2011 Subaru
Impreza 2.5i
vs. 2011 Subaru
Legacy 2.5i

2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i

10.0

starting from

$18,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza 2.5i

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Good cornering ability
0.93 g
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Comparable turning radius
34.8 ft
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OK performance
18.1 lb/hp
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Average city fuel efficiency
20 mpg
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

10.0

starting from

$20,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Legacy 2.5i

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Spacious back seats
46.0 ft3
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Average range on the highway
500 miles
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Average number of gears
6
Road Tests 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Winner: Impreza 2.5i
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  • The Impreza 2.5i can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.93 g vs 0.82 g
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Road Tests

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Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Subaru
Impreza 2.5i
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 9.8 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 125 ft The Legacy 2.5i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Impreza 2.5i is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.1 s @ 83 mph vs 17.5 s @ 81 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.93 g The Impreza 2.5i has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Legacy 2.5i
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Top speed 150 mph vs 144 mph The Legacy 2.5i can hit high speeds, but the Impreza 2.5i cannot

Cost

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Legacy 2.5i
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Impreza 2.5i
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MSRP $20,720 vs $18,220 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Legacy 2.5i
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Impreza 2.5i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Safety Features

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Legacy 2.5i
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Impreza 2.5i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Legacy 2.5i
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Impreza 2.5i
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Legacy 2.5i is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Impreza 2.5i
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Legacy 2.5i
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Impreza 2.5i
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.2 lb/hp vs 18.1 lb/hp The Impreza 2.5i has OK performance while the Legacy 2.5i gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Legacy 2.5i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 456 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 11.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.5 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Unknown
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Legacy 2.5i
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Impreza 2.5i
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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