New Subaru Wagons Ratings
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2003 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: Turbo Power!!!
Cons: It's a little hard to get in and out of.
Advice: Go for the manual transmission!Power, Power, Power...and it handles like a cat. I can't imagine owning anything else
2003 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport - (M5)
Pros: All wheel drive makes the car feel glued to the road.
Cons: Automatic transmission really saps the power.
Advice: Get the manual - it's a blast to drive.Friends and family insisted that Subarus were very poor cars. They couldn't be more wrong. The Outback Sport (Impreza Outback) is not only affordable, it's got all-wheel drive, a peppy 165 horsepower, standard air, standard CD-player and it's an absolute blast to drive! Be sure to get a manual, though, as the automatic feels much weaker for some reason. Since I'm a big guy I needed the extra head and leg room offered by the Outback model, and it's very comfortable. After test driving the manual Impreza Outback, I was sold.
2003 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon
Pros: All Wheel Drive
Cons: Emergency brake recall.
Advice: Test drive one in the snow. You'll be hooked.The H6-3.0 engine is responsive and the vehicle handles extremely well in the snow. My other car is a 3 year old Mercedes E320 and I find myself gravitating to the Subaru. The seats are heated, comfortable, excellent lumbar support and certainly as good as my Benz. The upgraded indash CD system is very good. (Not as good as the Benz, but still very good,) The finish of the Subaru is outstanding. It is a well built and solid vehicle. It rides exceptionally well for a sports wagen.
2003 Subaru Legacy - L w/Special Edition Package (M5) Sedan
Pros: Fun to drive in any condition
Cons: seat comfort
Advice: buy it for lifeBest car for the money
2003 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: power and front seats
Cons: stereo only 80 watts
Advice: get itabsolute worth it.great performance.i like the goofy look.most people don't expect the quickness of the 'little subaru',so that makes it even more fun.i had a mitsubishi eclipse gs before .forget about it.run to get one.
2003 Subaru Outback - Base (M5) Wagon
Pros: Well built unit
Cons: Seats and sound
Advice: Shop for autos with better seatsSubaru has always pinched on the seats and standard sound---I don't understand why they don't get it that the front seats are bearable, but not more than that. We had to upgrade the dinky cd/radio and speakers. Too bad! Finally, they could make the unit a little wider to add seat and leg room.
2003 Subaru Legacy - GT (M5) Sedan
Pros: Subarus excellent AWD system
Cons: Headroom could be better
Advice: Sporty alternative to SUV, inc. options=excellent valueI was seriously considering a 1999 Audi A6 until I came across the newly designed Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 Sedan. Low and behold, I ended up with a sporty, brand new AWD sedan for less than I would have paid for an almost 4 year old Audi. The Audi is a lovely car with a superb interior,(best around in my opinion) but the absolute worst designed cupholders imaginable (tiny, pop out plastic things located OVER the radio!) and a poor reliability record for the '99 model I could afford. The Legacy model in previous years has boasted an excellent reliability rating as well as safety rating and should continue to do so in this model. Fun to drive,excellent visibility, good handling, terrific braking and a fabulous array of standard features sealed the deal for me. My Legacy GT has a nice leather interior w/ 8 way power drivers seat, dual front & side airbags, ABS, heated front seats, power moonroof, nice radio w/ 6 disc in dash CD player & weatherband (nifty feature!), heated side mirrors and much, much more. The dealer gave me an excellent price, I paid just over $24,000 for this loaded AWD sedan-the Audi was more $ with 40,000+ miles!I even ended up with the color I wanted-a beautiful metallic silver with a dark grey leather interior. All in all a LOT of car for the money in an attractive package that is truly fun to drive,with very responsive handling and braking. It could have better pick up when accelerating but it is more than adequate-a 6 cylinder would be terrific, though. My husband at 6'1' found the interior height a bit cramped. There is a surprising amount of room in the back seat, I have 12 & 14 year old boys and they are comfortable back there. Gas mileage is good as well-around 21/27-much better than most larger SUV types. If you are in the market for an AWD vehicle and want value for your dollar in a sporty package the Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 is definitely worth a look.