2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
vs. 2011 Subaru
Legacy 2.5GT

2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT

9.9

starting from

$32,120

Reasons to buy the Subaru Legacy 2.5GT

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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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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Power seats
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited

9.4

starting from

$29,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX Limited

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Ample cargo space
44.4 ft3
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Good cornering ability
0.93 g
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Has rear spoiler
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Comparable turning radius
35.4 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Winner: Legacy 2.5GT
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  • The Legacy 2.5GT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Legacy 2.5GT's satellite radio
  • The Legacy 2.5GT has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Winner: Legacy 2.5GT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Legacy 2.5GT's power seats; not available on the Impreza WRX Limited
Road Tests 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Winner: Impreza WRX Limited
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  • The Impreza WRX Limited can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.93 g vs 0.82 g
  • Almost the same, 14.0 s @ 98 mph vs 14.2 s @ 96 mph
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Winner: Impreza WRX Limited
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 18 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
  • Both provide sporty handling
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a good number of cupholders but the Legacy 2.5GT is particularly good
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Legacy 2.5GT has more speakers, but the Impreza WRX Limited has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Legacy 2.5GT's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Legacy 2.5GT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Legacy 2.5GT's power seats; not available on the Impreza WRX Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

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Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 5.3 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 125 ft The Legacy 2.5GT has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Impreza WRX Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.2 s @ 96 mph vs 14.0 s @ 98 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.93 g The Impreza WRX Limited has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Legacy 2.5GT
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Top speed 150 mph vs 144 mph The Legacy 2.5GT can hit high speeds, but the Impreza WRX Limited cannot

Cost

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Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
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MSRP $32,120 vs $29,720 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg The Impreza WRX Limited has OK city mileage, while the Legacy 2.5GT is very inefficient
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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

Safety Features

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Legacy 2.5GT
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Impreza WRX Limited
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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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

Performance

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Legacy 2.5GT
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Impreza WRX Limited
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Horsepower 265 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 265 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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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 Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 12.2 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Legacy 2.5GT is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Impreza WRX Limited
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

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Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Subaru
Impreza WRX Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 463 miles vs 422 miles The Legacy 2.5GT has OK highway range, but the Impreza WRX Limited is very limited
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3 The Impreza WRX Limited has lots of cargo room, and the Legacy 2.5GT is OK, too
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front seats 56.5 ft3 vs 54.2 ft3 The Legacy 2.5GT has roomy front seats and the Impreza WRX Limited is OK
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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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Legacy 2.5GT is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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