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Old 02-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default Very heavy load in a CVT equipped Impreza

My dad is planning on getting an Impreza for his next work car. He wants an AWD car because he has a long hill of a driveway that can be challenging in the winter.

In his work car he carries a lot of tools and parts; the backseat and trunk will be absolutely full. He's been using Saturns for years, and they tend to sit with the back end way down. Anyway I'm just wondering if this is anything to be concerned about with the CVT?

I don't have an Impreza yet, but I've read here that the manuals advise against towing. Would this be because of the jerking back and forth that pulling a trailer can give? Or would simply hauling an unusually heavy load inside the car be an issue?
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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Check the GVWRs. I would be more concerned about filling the back seats with heavy metal things and what happens to them in the event of a collision.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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Just how many lbs are we talking here I would say an outback or forester or crosstrek might be the way to go for more clearance back of the impreza looks lower in the back than front If your dad has a lot of gear an outback or fozzy tricked out with tool storage containers may be the way to go
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #4
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A bigger vehicle would certainly make more sense, but he won't do it. He'll get a sedan no matter what, just like he always has.

That's a good point about the dangers of all that weight in the event of a collision. I suppose it's no worse with the Impreza though than it has been all these years in the Saturns.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:24 PM   #5
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He should get the hatchback over the sedan more room to throw **** in
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:44 AM   #6
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Hatchback rocks for storing stuff! Well worth the miniature investment (500).
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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Sounds like your dad needs a light truck, but the Impreza 2.0 really lack of torque, esp on hilly area, you can really feel the lack for power when going up hill even at 30mph. For your dad, get a more powerful forester or outback. Impreza hatch back has plenty of room, but the limited power isn't suitable as a "work car". it's more a daily commuter kind of car.

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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Sounds like your dad need a light truck, but the Impreza really lack of torque, esp on hilly area, you can feel the lack of limited torque and horse power. Get a forester or outback. Impreza is more a daily commute kind of car.
I would agree with this.

Last week I brought some of my co-workers out to lunch. I had five people in the car, including me. Furthermore, three out of the five people are significantly obese (I'm not one of them, at 155 lbs).

If I was to make a guess of the gross weight (pun intended) of the five humans in my car, I would say approximately 1100 to 1200 pounds.

My car was riding low. Furthermore, it significantly lacked power. It handled the load, and could climb the small hills on the way to the restaurant, but it was clearly working much harder than normal.

I don't even want to know what my fuel economy was with that much weight in the car, and with a cold engine, on a cold day.

If this was a typical load, the Impreza would be a bad choice. Luckily, I've never carried that much weight in the car before, and I hope to never have to do it again. A larger 6-cylinder car would have been a better choice for that trip. But, in a pinch, the Impreza got the job done, as usual.
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I would agree with this.

Last week I brought some of my co-workers out to lunch. I had five people in the car, including me. Furthermore, three out of the five people are significantly obese (I'm not one of them, at 155 lbs).

If I was to make a guess of the gross weight (pun intended) of the five humans in my car, I would say approximately 1100 to 1200 pounds.

My car was riding low. Furthermore, it significantly lacked power. It handled the load, and could climb the small hills on the way to the restaurant, but it was clearly working much harder than normal.

I don't even want to know what my fuel economy was with that much weight in the car, and with a cold engine, on a cold day.

If this was a typical load, the Impreza would be a bad choice. Luckily, I've never carried that much weight in the car before, and I hope to never have to do it again. A larger 6-cylinder car would have been a better choice for that trip. But, in a pinch, the Impreza got the job done, as usual.
Absolutely correct. the 2.0 engine can barely handle the hilly. Mostly I drive alone, when i come to a big hill on a highway, I can barely keep the car at 60mph. I need to pull to the right lane and let the other cars pass. Never an issue when I had my old 99 camry with a 2.2 liter engine. And did i mention it was loud, esp on a cold winter start up.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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Absolutely correct. the 2.0 engine can barely handle the hilly. Mostly I drive alone, when i come to a big hill on a highway, I can barely keep the car at 60mph. I need to pull to the right lane and let the other cars pass. Never an issue when I had my old 99 camry with a 2.2 liter engine. And did i mention it was loud, esp on a cold winter start up.
Try downshifting with the paddles, in a 5 speed it can climb any hill at speed (certainly at 60mph+), but it needs a lower gear. It falls flat in 5th.
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My wifes cvt pulls hills well enough. I think the cvt makes good use of the 2.0s power as long as the car isn't overloaded.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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With four passengers and the trunk full of luggage, I was scraping even the smallest of speed bumps, but had no problems maintaining highway speeds on serious inclines (such as the Cajon Pass on I-15).
So, in my opinion, you will be more limited by the suspension rather than the power plant.

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #13
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Try downshifting with the paddles, in a 5 speed it can climb any hill at speed (certainly at 60mph+), but it needs a lower gear. It falls flat in 5th.
Or possibly even 4th, which is also an overdrive gear. I often reach for 3rd gear when I need power. In 3rd gear, the Impreza with a manual tranny doesn't redline until something like 80 MPH.
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