Impreza headlines excitement at Subaru
The Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI were redesigned and re-engineered for 2011, making them true performance cars that are fun to drive, fun to look at and even more fun to own.
“It’s a true performance car with street legal tires,” said John Wampler, the Internet manager at Grand Junction Subaru.
The WRX was given a wider body, which gives the vehicle a more aggressive look and a firm grip on the road. The 265 horsepower turbocharged engine, sport-tuned suspension, symmetrical all-wheel drive and vehicle dynamics control stability unit and traction control system are standard features.
The STI has also been given a slight makeover and has re-introduced the four-door body style, and owners will be happy with the wing mounted on the rear; not only does it look tough, it’s designed to generate greater downforce and more stable handling at high speeds. The wider body, flared fenders, new front grille and the three-inch quad exhaust tips all combine to give the car the feel of a race car, which was the intention behind the redesign.
“Availability is extremely limited,” said Wampler. “We received our first STI last month and have already sold it. The next two coming in are already pre-sold.”
The dealership has not had any of the WRX models on the showroom floor yet, but says that they generally arrive within six to eight weeks of ordering one.
One of Subaru’s most popular vehicles, the Forester, has been re-bored and stoked to deliver better fuel economy. Subaru hasn’t released any numbers yet on fuel efficiency, but the local dealer hopes to have both new vehicles and better information next month.
The Legacy was re-designed for 2010, to great demand and acclaim.
“We’ve been sold out forever,” Wampler said. “It was tough keeping them in stock.”
The sedan offers an incredible number of standard features, including all-wheel drive, vehicle dynamic control, stability enhancement system, a keyless entry system, six airbags and a digital trip computer.
“We can sell them as fast as they come in,” said Wampler. “It’s one of the best-selling sedans out there, and it’s the only all-wheel drive in that price range.”
Base price for the Legacy starts at $19,995.
The Outback has been another vehicle that’s been difficult for the dealership to keep in stock.
“We sell these like crazy,” Wampler said. “It’s a vehicle that has no problem selling itself.”
The 2011 Outback was ranked no. 1 for affordable full-size wagons, according to a ranking by U.S. News and World Report and offers both value and versatility. The roomy interior can accommodate a six-foot man in comfort and also has plenty of cargo space.
The standard all-wheel drive, Subaru Boxer engine, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system and the 8.7-inch ground clearance are just some of the features that have made this crossover SUV such a popular choice among Western Slope residents.