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Pros: Powerful engine, AWD, foglights
Cons: squeeky windows... hot engine...
Advice: change those stock tires for better handlingVery powerful, turbo kicks in at about 3000rpm, thats where all the fun begins. very very smooth ride, excellent handling...
Pros: All Wheel Dirve
Cons: Back seat a tad small
Advice: If you want a compact versatile fun car, spend a few thousand more and get a subaruAll wheel drive, 165 hp engine, cool styling and 2 tone paint, securtity system, all power features, alloy rims, ABS, rugged suspension, and discs on all corners make this vehicle cool, fun, safe, and versatile. Tons of storage for a small wagon and the feeling inside is open and expansive due to a low cowl line and a relatively tall body style. Finally, subaru have a history of being reliable. Put all these things together and this is one great vehicle.
Pros: Thats a tied between the turbo and the all-wheel drive
Advice: Get the wrx manual transmission!!!!!!!!!!!I went to go take a look at the wrx model for my wife.Well.. I drove it (manual) and I fell in love with it.It feels like it grips the road and this thing can get up and go.I had a 2000 ford mustang gt with 4.10 gears and alot of go fast parts.I loved my mustang but within 4 days after driving the wrx.I traded the stang in for the wrx.I absolutely love this car.I truely impressive machine.I also liked the array of standard featues it came with.The all wheel drive and the turbo intercooled engine are the icing on the cake
Pros: Performance, Handling, Seats, engine sound
Cons: Gas mileage, no sunroof, cheap door sound
Advice: Get armrest extension and short-throw shifter, don't get carbon-fiber trimGreat car! Acceleration, handling, ergonomics. Wagon is even better than sedan (more space, the same performance, even better looks). After you learn to use the right gear, it's a rocket. In my opinion the best value overall for cars between $20K and $25K.
Pros: 2.0L Turbo with All Wheel Drive
Advice: Buy!I love it!
Pros: 6 cd changer
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: consider gas mileage, premium gasThere is a bit of turbo lag, once past 20 zooms to 80 in no time. From foot to pedal time, it's about 3 seconds until you feel turbo boost. Good handling, semi bad vision from rear spoiler
Pros: 4WD - A lot of snow last winter - Over 100 inches in CT
Cons: Very noisy engine at cold temperature
Advice: Lease it don't buy itOk car, very very noisy engine in the morning (cold engine - winter & summer) The problem goes away after 15 miles of driving. For sure I will have problem when time to resale the car. Using oil 10-30 instead of 5-30 (as recommeded by the manual) does reduce some noise level. Design problem (piston & lifter) I will think twice before buying another Subaru. My old Ford escort sounds better in the morning.