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Upgrade a Car: Unlocked potential

CNET Car Tech "fixes" the performance of the Subaru Impreza 2.5GT and addresses the lack of cabin tech.

When we last saw the 2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5GT, it left a bad taste with its mediocre cabin tech options and performance-dulling automatic transmission. Corinne Schulze/CNET

Every once in a while, we get a vehicle in the Car Tech garage that presents great potential, but poor execution. This was the case with the 2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5GT that we took for a spin awhile back.

With DNA that includes traces of WRX and STI and a stout, turbocharged heart, we were quite disappointed with the 2.5GT's performance. We didn't get much relief in the cabin when faced with an extremely limited list of cabin tech options.

Once again, we're unable to leave well enough alone as we set about to right the wrongs committed upon the Impreza by Subaru's bean counters and unlock its performance and cabin tech potential.

See how CNET Car Tech techs out the Subaru Impreza 2.5GT.