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Old 12-13-2020, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Anyone recently go from WRX to Impreza?

I have a 2010 WRX Hatch that I bought new and have had a blast with (rallyX, track days, nav rallies,...) but I think nearing end of life.

Anyway, I've been looking at 2021 Impreza Hatch, and wondering if anyone has made the WRX to Impreza switch recently'ish and how that worked out for them?

I bought the WRX when I turned 30, and now looking to buy Impreza as I turn 40 - thirty year old me had zero interest in Impreza, but I think 10 years was a blast and I don't feel any regrets stepping back a bit (plus looking forward to heated steering wheel ;p).

I've driven a friends 2019 Impreza, and still felt tight and response, EXCEPT when you tried to accelerate....but I haven't tracked or autocrossed or Nav rallied in over 3 years. I started saving in 2010 for a new WRX in 2020, so Impreza leaves me with spare $ too!

If there was a 2020 WRX Hatch I'd be on the fence to get it versus Impreza!
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Old 12-13-2020, 10:48 PM   #2
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I have a 2010 WRX Hatch that I bought new and have had a blast with (rallyX, track days, nav rallies,...) but I think nearing end of life.

Anyway, I've been looking at 2021 Impreza Hatch, and wondering if anyone has made the WRX to Impreza switch recently'ish and how that worked out for them?

I bought the WRX when I turned 30, and now looking to buy Impreza as I turn 40 - thirty year old me had zero interest in Impreza, but I think 10 years was a blast and I don't feel any regrets stepping back a bit (plus looking forward to heated steering wheel ;p).

I've driven a friends 2019 Impreza, and still felt tight and response, EXCEPT when you tried to accelerate....but I haven't tracked or autocrossed or Nav rallied in over 3 years. I started saving in 2010 for a new WRX in 2020, so Impreza leaves me with spare $ too!

If there was a 2020 WRX Hatch I'd be on the fence to get it versus Impreza!
I went from a 2011 wrx (now just weekend car) to a 2017 Impreza. It was good. I like it and the mileage was great. But I missed the speed so I bought the 2018 3.6r legacy ltd. I'm happy with the legacy now and drive the wrx when I miss the turbo.
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Old 12-13-2020, 11:21 PM   #3
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Had a Heavily modified 2002 WRX recently sold for a beater Miata...and a 2004 Legacy Daily.

Wife's current Daily 2019 Crosstrek

Temporarily had/tried/leased a base model 2019 Impreza base hatch manual. Hated this car only after driving it for a few weeks to get settled into it.
No rear sway bar, garbage tires, smaller brakes and 1st gear way too tall for steep hills.
Buddy had a 2019 Impreza Sport CVT - Much better with the Tires/Sway bars/Bigger Brakes and torque vectoring like the new WRX.

If you're considering an Impreza, Absolutely get the Sport Trim, otherwise, get a Crosstrek for the everyday livability and ground clearance. I live in a very mountainous area, lots of tight 1st gear corners when climbing hills CVT is great at low speeds. If I was back down east NC , long and flat roads would certainly go Manual.

Welcome to the 40 Club....Where's the Tylenol...
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Old 12-14-2020, 08:55 AM   #4
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Sort of. I owned an 08 LGT from new and an 07 WRX that my son drove. Went to a 13 Crosstrek limited for the wife and then a 19 Crosstrek premium 6MT for me. I've already done decades of track time and learned long ago to keep any speed antics on the track. Heck, my last speeding ticket was in February of 1987.

The Crosstrek and Impreza (I've driven many Imprezas, considering them) do not handle like a WRX. The suspension is totally different and you're not going to get the same feel. If you don't care (I really don't, my other vehicle is a lifted Jeep with big tires that I offroad in the summer and plow snow with in the winter), then go for it. It still handles fine. The low power can be rewarded with the savings of regular gas and higher MPG.
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Old 12-15-2020, 08:35 PM   #5
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Some interesting replies - glad to hear others with similar'ish moves.

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If you're considering an Impreza, Absolutely get the Sport Trim, otherwise, get a Crosstrek for the everyday livability and ground clearance. I live in a very mountainous area, lots of tight 1st gear corners when climbing hills CVT is great at low speeds. If I was back down east NC , long and flat roads would certainly go Manual.

Welcome to the 40 Club....Where's the Tylenol...
I'm in Canada where we have Convenience, Touring, and Sport, I suspect is same as US Base, Premium, and Sport. I'm at the Touring/Premium option which at least includes a sway bar - I had no idea the base has no sway bar, sacrilegious! I think going to sport just get's me larger diameter wheels and we have too many pot holes for 17-18" rims.

I toyed with Crosstrek but I have 93 Geo Tracker for my off-roading pleasure ;p

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Old 12-15-2020, 10:36 PM   #6
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Some interesting replies - glad to hear others with similar'ish moves.



I'm in Canada where we have Convenience, Touring, and Sport, I suspect is same as US Base, Premium, and Sport. I'm at the Touring/Premium option which at least includes a sway bar - I had no idea the base has no sway bar, sacrilegious! I think going to sport just get's me larger diameter wheels and we have too many pot holes for 17-18" rims.


Steve
Looking at the subaru.ca website and brochure viewer, only the SPORT-Tech package has the Active torque vectoring like the WRX. Pages 18-19 in the details.
https://subaru.ca/WebPage.aspx?WebSi...Type=Brochures

""Active Torque Vectoring works in tandem with VDC, applying braking power to the inside front wheel resulting in better handling, sharper turn-in, more neutral steering, and higher cornering limits while turning.""
More reading:
https://subarudrive.com/articles/sub...c-control-16-1

This makes a massive difference in how the Sport-Tech handles versus any other Impreza model when spiritedly driving. Crosstrek has this across all models, obvious trade off , Height/CG.

Aftermarket 16" Wheels will clear the bigger Sport-Tech 294mm (vs 277mm all other Impreza's) brakes , and standard size Crosstrek brakes ; as I've got 16" Sparcos on the wifes XV for winter studs.

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Old 12-16-2020, 10:59 PM   #7
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Looking at the subaru.ca website and brochure viewer, only the SPORT-Tech package has the Active torque vectoring like the WRX. Pages 18-19 in the details.
https://subaru.ca/WebPage.aspx?WebSi...Type=Brochures

""Active Torque Vectoring works in tandem with VDC, applying braking power to the inside front wheel resulting in better handling, sharper turn-in, more neutral steering, and higher cornering limits while turning.""
More reading:
https://subarudrive.com/articles/sub...c-control-16-1

This makes a massive difference in how the Sport-Tech handles versus any other Impreza model when spiritedly driving. Crosstrek has this across all models, obvious trade off , Height/CG.

Aftermarket 16" Wheels will clear the bigger Sport-Tech 294mm (vs 277mm all other Impreza's) brakes , and standard size Crosstrek brakes ; as I've got 16" Sparcos on the wifes XV for winter studs.
I don't think my 2010 WRX has torque vectoring, so I'm guessing vehicle dynamic control and traction control on 2021 impreza will be very similar to 2010 WRX?
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Old 12-17-2020, 01:39 PM   #8
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I don't think my 2010 WRX has torque vectoring, so I'm guessing vehicle dynamic control and traction control on 2021 impreza will be very similar to 2010 WRX?
Not exactly, it will definitely lean more to the “safe” rather than “fun” side of driving.
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Old 12-25-2020, 01:26 AM   #9
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I have 2013 spt limited (CVT) and it's been good for our family. I am thinking of doing the opposite and getting 2020 WRX this week. While the Impreza is go to practical ride - the lack of power has gotten boring for me. My oldest is 7 so lucky him in 10-11 he's getting a my old WRX
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