While Subaru's sporty WRX and STI models are well-known in performance circles, the Subaru Impreza on which they're based is sometimes overlooked by shoppers. But with standard all-wheel drive, good handling, a comfortable interior, and a great list of standard features, it sure shouldn't be.

The high-performance, rally-influenced WRX and STI models get a new wide-body look for 2011, with flared fenders and more aggressive air dams, but the standard Impreza and Outback Sport models don't follow suit—at least not yet. While the Impreza sedan isn't a bad-looking vehicle, it does feel more conservative and a bit dowdy from the back. The hatch, on the other hand, is more cohesive and sporty, and the pick of our editors. The Impreza remains offered either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback; hatchback models can also be had in a ruggedly styled Outback Sport guise.

The Impreza 2.5GT, which combined a lower-output version of the WRX's turbocharged engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, has been discontinued for 2011.

Subaru has a knack for continuous improvement on its vehicles—particularly its performance-minded Impreza WRX and STI models. And while these rally-themed models aren't all-new this year, both of them get a more aggressive look as well as extensive changes underneath.

Line both of these models up side by side and they're closer than ever in appearance. Together, both of these models get a number of changes—most of which are now shared between the WRX and the STI. A new wide-body brings macho front-end detailing, an aggressive lower-body look, quad-tip exhausts, and bulging front and rear fenders that give the car more voluptuousness. Inside, the appearance is familiar, but there are new instrument clusters, a new audio system, and darker, more understated trim.

At first look, the 2011 Subaru WRX has shed some of the bland appearance for which it's been criticized since the entire Impreza family was last redesigned. Both models remain offered in four-door sedan or five-door hatch bodystyles, but it's the sedan that's changed (and benefited) most from the new wide-fendered look. Where it looked a little dowdy before, the flared sheetmetal makes the whole design pop. In our opinion, the hatch was already the better of the two bodystyles, and it also benefits a bit from the new look.

The Impreza RX used to be a wagonesque variant of the Impreza that sold only about 100 a month until supply ran out in June because of production issues caused by the March 11 tsunami in Japan. But the new Subaru XV -- Subaru's seventh model -- has dropped the Impreza tag and has morphed into a small SUV. It is still based on the new-generation Impreza, but as Subaru Australia marketing boss Andrew Caie says, the two cars are "like chalk and cheese".

"They are two separate categories, two totally separate cars and separate customers," he says. While the Impreza RX was considered a small car, this new model is described as a sub-compact SUV, smaller than a Forester, but bigger than a small hatch. The RX will arrive in Australia in January and will be followed in late February by the new Impreza four-door sedan and five-door hatch.

"The timing is everything to do with the tsunami," Caie says. "Our timings have been moved around about four times." The Impreza and XV will be the first Subarus with stop-start technology that switches off the engine when the vehicle is stationary. They also feature new transmissions and a new engine.

While Subaru's sporty WRX and STI models are well-known in performance circles, the Subaru Impreza on which they're based is sometimes overlooked by shoppers. But with standard all-wheel drive, good handling, a comfortable interior, and a great list of standard features, it sure shouldn't be.

The high-performance, rally-influenced WRX and STI models get a new wide-body look for 2011, with flared fenders and more aggressive air dams, but the standard Impreza and Outback Sport models don't follow suit—at least not yet. While the Impreza sedan isn't a bad-looking vehicle, it does feel more conservative and a bit dowdy from the back. The hatch, on the other hand, is more cohesive and sporty, and the pick of our editors. The Impreza remains offered either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback; hatchback models can also be had in a ruggedly styled Outback Sport guise.

The Impreza 2.5GT, which combined a lower-output version of the WRX's turbocharged engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, has been discontinued for 2011.

While Subaru's sporty WRX and STI models are well-known in performance circles, the Subaru Impreza on which they're based is sometimes overlooked by shoppers. But with standard all-wheel drive, good handling, a comfortable interior, and a great list of standard features, it sure shouldn't be.

The high-performance, rally-influenced WRX and STI models get a new wide-body look for 2011, with flared fenders and more aggressive air dams, but the standard Impreza and Outback Sport models don't follow suit—at least not yet. While the Impreza sedan isn't a bad-looking vehicle, it does feel more conservative and a bit dowdy from the back. The hatch, on the other hand, is more cohesive and sporty, and the pick of our editors. The Impreza remains offered either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback; hatchback models can also be had in a ruggedly styled Outback Sport guise.

The Impreza 2.5GT, which combined a lower-output version of the WRX's turbocharged engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, has been discontinued for 2011.

Subaru has a knack for continuous improvement on its vehicles—particularly its performance-minded Impreza WRX and STI models. And while these rally-themed models aren't all-new this year, both of them get a more aggressive look as well as extensive changes underneath.

Line both of these models up side by side and they're closer than ever in appearance. Together, both of these models get a number of changes—most of which are now shared between the WRX and the STI. A new wide-body brings macho front-end detailing, an aggressive lower-body look, quad-tip exhausts, and bulging front and rear fenders that give the car more voluptuousness. Inside, the appearance is familiar, but there are new instrument clusters, a new audio system, and darker, more understated trim.

At first look, the 2011 Subaru WRX has shed some of the bland appearance for which it's been criticized since the entire Impreza family was last redesigned. Both models remain offered in four-door sedan or five-door hatch bodystyles, but it's the sedan that's changed (and benefited) most from the new wide-fendered look. Where it looked a little dowdy before, the flared sheetmetal makes the whole design pop. In our opinion, the hatch was already the better of the two bodystyles, and it also benefits a bit from the new look.

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