Poll: Evo Vs Impreza

In yesterday’s Evo 9 feature from Dubai, I talked a bit about how the Evo’s reputation was built in different parts of the world. Everything said about the Evo can also be applied to its rival the Subaru Impreza and I figured now would be as good a time as any for these two AWD legends to face off in our weekly Speedhunters poll.

For two cars so similar in spec and purpose, Evo vs Impreza is one the fiercest rivalries in modern automotive history. I know there are many who dig both (myself included) but when it comes down to it, which of these two AWD rally-inspired machines will you choose?

Vote and discuss below!

-Mike


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157 comments
amy pond
amy pond

also GC8 is perfect rally / street car 

amy pond
amy pond

EVO =  good car + plus CPU's = Great Car


Impreza/STi = Great car done mechanically  

BottlefedGT500
BottlefedGT500

I own an 05 WRX as my daily and it is one of the most fun cars to drive. Just bolt ons and a stock turbo tune. Let's be honest, if you want to buy one or the other to go fast, buy an EVO.  The 4g63 makes power and responds to mods like an LSx motor. IMO, for looks, quality and fun factor, buy a Subaru. I always tell people DON'T buy an STi if you want a fast street and/or highway car.  As long as sheer speed and power figures aren't your main priority, definitely buy a Scoob. Just be prepared to spend A LOOOOT more money to build a Subaru to be fast and make big numbers. 

viktor0matrai
viktor0matrai

EVO. It's a hard choice... Love both of them. Eventually I think the EVOs are 51-49% on precision - power, STIs 49-51%. And I like precision.

RobertLai
RobertLai

why compare? both cars are awsome in their own way

55555
55555

I honestly enjoy every second behind the wheel of my Evo X GSR. I can appreciate what Subaru has to offer too, but for me...there's no point in comparing the two.

Clint
Clint

Both cars suck equally.

Kirk_B
Kirk_B

When I was first buying a car (over 18 years ago now), I couldn't afford the STI, but I could afford the Impreza Brighton Wagon... base model 2 liter, non-turbo. It was a good car over all, but I drive long distances (1000km every two weeks), and after a while, it just wasn't very comfortable. since then I dabbled in other cars (Honda Civic EF, Volkswagen Golf Diesel, Hyundai Tuscon) before I went back to what I should have bought in the first place... the Mitsubishi... I bought it three years ago, have 133K on the odometer, but the car still surprises me on how comfortable and fun it is to drive. 

I might not be the typical driver of the Evo, but it's proven itself as a real endurance machine!

izibizi
izibizi

I dig both of them too, but at the end I opted for Evo X MR and I can't complain

Kurt
Kurt

I own a 2004 Impreza but I voted Evo as its a car I've always dreamed about owning.

AndreVanBike
AndreVanBike

Evo is the sports Lancer, WRX is the sports Impreza.  If it' the impreza vs the EVO and not the WRX vs the EVO then it's a easy decision.

 

KristianBok
KristianBok

Depends on the year/model of make... with older models I'd go with the Impreza, the newer ones, I'd get the Evo (Evo VI, Evo VIII and IX)...

post510
post510

A day at the track is really all it takes, at least out here in California.  Evo's always outnumber Impreza's and most of the time there isn't even an Impreza present.  Or maybe it speaks more about the owners...

SydWRX
SydWRX

I decided when I bought a WRX. Mitsubishi never embraced the wagonesque body style with the Evo like Subaru did with the WRX prior to 2007. 

Adzmax
Adzmax

Subaru have lost their way with the Impreza styling. It's gotten progressively worse since it's launch. It's only now looking half decent again.

Bearsdkills
Bearsdkills

Both mechanically sound and good cars, its jut the scoobies are BUTT UGLY.   Evos win.

iDean
iDean

i honestly can't decide between the two. But... at least..  I prefer the evo because I drive it  and it is a fantastic car in all the ways, especially aesthetically. However The Subaru is a very good car.

dangina
dangina

Evo has  it in the looks dept. hands down.

koko san
koko san

why should we decide? :'(

Supra
Supra

Bro you can run an impreza upside down and it would still run lol

Keats
Keats

As an owner of both, I can say that you can't go wrong with either. Top Gear once stated that the Evo is more of a fighter jet and the Impreza is a pub brawler. I concur. I feel that the Evo is more refined in the handling department which is why I chose it to be the track day toy. As a daily driver, the Impreza offers more tidings of comfort and joy (comfort and joy) than the Evo does. Long story long, I set my Evo (2005 8) up for track abuse, and it takes the punishment. The Impreza (2012 5 door hatch) can still deliver reliable performance. As a side note, I do have to say that Evo owners are more obnoxious than the WRX crowd, but I suppose that's also due to the rarity of the Evo in my area. As a minority to the extreme, infighting and brand bitching (HKS vs. AMS vs. blah, blah, blah.) is a serious hassle for noobish folks.

Bear87
Bear87

Wow.... So many fan boys getting their panties in a knot! This sort on petty in fighting is why people still look down on Japanese cars and their owners :(

 

Both are great cars, both do something better than the other.

 

Subaru makes the better daily car but the Evo makes the better track car

Manudo
Manudo

Evo 5-9 for dedicated track/autoX duties

Sti for mix of that and everything else

 

Which is why I have a '12 Sti.

Nico Leone
Nico Leone

 

 

SUBARU WRC.........*** 3 Time world champion 

 

Mitsubishi WRC....... * 1 LOL

 

GAME OVER ! 

dave1611
dave1611

Evo 5, 6 and 6.5 has been the best Evo ever made.  Period!!!

cornerbalance
cornerbalance

I've spent considerable time with both over the last 12 years.  For track use (ie actual track days) - an Evo, and it would need to be a 9 MR.  For day to day duties, the Subaru wins hands down.  The 08-12 cars have a far nicer interior than any previous gen car, much better materials, much better controls, vastly better seats.  But have a definate and intentional "girth" to them, sort of similar feeling to a modern Audi.   I've yet to drive a 2013 WRX or STi to compare.

 

The Evo X has a terrific and very tunable engine for a modern car.  I just don't like it's sneaker-esque looks. 

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

@Northern Lites Customs I think you've got it backwards...lol

KristianBok
KristianBok

@AndreVanBike everyone gets what they meant, that it's the STi vs. Evo ;-)

nugundam93
nugundam93

true.  the only evo to have a wagon style was the JDM evo IX.

Brocky_X
Brocky_X

 @Supra So that's why they went with the Boxer engine, Subaru owners are prone to trying to drive them upside down :P

mr_rotary
mr_rotary

 @Keats

 I am in the same boat as you having both in the driveway and totally agree with your decisions. The WRX makes a great comfortable daily however my Evo8MR is the weapon of choice to take to the track as it handles better, goes quicker and most importantly less prone to break!

Slight
Slight

 @Keats Couldn't have said it better myself. 

SaudQureshi
SaudQureshi

Fan boys/girls will always get worked up in comparison threads. Doesn't matter if you drive Japanese, American or European.

 

Try putting up a poll of a Mopar vs. GM vs. Ford. It'll be just as messy.

nugundam93
nugundam93

 @Nico Leone makinen won 4 driver's titles with the evo 3, 4, 5, 6.  makinen didn't win any driver's title when he switched to a subie.

 

but again, as cornerbalance mentioned, the championship is a combined effort.  you could win a driver's championship but not constructor's, or vice-versa.  :)

cornerbalance
cornerbalance

 @Nico Leone game over?  Citroen has won more than all of them combined....so you would rather drive a Citroen?

injdmwetrust
injdmwetrust

 @Nico Leone Hey Nico, as I am fan of Subaru, please do check how many times, Tommy Makinnen won WRC champion title :)

Nico Leone
Nico Leone

Lancia has 10 so do i say FORZA LANCIA ? **********          but maybe i say any way lol,   grande campione del WRC! FORZA LANCIA per tutti la vittoria nel WRC

cornerbalance
cornerbalance

 @injdmwetrust  @Nico Leone its a good point...any championship won, be it driver or constructor, is the result of both of those components, and the team effort in general, coming together in harmony.  You can't win a drivers championship with an uncompetitive car, and a slow/inconsistent team cannot win constructors championships.   But Loeb is still the king of WRC as far as the sheer #'s won.  Sadly though, WRC pales in comparison to what it was in the late 90's and early 2000's

Nico Leone
Nico Leone

 @injdmwetrust  ?? 

 

Subaru constructor  1995, 1996, 1997 = 3 ?

 

Mitsubishi constructor 1998 = 1 ? 

 

cornerbalance
cornerbalance

 @TougeSpirit  @Nico Leone  @injdmwetrust that is, well, incorrect.  The Impreza WRX most certainly had active diffs. maybe even from the first year of WRC spec (98 or 99, I forget).  Active diffs were present until 2006, when the FIA banned them for all teams

 

opinions are cool, facts are cool..at least have the 2 intersect at some point though :)

TougeSpirit
TougeSpirit

 @Nico Leone  @injdmwetrust 

They banned electronic differentials and neutered the Mitsubishis.

 

The Subarus were already based upon mechanical diffs and had no problems

 

 


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