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Posted Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:17am

15 Things You Forgot About The Subaru Impreza

15 Things You Forgot About The Subaru Impreza

The Impreza is, in large part, responsible for the boom in younger people in the early 2000s getting into JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) cars. It was the first highly desired JDM car to be sold here and it caused other manufacturers like Mitsubishi to follow suit and start offering similarly equipped vehicles.

Since those early days, the Impreza has spawned almost nothing but excellent editions that allow you to enjoy speed and handling at a lower price than its competition. There’s a great chance that little things may have slipped your mind about the Impreza though and as a WRX owner, I can tell you that I’ve personally forgotten more about my car than I remember.

Let’s take a look at 15 things about the Impreza that you’ve probably forgotten or maybe, never even knew to begin with.

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Posted Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 10:54pm

What made the Subaru Impreza WRX 22B so iconic

1998 Subaru Impreza WRX 22B-STi Version side

The Subaru Impreza peaked early. The nameplate enjoys a 28-year heritage, but reached its zenith a mere six years into its life cycle with the iconic WRX STi 22B.

Subaru has built quicker models since but none has ever been so perfectly redolent of a moment as this slice of box-arch exotica. A celebration of the company’s third rally world championship in a row, the 22B was, by any conventional product planning logic, a bit of a self-indulgence, with a production run that extended to a mere 400 official cars. There was a longstanding myth that there was no unlucky #13, but that car is owned by Subaru America.

All 22Bs were built between March and April 1998. When Subaru opened the taps on orders, they didn’t stay open long. Within hours, the entire allocation was spoken for. To give you an idea of how badly people wanted the cars, the UK received a quota of 16 cars, and by the time Prodrive had converted the speedometers to miles per hour, fitted a taller final-drive ratio and revised the headlights, 50 22Bs had been grey-imported from Japan. Australia received five cars, one of which was retained by the importer.

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Posted Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:09pm

5 things I learned driving the 2020 Subaru Forester — through a farmer’s back 40

  I recently had a refresher course in all things Subaru. And, just like their cars, the company does things a little different. So, instead of driving my 2020 Forester on some nice and dry, twisty roads in a completely controlled, almost hermetic experience, I spent the day beating it along some woody trails that would challenge a true SUV. This is what I found out. Read More… Read More →

Posted Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:40pm


It’s the middle of Betws-y-Coed late on a Wednesday morning of Rally GB week and Sebastien Ogier is waiting patiently in traffic. Curiously, the six-time World Rally champion is moving through this most beautiful of Welsh towns totally unmolested. Nobody’s given him or his motor a second glance. Let’s face it, in this rally friendly part of the world, there’s nothing enormously unusual about a bloke wearing a Citroen T-shirt… Read More →

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:12pm

2019 Subaru Forester Review

When it arrives this fall, the new Subaru Forester will be the best compact crossover on the market you can get. The familiar styling and other low-key specs hide the Foresters true form as one of the best products that Subaru or any of its competitors has put out in quite some time. It’s a culmination of a number of factors: a brand new 2.5-liter engine finds its home, a… Read More →

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