Just as we may mentally group people into categories, many of us make equivalent assessments and evaluations about new cars. We might equate a sexy sports car as the equivalent of some voluptuous woman or a hot guy. A technically sophisticated car might remind you of a highly educated individual. A good dependable car could be like someone with a good personality. An exceptionally athletic person might conjure thoughts of a muscle car or a rugged SUV.
The 2015 Subaru Impreza Sport Limited we drove recently makes an interesting character study when we think of it this way. As a person, we saw our ?Subi? test car as an average height and looks, very intelligent with a good personality?the kind of person we might like as a friend. The ?Subi? is fit, but not much of a runner, he?s more into hiking and skiing.
A significant Subaru feature is that all their vehicles are AWD (all-wheel drive), with the exception of the BRZ sports car, which is rear-wheel drive. Fuel economy suffers a little with AWD, but we think that is far outweighed by the improved traction and handling characteristics derived from the AWD. It?s also the only car in its class to have AWD. The EPA lists the fuel economy at 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. We averaged 30.6 mpg during our week of mixed driving.
It took us a while to get used to the overly sensitive throttle on our test car ? it required a much gentler foot than we are used to. We also would have liked to see an available blind spot warning system as part of the safety package.