NEW FOR 2010:

– Base WRX adds standard 265-horsepower engine, new suspension tuning, rally sport-style front seats and P225/45R17 91W Dunlop SP Sport 01 summer performance tires; optional media hub with iPod and USB integration and leather seating surfaces
– New 2.5i Limited Package

For 2010, the WRX receives the bulk of the Impreza lineup’s changes. Previously available with a choice of two engines, the WRX now comes solely with the more powerful, 265-horsepower version previously used on the WRX265 model that was introduced for 2009, rather than the available 224-horsepower version. It also receives new sport tuning and summer performance tires, along with rally-style front seats. The 2.5i also adds a Limited Package which includes leather rally-style seats, automatic climate control and media hub.

The Impreza covers a very broad range of vehicles. In four-door configuration, the model is available as the 2.5i, with 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and as the WRX, with turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-litre four-cylinder and five-speed manual. In four-door hatchback configuration, it comes as the 2.5i, as the WRX, and as the WRX STI, with high-pressure turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. All are all-wheel drive, with a multi-mode driver-controlled centre differential on the WRX STI.

Trim levels are the 2.5i, 2.5i Sport Package and 2.5i Limited Package; the WRX and WRX Limited; and the WRX STI and Sport-Tech Package.

Features on the 2.5i include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, CD/MP3/WMA stereo with auxiliary input, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, vanity mirrors, power windows with driver’s auto-down, heated mirrors, auto-off headlamps, variable intermittent wipers, anti-theft alarm, floor mats, cloth seats, six-way manual driver’s seat, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The hatchback adds cargo hooks, roofline spoiler and fixed intermittent rear wiper.

The 2.5i Sport Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, premium six-CD/MP3/WMA stereo, Sirius satellite radio, stainless steel exhaust tips, fog lamps, power sunroof, ground effects, rear spoiler, windshield wiper de-icer, heated seats, and leather-wrapped wheel with audio controls.

The 2.5i Limited Package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, iPod and USB integration, and leather rally-style seats.

The WRX builds on the 2.5i and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, larger brakes, sport-tuned suspension, rear stabilizer bar, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, hood scoop, electroluminescent gauges, cloth rally-style seats, fixed rear seat with folding centre armrest, stereo auxiliary input, aluminum sport pedals, and leather-wrapped wheel.

The WRX Limited adds premium six-CD/MP3/WMA stereo, Sirius satellite radio, iPod and USB integration, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lights, power sunroof, and leather seats.

The WRX STI builds on the WRX and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Brembo high-performance brakes, STI performance-tuned suspension, selectable SI-drive, cargo cover, premium six-CD/MP3/WMA stereo with auxiliary input, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, xenon headlamps with manual level, heated leather and Alcantara seats, and STI three-spoke wheel.

The WRX STI Sport Tech package adds auxiliary input for audio/visual source, wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, navigation system, touch-screen monitoring system, Sirius satellite radio, and power sunroof.

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