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i have a really big interrogation here..... i have a subaru 2.5i SE 2007 and am wondering if i would be making a huge mistake if i were to trade it in for the forte.... i know i would probably lose on the handling...but other than that what are your toughts because on the financial side it would be a lot cheaper with the kia!! thanks
 

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I have never driven the impreza but I would say that if you got the SX Koup you wouldn't be losing any in handling, especially if you do some minor chassis reinforcement. With a little money put into mods I don't doubt you would be quite pleasantly surprised. My SX koup is bone stock performance wise and I kept neck and neck with v6 mustang up to about 100 km/h at which point I had to turn off the highway. I probably coulda pulled him with a little more distance. I think you would be pleased with it.
(it's not racing if you don't break the speed limit!)
 

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i have a really big interrogation here..... i have a subaru 2.5i SE 2007 and am wondering if i would be making a huge mistake if i were to trade it in for the forte.... i know i would probably lose on the handling...but other than that what are your thoughts because on the financial side it would be a lot cheaper with the kia!! thanks
I am 4000Km into my Forte and I traded in a 2001 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. It had bilstien shocks, rally clutch and CAI but, sounded great I love the boxster motors for sure. But it was time even though I only had 170K on it I drove it hard and never did any thing other than oil and Brakes in almost 10 years. I did test drive the new 2010 Subarus , hated them I would take an older style any day. If you like your 2007 and it s in good repair stay with it.
In comparison the Forte SX is stiffer and more nimble in quick turns but certainly lacks the never gonna let go feeling that the 4 wheel drive gives when in a high speed decreasing radius on or off ramp. Maybe it will be better once I get the new rear anti-sway bar and top an bottom supports for the engine. Also the Forte has way more punch as it does not have the 4WD system to bog it down. The Forte is like a breath of fresh air that slices through traffic with far better acceleration. The ride of the Forte is more luxurious and sporty vs a sub's tendency to be marsh mallowy during regular driving conditions. Also the Forte is technically tight, doors fitting and parts are of a higher quality even that the new Subies. The forte has a different feel and getting decent snows this year as I know I am going to miss my 4WD come the snow. Ya I wont miss the tricky 5 Speed trany either, The Forte has somewhat of a awkward trany too but nothing that, like the Sub's, that one can master in month. I am starting to love my Forte as is loosens up a bit and the mechanics seem to be working together better.
I certainly like the low payments and the 140K / 7 year warranty that is a big draw for me Oh I also got 5 years oil changes included. I am certainly happy with the SX, I would not want the smaller engine as I am used to having a few horses at my disposal. I am happy I am in my Forte but there have been a few times over the past 7 weeks I have had sentimental thoughts of my Subi.
 

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I've spent time in Imprezzas, and while they definitely have their strengths, you might be pleasantly surprised in a Forte.

The handling isn't that far off between the two (especially if you go for a Forte SX). In fact, the SX has a very firm, but well-controlled ride--definitely firmer than the stock Imprezza. The SX has decent power (and indecently decent torque), so I doubt you'd be disappointed there, either.

I personally MUCH prefer the Forte interior to the Sube's; higher-quality materials, much better design. I'd rate the Koup SX's seats as considerably more supportive than the stock Imprezza seats. And the Forte is considerably quieter, too, though all bets are off on that if you mod the intake or exhaust :)

You'd be saving money on a car that you just might wind up liking as much as your Sube. Try to get one out on a good, long test drive and see if you agree.
 

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I would stay with the Subaru.
 

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I recently had an impreza m/t, loved it a lot. Since it was only a lease I had to find a nice sport but cheap car. When I heard about the forte koup I was amazed about how much you get out of the car at such a little price. The handling to my opinion is very well put together. The horsepower could have been a little bit higher but putting some money into mods isn't so bad. Things that you don't see to much at a low price in a car is the red stiching and the pulsing speakers. The interior of the car doesn't feel cheap at all. But between the sub and the forte the forte wins hands down.
 

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...The interior of the car doesn't feel cheap at all. But between the sub and the forte the forte wins hands down.
And when you factor in that the Koup is one of the hottest looking cars in its class (if not THE hottest ;) ), it gets easier...
 

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I'm looking to get the Forte Koup but am now seriously considering the Subaru 2.5i Impreza. I drove one in the snow last year and it was absolutely and amazing and so much fun. I immediately went home and went to look up their prices. But I have to admit I hate the Subaru interior and exterior and the higher price as well. But the handling in the snow is just phenomenal. I remember driving during a snowstorm in a Pontiac Pursuit with 4 winter tires and I was going about as fast as I felt was safe. Then, out of nowhere, a Subaru Impreza comes roaring by on the left lane and just pushed through that snow like it was nothing. My friend was laughing because we were just discussing cars and the 4wd system of Subarus. So yes, it is ugly and more expensive but the 4wd is nice to have especially because I have to travel 10km just to get to work every day. Also, the resale value of the Subaru is really good. But all in all, I still like the Koup and will make my final decision when I get to test drive both in the snow.
 

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So yes, it is ugly and more expensive but the 4wd is nice to have especially because I have to travel 10km just to get to work every day. Also, the resale value of the Subaru is really good. But all in all, I still like the Koup and will make my final decision when I get to test drive both in the snow.
Now, I grant you, on heavy snow the Sube's going to win, hands-down.

In theory, up here in the Yukon, I probably should have given that more weight in my purchase decision, but the car I was replacing was a '93 Civic sedan that was actually awesome in the snow as long as it had winter tires.

Is your commute really only 10km? 'Cos that's not long, just a 5 minute drive. 100km, now THEN I'd probably be more concerned.
 
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