you are trying to compare apples to bananas here. completely different vehicles in terms of EVERYTHING. the Impreza is "under powered" compared to say the WRX, but it moves pretty well in my opinion for what it is. it isn't a rocket ship, but it isn't slow as snails either. you will get many different opinions on this, but my advice, go drive BOTH of them for yourself, then decide which fits you better. don't make a multi thousand dollar mistake based on forum opinions.Anyone able to compare Impreza5 with Outback in terms of ride comfort, handling. I am interested in the Impreza5 but read many articles on it being under powered. Is this a constant factor for you that drive them?
You have clearly never rode with me >My wife has Outback... I have Impreza5. She chose the OB because she prefers the ride-height which makes getting in/out of the vehicle easier for her.
Personally, I prefer my Impreza because the MPG averages over 35 and it has a nice ride compared to the Baja I traded for it.
I find the Outback too large for a commuter-car and the MPG averages under 30MPG.
As for POWER, I traded in a TURBOCHARGED Baja for my Impreza5. The Impreza certainly does not have the head-snapping acceleration of the Baja... but I would not call it 'underpowered'. I have purposly used FULL THROTTLE acceleration many times and it is certainly adequate for a daily-driver.
As a comparison, I drove my buddies truck with a 318ci V8 engine and it was certainly slower to accelerate than my Impreza. I find it interesting that some reviewers find the Impreza to be 'underpowered'... For cripes sake... it is an entry level small economy car.
I have said this before in other threads -- " Anyone who does not choose the Impreza based on perceived 'underpower' is making a mistake." Noone uses full-throttle acceleration often enough during daily-driving to miss a couple horsepower.
I did a spirited stomp to almost the floor, car shifted down a couple gears and pulled a 6k shift back up 2 gears, can't say the car is a slouch. I think it has plenty of power for what it is. I also want the 30+ mpg as I drive 100 mi/day 6d/wk for work, plus extra stuff. I like it especially the EyeSite!!I don't believe I have ever put my "foot to the floor" in my Impreza, close but not all the way.
Disagree with considerably quiet. All products that ride on the new SGP are a lot more refined . Less shake and roll. The 18 OB while nice is outdated. I have a new Ascent and new ImprezaWe have an '18 Outback Touring 3.6R and the Impreza. Outback is considerably quieter in every way, particularly on the highway. The '18+ redo on the Outback significantly hushed the interior and wind noise is almost non existent under ~90mph. Road noise is also very hushed unless you're on a grooved or odd textured road. I won't even mention engine noise or acceleration because I'm guessing most folks cross-shopping the OB and Impreza are only looking at 4cyls. My daughter is driving the Impreza and she's satisfied with the power but she's a very passive driver. She originally was driving a much more powerful car but was a bit intimidated by it.
The OB also rides much softer but handling is not as nice as the Impreza. This is even worse for the '18 Outback because they re-tuned the suspension for a softer/quieter ride. The lower height, tighter steering, lighter curb weight, and stiffer suspension contribute to a much more "put together" feel. Another 30hp and nobody would say a word about it feeling under powered for the class of car it is.
As soon as I cleared the 1,000 mile break in ( 1,002 exactly ), I floored it and took it up to 100. It only started to get "floaty" at 100. You can watch Youtube vids of people taking it up to top speed which is around 120mph. The car has a blower whine sound when fully stomped.I did a spirited stomp to almost the floor, car shifted down a couple gears and pulled a 6k shift back up 2 gears, can't say the car is a slouch. I think it has plenty of power for what it is. I also want the 30+ mpg as I drive 100 mi/day 6d/wk for work, plus extra stuff. I like it especially the EyeSite!!
Disagree with considerably quiet. All products that ride on the new SGP are a lot more refined . Less shake and roll. The 18 OB while nice is outdated. I have a new Ascent and new Impreza