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To give perspective to this waiting-room sharing of ailments, I think it would be nice to have a thread where we can express things that please us... things that stand out as better-than in other cars we've had, in which they were a common source of dissatisfaction for owners, or simply aspects of them we wished were different.

I'll start - my Impreza's seats are near the top of my list of things I especially like about my new Impreza.

My last Subie was universally bashed for its seats... with some even getting rid of the vehicle specifically because they could not tolerate the seats. They cited every reason seemingly possible. On only one section of its forum there is a 30 page thread nearing 600 posts... and that's only one of many threads and disparate sources. I got used to them. They were just one-more of the same these days. Until I got the Imp.

The first time I got in my new Impreza I liked the way the seat fit me..

Then it passed from conscious thought. I don't think about the seat anymore.... becoming just one more part of a car that fits me in many ways. Few cars have been that way. This is the first car in a long time that is heading in that direction. NO dislikes with very few things that make sense to change.



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There's a pretty long list of things I like about this car. It's like saying pick a crayon out of a box of 64. it's a good looking car, the manual trans is a nice setup, the car handles well, the AWD is fun, there's great aftermarket support, it's relatively simple to work on, and there's a good forum dedicated to this car model.
 

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I roast coffee and sell green (unroasted) coffee as my trade/craft. I like that I can throw 700lbs. of coffee in my Sport - two sacks in the passenger front seat, 3 sacks in the back - and it still drives great. It's odd that the power seems underwhelming when I'm alone in the car but is still totally adequate when fully loaded; it never complains, it just goes.

I too really like the seats. And the handling. And I really really like the WRX shifter they put in the Sport.
 

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I like the small footprint. I can tuck this car into small places that most cars would not even fit. Good handling with a suspension that was tuned for comfort. Low dash and big windshield give a great view
 

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I like the handling being quick requiring little effort. Lots of potholes around here. Light touch for braking. Visibility out the rear window after an SUV that didn't show much out back. Parking is a breeze. Comfortable.
 

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From the first I liked how the Impreza looked up close. After buying it and having time to look at it at home these things stand out as why.


First - The front view looks like my most loved Subie, my '05 LGT. It's not the color, it's the design...only refined. It swaps the LGT's (deserved) aggressive hood scoop and larger lower grill opening for the same beautiful design, only more artfully done. The '05 LGT was Subaru's most beautiful design, to me and many.

Next - The wheels are centered in the wheel opening. I've adjusted coilovers, tires, etc. dozens of times to get that look. The Gen5's tire-to-wheel opening is perfect just the way it comes.

Helping the wheels - The stock tires fit the Imp's looks. The aspect ratio gives me 2.75" of low-profile sidewall and looks perfect on the car's 17" wheels while providing handling, comfort, and protection.

Finishing the looks - The stock hidden exhaust is without doubt a mark of the design team's attention to detail. There are few things more ricey or wannabe to me than a vehicle with a chrome exhaust tip on prominent display, promising what it doesn't have to give.


Some cars are just utilitarian people movers... regardless of their qualities otherwise. Sad to say, my FXTT was that. It deserved a better mate than me. Not this car though. Beauty that she is, I've already touched her and made her mine.
 

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This one may be out of left field, but I like the resistance in the gas pedal. When driving our van or the wife's corolla, and I have to keep the gas at a certain level in flowing traffic, my foot/calf starts to strain. There is enough push-back in our accelerator that I can just rest my foot at the prescribed angle. Maybe I just have fat feet...
 

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Has anybody heard of the 2020 model whether it will be getting a little more power for its last 2 years?
 

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No. And I do't want to hear it. I don't care.

Having a lifelong need for power, and more power, I dismissed the Impreza for many years because it had no power as far as I was comcerned. Totally threw it under the bus.

Then I becan to take notice of what people I respected who had been driving one to Alaska and cross country many times over the years since the Gen5 came out... who loved it, who had also come from WRXs and STis and cars with power. I listened.

The Impreza's other qualities intrigued me, too. A lot. But still I wan't interested. Then I went to a dealership to get info on the new Legacy XT... MY kind of car. And there sat a beautiful white car in the showroom and I started looking at it. I'd never seen a new Impreza upclose before, and I was suddenly in lust. I took it home when I left.

I've been testing the car since.... here in the hilliest, curveist, best place in America for bikes and cars to enjoy their machines' handling and ride. And also how its ability to handle mountains fits into all the other.

The Gen5 Impreza doesn't need more power to satisfy my needs. My last car had more than a hundred hoursepower more... but I rarely used it. Didn't need to. The car before that had more than three times this Impreza's horselpower. Couldn't use it.

Not only is my new Impreza's power good enough, it's not even been a question in my mind since the first two days when I put that puppy to rest.
 

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This one may be out of left field, but I like the resistance in the gas pedal. When driving our van or the wife's corolla, and I have to keep the gas at a certain level in flowing traffic, my foot/calf starts to strain. There is enough push-back in our accelerator that I can just rest my foot at the prescribed angle. Maybe I just have fat feet...
After reading this last evening I wondered... why did I miss that, and determined to find out asap. So this morning I had to go out early anyway... and you're absolutely correct!

In the short while I've had my Imp I've noticed lots of things I like that are different. Then they all began to lose their individual identities to become... a car like I haven't had in a very long time. One that fits me so well, in so many ways, that it feels like I've been driving it forever.

And you're right about other cars' pedals. Their too-easy-to-moveness has been something I've had to work around forever it seems, adjusting the seat and myself to keep my foot and leg comfortable. This one reminds me of cars from my earlier years, with throttle cables and springs you could adjust just right. It was some of those earlier cars that set standards I felt lost forever. No more.

Thank you for adding to my list.
 

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I think I can summarize most of the posts in this thread into one word: ergonomics. It just feels right.
And they SOUND right, too (stock audio system excepted, exhaust/muffler debated). I remember hearing the saleslady slam the door before my test drive, and it sounded solid. The gentle 'ping' from the car to let you know something is amiss, instead of the harsh chirping most cars do.
 

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To give perspective to this waiting-room sharing of ailments, I think it would be nice to have a thread where we can express things that please us... things that stand out as better-than in other cars we've had, in which they were a common source of dissatisfaction for owners, or simply aspects of them we wished were different.

I'll start - my Impreza's seats are near the top of my list of things I especially like about my new Impreza.

My last Subie was universally bashed for its seats... with some even getting rid of the vehicle specifically because they could not tolerate the seats. They cited every reason seemingly possible. On only one section of its forum there is a 30 page thread nearing 600 posts... and that's only one of many threads and disparate sources. I got used to them. They were just one-more of the same these days. Until I got the Imp.

The first time I got in my new Impreza I liked the way the seat fit me..

Then it passed from conscious thought. I don't think about the seat anymore.... becoming just one more part of a car that fits me in many ways. Few cars have been that way. This is the first car in a long time that is heading in that direction. NO dislikes with very few things that make sense to change.



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I love my impreza. I love the way it handles corners and how reliable the car is. I love it when i floor it, i gap civics and cop cars on a rolling 40. (Lmao jk) but yeah i smoke civics and acuras. I tried racing a M3 in heavy traffic but you know...
 

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I love my impreza. I love the way it handles corners and how reliable the car is. I love it when i floor it, i gap civics and cop cars on a rolling 40. (Lmao jk) but yeah i smoke civics and acuras. I tried racing a M3 in heavy traffic but you know...
I also wanna slap on a fat turbo on it with 8 psi to get up to 450WHP
 

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When you buy a new car every 20 years there is a lot to like. A few high points.

The size. I moved from a Legacy L wagon to an Impreza hatchback. So much nicer having a shorter car. And I could still carry everything when I drove my son home from college.

Adaptive cruise control. My main drive is every Saturday. 60 miles, mostly on highway and rural routes. Being able to adjust speed 1 mile or 5 miles at a time is great. The car slowing down automatically and then resuming speed (*though often it is better for me to control breaking if it is a quick slowdown). Being able to set 3 car lengths between myself and the car ahead of me. I feel much safer when driving.

The seats. Very comfortable.

CarPlay. I appreciate it is standard.

Acceleration. Don’t laugh, it is so much better than my 1998 Legacy L. I’m not racing anyone. It has been real good on merging and when I need to accelerate uphill. The Civic would have been nicer in this regard but also more expensive.

Value. I got my Impreza for under $21,000 including taxes, registration, fees, etc. I feel that I get a lot for the money.

The feel of driving. I’ve drove a few Nissans both before buying the car and shortly after buying it due to travel and a week in body shop after someone dented a door. I felt too high in the Nissans and too isolated from he road. I really missed adaptive cruise control (those one had blind side detection and it was nice). I was happy to get back in my Impreza.
 

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Carplay for the podcasts, MPG, interior room, brakes, and sporty turn-in.

Also with a fumoto valve installed, I can do an oil/filter and rotate tires in under an hour in the driveway. The acceleration feels better than my old 2011 2.5 outback but not as smooth.
 

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Fuel economy, sticker price, seats, headroom, AWD, Carplay

This is the first brand-new car I've purchased since 1996. I've always been a buy-used and drive it 'til 200k and then sell it guy. With the 0% financing and lifetime powertrain warranty my dealer offered, I couldn't pass up buying my Premium brand new. Paid just under $21k, and I'm saving $144/mo on gas vs. my last vehicle. Living in CO and having a longer commute, I've always wanted/needed 4wd/AWD so this was perfect.

On top of all of that, I'm 6'7" tall and still have plenty of headroom and the seats are comfy.

All in all, super happy with my Impreza.
 

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So after owning my Impreza for about a month now I figured I'd chime in with some of the things I really like.

The overall driving experience - This car is just so fun to drive, more specifically on twisting, windy roads. Yesterday I look her on a 40ish mile joy ride through sweeping country roads just because I can't get enough. It's a blast throwing it into a curve and powering out with the AWD system. The Impreza makes driving fun for me again.

The interior - While it may not be the best I absolutely love the look. The black interior with red stitching just pops! I think the faux carbon fiber adds a sporty touch and the red accents on the gauges and buttons looks beautiful at night for sure. The seats are very comfortable to boot.

Screen above Infotainment - The screen above the infotainment screen is pretty handy, especially the screen which allows to customize some settings. Its cool to me to be able to see my throttle percentage.

The body - Lastly the styling and lines make the Impreza body look very sleek with a tough of aggressiveness here and there. I really think Subaru hit it out of the park with this car.

Maybe all this is the fact that this is my first new car in years, maybe not. I looked at a lot of cars before I purchased this one but the Impreza just spoke to me. As time goes om I'm sure I'll find more nuance things I love and likely some things I don't. I basically wanted to give everyone my impressions so far.
 

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This one may be out of left field, but I like the resistance in the gas pedal. When driving our van or the wife's corolla, and I have to keep the gas at a certain level in flowing traffic, my foot/calf starts to strain. There is enough push-back in our accelerator that I can just rest my foot at the prescribed angle. Maybe I just have fat feet...
Hi there, new Impreza owner.

After driving all sorts of vehicles, I have finally found a vehicle that really fits me. Not just in regards to personal comfort, but in style, performance, and reliability.

First off, I’m 6’1’’, and it’s hard to find a vehicle that really truly “fits” me. Most of the time, I feel cramped and overwhelmed by ANY smaller car’s interior. This is not the case with my Impreza.

2nd, I am VERY particular about not just specs, but how a car “feels” when it drives. Every car has a unique feel. I never fit comfortably in my (previously) favorite car, but the way the drive felt made it so worth it. Some people just love to be on the road, and I am one of those people.

IRT the gas pedal, my first 3 series bimmer I owned (1989 325i) had one with actual resistance, almost to the point that it felt odd. But I LOVED it. It was “heavy,” to the point that I felt comfortable holding my foot there for hours without issue. My new Impreza does just that, but with a more smooth feeling. I’m in love. I have sciatica and even in fancy newer cars, I have tremendous difficulty in my right leg/foot after more than 2 hours in a car because of how my foot must be positioned to drive the car (as well as the positioning of the seat and steering wheel). In my new Impreza (which I’ve recently long distance tested) the seats, driving position, and gas petal resistance equate to a perfect driving experience WRT comfortability. And FYI, you don’t just have fat feet. I have skinny size 11’s, and the gas pedal is quite literally perfect.

I haven’t even tapped the 1000 mile mark yet, so I haven’t had the luxury of testing the engine of my Impreza fully. But even from the “break in” driving I can say that I have more than enough power. It’s no dragster, but it’s modest enough to do what I need, and most of what I want.

And don’t get me started about the looks. Even in the base level trim (I have the 5dr), this car is incredibly handsome. Even my wife, who absolutely fought me every step of the way to get it (she wanted me to get a Nissan Rogue.......), has admitted that it’s beautiful.

I could go on. Simply put: the Impreza has exceeded all of my expectations thus far. I look forward to years of driving and loving this car!
 
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