • AWD
Engines
  • 2.5l H4 (224-bhp)
  • 2.5l H4 (305-bhp)
  • 2.5l H4 (224-bhp)
Transmissions A4, M5, M6 A4, M5
City MPG 17-20 20-21
Highway MPG 23-25 26-27
Combined MPG 20-22 23
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