When you think of the car brand Subaru, what comes to mind? Maybe the newly redesigned 2.0-liter 4 cylinder boxer engine or the new aerodynamics? Well, if it didn’t come to mind, it will now. Subaru has completely changed the Impreza for the 2012 model year. Is that good or bad? Find out below!
Subaru is known for its great AWD performance, particularly in times of need, like snow. AWD vehicles have received negative reviews when it comes to their miles-per-gallon. Not the Impreza. For the 2012 model year, Subaru redesigned the transmission, engine, and exterior body panels. The engine and transmission specs are further down, as well as the exterior notices.
Interior: For a base price of around $18,000, the Impreza has a great interior. You won’t find the econo-car cheap interior. Sure, it’s not a Mercedes-Benz, but that’s not what you are looking for. Subaru has really improved their interior with nice accents and soft-touch plastics around the dashboard. The base stereo system isn’t mind-blowing, yet it gets the job done.
The steering wheel can move up and down and also telescope, which is a nice feature on this pricepoint. Also, plenty of cupholders and places to store your electronics as well.
Exterior: Subaru drastically changed their exterior as well. It still has the 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback options available. Subaru claims that the new aerodynamics of the car help with the new fuel economy. We believe it does. There is still some road noise, but the aerodynamics do cut down on it from previous generations. The front grille has been uplifted, as well as the rear headlights replaced with smaller ones. The wheelbase remains the same, yet the car appears a little longer.
Powertrain: Nope, it’s not an STi. But you bought this car for the fuel economy, which is proves to have in spades. The new Impreza 2.0 liter boxer engine has 148-HP and 145 lb-ft of torque. Combine that with the new CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), and you will achieve 27 city and 36 MPG highway. For the manual gearbox, 25/34 MPG is your expected stats.
Price: The Impreza starts at $17,995. Other variants include the Premium, Sport Premium, and the Limited. Other options like a navigation system and a better stereo system can rack the price up to$23,000 with a hatchback.
Overall: What do we give this car? Well, we have yet to officially review the STi here, but the base Impreza gets a solid 8/10. Seems a bit high? Well not really. Considering the price, the car has great bang for the buck. The MPG/AWD combination is something to truly marvel at, Subaru has won this hands down. Performance is left to the big brother WRX/STi.