The new Impreza is better than the old one, but where’s the funk and fun?
2nd Opinion – Beamesderfer
In those dark days before the WRX came to these shores, there was a bright light in the Subaru lineup: the 2.5 RS. Its single-cam motor was nice and torquey and the Rally Sport suspension gave it crisp handling. The RS was sold along side the WRX for a few years, but alas it has been dropped. Now, the 2.5i is not billed as a replacement. But somewhere in the intervening years since I drove a 2.5RS and the 2.5i, all the torque has been sucked out. Not only that, but the engine runs out of juice well before redline, requiring a downshift or two to pass.