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2008 Subaru Impreza Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Subaru Impreza Sedan

The 2008 Subaru Impreza continues to stand out from the rest of the small-car crowd because it offers road-oriented all-wheel drive across the line, while the interior is more sophisticated and the ride is smoother. The WRX still ranks as one of the best performance bargains on the market.

What's new for 2008?

The Subaru Impreza, and its high-performance kin, the WRX, have been completely redesigned for 2008, with two new body styles, new styling, and a roomier, more refined interior. Both models ride on a wheelbase that's 3.7 inches longer for better ride quality and improved interior space. Also, for the first time, side-curtain air bags are standard across the line, and electronic stability control, called vehicle dynamics control in the Impreza, is available for the first time.

Model Strengths

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • roomy interior
  • comfortable ride
  • performance (WRX).

Model Review

Subaru's 2008 Impreza, denoted '2.5 i,' and its high-performance sibling, the WRX, are available as either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. The four-door sedan is about six inches longer than the hatchback, and the trunk can now hold three golf bags. On both models, the rear seats can be folded forward for more cargo capacity; on hatchbacks they fold forward for a flat loading floor.

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Flash Drive: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Source: MSN Autos

When you put 300-plus horsepower into a small, all-wheel-drive hatchback, it's no surprise you get a car with incredible performance. The surprise is that the STI is a great everyday car. Yes, the STI is at home on the track with its excellent handling and turbocharged engine, but most STI owners will likely spend more time on the street where they'll find a smooth ride, comfortable seats and room for four adults. The interior is considerably nicer than the previous generation, and the hatchback design provides easy access to the very useful cargo space. An excellent choice for someone looking for high performance in a car that can be driven every day. - Perry Stern

This car is a blast to drive. Not that the regular WRX is a boring car, but the STI has almost no turbo lag, the dual exhaust produces an amazing sound, and this rocket gets up to freeway speeds in the blink of an eye. The car simply wants to go, with the demonic exhaust note encouraging drivers to rev it up. In fact, with no traffic around it's hard to notice how fast the STI is actually traveling because 70 mph feels more like 45. The short-throw shifter allows smooth, quick gear changes, while the steering wheel feels heavier and sturdier than the WRX, telegraphing a feeling of powerful stability. - Johnny Pak

The STI is a raucous rocket. Subaru has definitely turned up the wick with 305 horsepower on tap, and lots of torque across a broad rev band. This car is so quick and fun to drive that I found myself squirting into little openings in traffic and using slight squeezes of the throttle to drive around lesser cars. The S-drive control makes it really interesting, toning down the power and throttle response to improve fuel economy but delivering full-punch with just a flick of the wrist. I was surprised by how much the throttle can be used to steer the STI in a corner, even under low cornering loads. I wasn't sure about the styling of the new Impreza 5-Door, but with the STI's fender flares, spoilers and 18-inch wheels, it really pulls together. - Mike Meredith

The latest-gen STI may look different from the outside, but from behind the wheel Subaru's AWD screamer is all WRX and better than ever. Grip, acceleration and the overall fun factor remain mind-bogglingly high, but now there's a welcome dose of civility to go with all that excitement. The ride's more refined, the interior materials are better (only just) and the NVH has been reduced a tad. Get out on an open road, however, and civility takes a backseat to rip-snorting performance. The new STI rails through corners with elevated levels of confidence and speed. Its engine and gearbox effortlessly complement the chassis, making quick work of any section of road that requires maximum point-to-point acceleration. Has the new STI gotten soft? Not at all. It remains one of the world's most intoxicating rides, but with this latest iteration it has quietly evolved into a more appealing everyday package. - Kim Wolfkill

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

84 months or 100,000 mile powertrain (whichever comes first) from original warranty start. Many upgrade options available.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Current model year or preceding 5 yrs/80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 152
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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