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Excellent all-weather all-wheel-drive system; strong performance on a budget; capable handling and good ride comfort; standard Bluetooth connectivity; choice of sedan or hatch; good cargo space
For 2011, the Subaru Impreza GT, which paired a turbocharged engine and automatic transmission, has been discontinued. A new standard audio system--featuring a single-disc CD player, auxiliary input, USB port, integrated Bluetooth hands-free, iPod controls and satellite radio capability--debuts across the model line. Also, a new touch-screen TomTom navigation system is optional on the 2.5i Premium, and a new Outback Sport Special Edition model pairs the navigation system with a moonroof. A backup camera system is a new option. On the performance-oriented WRX and WRX STI models, there are a host of additional features. Most notably, they get a wider track, stiffer suspension tuning, larger wheels and tires and, for the STI, thicker stabilizer bars and a new bushing design in front. Both performance models also get a slightly different front and rear air dams, with the STI receiving chrome exhaust tips. Steering-wheel audio controls and an auto up/down driver's window are also made standard, the instrument display gets a new look, leather upholstery is offered on the Limited models and the power moonroof is now standard on Premium and Limited models of the WRX and STI. The top-of-the-range STI finally gets some additional premium features as well, including heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer, altogether in an All-Weather Package.