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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Compact Sedan and Wagon

New Car Review of the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Compact Sedan and Wagon

Description: Compact Sedan and Wagon
Base MSRP Range: $24,895 - $32,295
Invoice Price Range: $23,098 - $30,105
Where built: Japan

Subaru commemorates its trophy-collecting rally cars by producing sedan and wagon variations of Impreza WRX, a small package with wide track and independent suspension plus turbo-charging of a horizontally-opposed engine tied to a close-ratio manual transmission and AWD traction.

WRX sedan and wagon use a 2.0-liter dual-cam boxer four with turbo-charger pumping 227-hp. The top version STi varies from WRX with equipment added to boost performance and handling. Engine displacement increases to 2.5-liters and defines the most powerful four-pack in America, thanks to a turbo-charger and inter-cooler scoring awesome numbers to 300-hp.

All power channels through a close-ratio manual 6-speed transmission developed by Prodrive. Subaru's driver control center differential (DCCD) enables the STi driver to manually manage torque directed to front and rear wheels for performance handling. Further, the STi uses a limited-slip differential in front and back for additional tire traction.

All three WRX editions for 2005 gain aluminum lateral links on the rear suspension, with STi rolling on 17-inch BBS alloys.