2013 Subaru Impreza Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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2013 Subaru Impreza Review: Autoblog


The review is for a 2012 Model There may be minor changes to model you are looking at.

All-Wheel-Drive Stays The Course

It was a welcome of pace to sit through a new car product and not have to listen to company repeat the adjective best-in-class and over again. The simple is that the all-new 2012 Impreza doesn’t really best-in-class anything power, economy, cruising range, capacity or even warranty. The thing that sets the new apart from its competition is all-wheel drive a Subaru (at least, until the rear-wheel-drive BRZ up).

By equipping the Impreza all-wheel drive as standard Subaru is hoping to achieve one mention: drivability. With its 2.0-liter flat-four engine the charge, Subaru aims to a solid package that to be the most engaging steer in its Besides, if this new car will form the basis for the hotter WRX and STI it had better be at least somewhat in original recipe guise,

We headed to the hills of New York and to find out.

Let’s be Subarus have never been known for their and the 2012 Impreza, while an from the previous-generation car, going to win any design contests soon. We’ll admit to a little let down by the Impreza’s especially since the Impreza car that debuted at the 2010 Los Auto Show was such a hot number.

Still, like we this 2012 model is looking than the car it replaces. The end adds a bit of aggression with a angular shape on the headlight and larger fog light housings out to the front corners complement nicely. The new grille mimics the that debuted on the 2010 and look for it to be Subaru’s new corporate on future models.

We spent our day at the five-door Impreza Sport, and though it’s the one we’d we can’t say that it’s and bounds more attractive the sedan. On the hatchback, the squared-off at the rear appear to be more and while Subaru says design was all in the name of improved we’d still prefer a bit smoother visually. Rear design comparisons to the 2009 Vibe are not unwarranted.

In the case of the sedan and hatchback, Subaru has more pronounced wheel to the Impreza, similar to those on the The designers tell us this is to communicate the car’s all-wheel-drive from a styling point of and while those arches half bad to look at, they only work with wheel and tire packages. The dark alloy wheels in 205/50-series rubber on our test for example, are pretty handsome and out those large wells

The new Impreza isn’t any longer or than the model it replaces, but it on a wheelbase that’s been by one inch. Subaru says accounts for an additional two inches of legroom, meaning there’s inches of overall leg space for seat passengers the same as the Chevrolet Cruze. The biggest we noticed about the interior is how it feels from the front A relatively low beltline means you have that sunk-in-the-bathtub that’s becoming so popular on new these days, and with changes like having the mirrors attached to the doors than the A-pillars, visibility the driver’s seat is superb.

Even your author, at seven-inches, had no trouble getting a view of the road with the seat in its lowest height

What we like the best the Impreza’s interior is how clean and it is, from the dashboard to the center to the radio head unit. cars equipped with use a simple layout, free of buttons and knobs and toggle The instrument cluster is clean and and the steering wheel’s controls are laid out and easy to learn.

them once, and you won’t to keep glancing down to out what controls what.

cargo-shleppers will appreciate the of the five-door Impreza, with cubic feet of usable available with the rear folded. That’s an improvement of eight cubic feet the 2011 model, and 7.6 cubic versus the 2012 Ford five-door. There are plenty of cubbies and compartments throughout the of the interior, and the Subaru folks us that there’s even up front to house 38 compact if that’s still your

Overall, the 2012 Impreza’s is where we see the largest improvement in The cabin is simple and refined a design standpoint, while very grown up and not as gimmicky as cars in the segment (* cough * * cough *). Subaru has added a of soft-touch materials to the dashboard and and while they’re nice, the interior still feels sophisticated and refined (the goes for the Focus, if we’re honest).

Little things the climate control dials feel cheap in the Impreza, as the plastic material on the steering even on the uplevel leather-laden trim.

The only engine for 2012 is Subaru’s all-new boxer flat-four, good for 148 and 145 pound-feet of torque. Oddly, figures represent a loss of 22 hp and 25 versus the outgoing 2.5-liter but because the new Impreza is lighter up to 110 depending on the trim Subaru that the 2012 model is quicker off the line, which we up to the ‘gearing’ of the new continuously variable or the throttle tuning. Both a CVT and manual transmission are available, but the variable unit is the only offered on Limited models.

The CVT in the Impreza isn’t the same one in the Legacy and Outback. and officials us it has been tuned for specific with this new 2.0-liter

Of course, we can’t talk the Impreza without mentioning the and while a new ‘Rex isn’t for the immediate future, the rally-bred is coming in just a few years. 2.0-liter engine may be optimized for aspirated use, but as Subaru’s of communications Michael McHale us, Subaru will always be a company, and we can look for a forced-induction of this engine to produce around 270 horses. Consider us on the of our seats.

While this has allegedly been tuned for low-end and mid-range torque, the 145 lb-ft isn’t delivered 4,200 rpm. We only had the to drive CVT-equipped Imprezas our time in New England, and as you’d the transmission doesn’t really any differently than comparable from other automakers. The quickly revs up to about RPM, holds there, and off as you reach your desired speed. No, the Impreza isn’t a off the line, but there were on uphill climbs where we would have appreciated extra grunt down CVT-equipped cars come steering wheel-mounted paddle with six ‘gears’ to choose

We played with this, and no what preset ratio you mash the throttle and the engine just spin up to about RPM. It’s pretty if you ask us.

We talked to folks who were to drive cars equipped the manual transmission, and we didn’t great things here, Primarily, the problem with power is even more when you’re rowing the yourself. Lots of downshifting, a journalist told us.

We’ll to pass final judgment we get behind the wheel of a self-stirrer, but was discouraging news.

Lower and lower power has improved economy, though, and even all-wheel drive, the Impreza can up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway. makes it the most efficient vehicle on the market that’s sort of best-in-class statement, With the manual transmission, the nets 25/34 mpg city/highway (in the the hatch’s highway number to 33 mpg with the manual box). isn’t quite the magic 40 mpg that Ford.

Hyundai and all manage to achieve, but 36 mpg isn’t to sneeze at, especially with an pair of driven wheels.

But less power and a slushy is the new model just as good as the model when the roads to get interesting?

The Impreza uses a strut and lower L-arm suspension with a double-wishbone out back. Combined with Symmetrical AWD system, the Impreza is balanced on all road surfaces. The is never crashy and provides a ride quality without wafty.

Having power to all four wheels inspires from behind the wheel, and it’s no sports car, the feels genuinely reassuring being tossed about, on wet surfaces.

A new electric power system has been applied for accounting for a marginal gain in fuel economy. And while of these systems give off a of false involvement and can feel the Subaru unit is linear and with good on-center

For our shekels, the current fun-to-drive in this segment is still the and while we’d have to the two cars back-to-back to pick a at least on these roads, the felt just as engaging as we from the Mazda. Yes, like some more down low, and we’re not in with the CVT, but in terms of refinement, the Subaru is top notch. the Impreza is a solid steer, and behind the wheel, it feels refined than many of its particularly the Honda Civic and Jetta .

Despite all the changes, for the 2012 Impreza hasn’t from 2011 the base, car starts at $17,495 (plus for destination), with the five-door an additional $500. Three levels are available base, and Limited and at the top of the range, the Impreza Limited with CVT stickers at

The Impreza has never been a superstar, with Subaru’s Legacy and Forester models all higher sales numbers 2011. Yes, the current car is at the end of its but even so, we don’t expect the model to set sales charts on like Volkswagen’s new, Jetta or the surprising Chevrolet

What Subaru has done is create a new Impreza that more refinement, better and modestly improved styling the car it replaces.

As for being the most car in its class, the Impreza might not be our pick, but it’s in the hunt. Impreza owners should like this new car, and shoppers would be wise to the Subie a look, especially who live in the Snow Belt. It may not best-in-class efficiency, technology, or beauty, but all in, the Impreza is a solid with some of the best manners in its class.

Now, about that

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The following is for a 2012 Model Year. may be minor changes to current you are looking at.

All-new, and chic.

The more things change, the they stay the same; adage has applied to Subaru for These concise, tough, plain cars have an devoted following in the marketplace, because Subarus have the familiarity of a favorite pair of old The skeletal aspects of the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza, its minimalist boxer four-cylinder and on-demand all-wheel-drive, follow in the Subaru tradition.

But for 2012, new, and almost un-Subaru, has added.

The new 2012 Impreza is the dashing, stylish car Subaru has dared produce. Dared? Given Subaru’s conservative, tradition, this 2012 is, in its own way, revolutionary. Subaru intends the new Impreza to continue to to its traditional buyers on the basis of its capable all-weather characteristics.

But at the time, Subaru hopes the new car reach out to brand-new buyers its well-styled looks.

With penetration of the American market constantly upwards, its market is 3.47 percent, the highest the company has good reason to beyond its current owner for new sales. A primary obstacle is at present, few people think of as a sedan-maker; they are more to associate the brand with SUVs.

But the new four- and five-door Impreza models are mass-market or in the case of the five-door, wagon-like Though many American eschew hatchbacks, the five-door is perhaps the most well-proportioned of the line.

The 2012 Impreza is in other Subaru-like ways. Its 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder downsized from last 2.5-liter, produces similar and performance, while increasing efficiency by a massive 36 percent. At a 36 mpg Highway/27 mpg City on the EPA cycle, the is the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car in

At the same time, while competing cars continue to get the new Impreza, depending on model and has lost up to 165 pounds in curb contributing to increased fuel

Subaru has long established as a builder of rugged small According to the company, 95 percent of sold in the past 10 years are on the road. With the fourth-generation Subaru fully expects to the previous model, the best-selling ever.

Only the loss of six production due to the tsunami in Japan 2011 sales. But the efficient new Impreza, starting at the same price as the 2011 Impreza, a significant jump in efficiency, for dollar and appeal. Subaru to climb still higher in the with a car that will to more Americans.

The 2012 Impreza 2.0i comes in and 5-Door models in several levels, all with the 2.0-liter 16-valve flat opposed engine. Most models standard with a 5-speed gearbox; a CVT continuously variable (which works like an adds $1,000. The Imprezas in states are tuned to meet regulations for Partial-Zero Emissions which increases all the prices here by $500. (All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Prices, which do not include charge and may change at any time notice.)

The Impreza 2.0i sedan comes with cloth air conditioning with air filtration, driver’s seat, 65/35 rear seats, four-speaker radio data system, two 12V power door locks, mirrors, power windows driver’s auto up/down, window defroster, rear-seat ducts, remote fuel release, tilt/telescope steering dual overhead map lights, visor vanity lights, ECO gauge, automatic-off headlights, light, variable intermittent 15-inch steel wheels, R15 all-season tires, green glass, roof-mounted antenna. The 5-Door ($17,995) includes all the plus cargo tie-down grocery-bag hooks, rear wiper/washer, rear roof

Impreza 2.0i Premium ($18,795) and 5-Door ($19,295) to 16×6.5-inch alloy wheels, R16 all-season tires, six-speaker Bluetooth, hands-free phone, USB, body-color exterior adjustable center armrest, interior door handles, control, fog lights, illuminated switch, rear stabilizer steering wheel cruise/audio/Bluetooth and cargo cover (5-door). 2.0i Limited comes with the CVT, 17-inch wheels, and upgrades to leather-trimmed leather-wrapped steering wheel and rear-seat armrest, premium 4.3-inch display, Bluetooth, capability, All-Weather Package, headlights, climate control, exterior accents, fog lights.

The Sport Premium 5-door adds 17×7 alloy 205/50 R17 all-season tires, HD 4.3-inch display screen, tagging capability, 3.4-in. input jack, heated seats, heated exterior windshield wiper de-icers, on/off lights, climate chrome exterior door and grille accents, chrome-trim fog leather upholstery, leather wheel and shifter, dual cup holders. Impreza 2.0i Limited includes the CVT and upgrades to upholstery, leather-wrapped steering and shifter, rear-seat armrest, audio, 4.3-inch display, iPod capability, automatic climate control, silver-accent

Options include an All-Weather ($500) with heated seats, heated exterior and windshield wiper de-icers; ($1,000); Moonroof plus System ($2,000).

Safety on all models include the mandated plus a driver’s knee anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake-force distribution (EBD), VDC stability control, TCS traction brake assist, brake system, hill-hold start, drive, mandated internal lease, child-restraint anchorage mandated tire pressure whiplash-preventive front seats, roadside assistance.


The appearance of the 2012 Impreza and five-door is a vigorous leap in Subaru styling. But this forward-thrusting new shape is more just a pretty face.

The length of the 2012 Impreza is to its 2008-2011 forebear (180.3 for the four-door, 173.8 inches for but the 2012 Impreza makes more efficient use of the interior it encloses. The new car’s wheelbase is one longer than the previous and the base of its A-pillar has been a massive 7.9 inches forward. slants the windshield steeply resulting in a sleek, modern

This aggressive cabin besides looking great, Subaru designers to achieve improvements in interior space and The new Impreza is roomier, more and easier to get in and out of. A major element in improvement is the fact that door opening is almost inches longer front to The lower lip of the doorsill is also one lower than in the previous adding to ease of entry. The door opening is also achieving the same benefits.

All of in a car that isn’t one inch than the previous-generation model.

In respects, the new Impreza is a pleasing, shape. Its low, short and streamlined shape contribute to an form that moves the air efficiently, registering a low coefficient of of 0.31 for the four-door and 0.33 for the The nose is aggressive, with low air intakes, shrouded for the lowest of aerodynamic drag.

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The rakishly shaped headlight seem to glower with The Impreza’s sides have character lines, thrusting and ahead. Finally, the wheel are surrounded by a distinctive flat bevel that keeps the from looking too heavy.

A chassis floor for 2012 the suspension to react more to changing loads and more driving.

All in all, the 2012 is one of the most attractive small in the marketplace, replacing the cheap/minimalist of some others with an of true chic.


the cabin for the first time, the Impreza has an airy, nicely feel, with a relatively low and a large greenhouse with windows that welcome the world. The instrumentation on the dash simple and straightforward, as opposed to and demanding. It is a look that is in keeping with Subaru’s approach.

But the controls are by no means a to the previous (2008-2011) model. The cover and switchgear are redone very nice soft-touch that give them an adult feel.

In keeping this well-equipped package, the models are fitted with a new knee airbag, complementing the standard array of mandated

Similarly, the layout and dispersion of and controls is nicely intuitive; you you understand all you need to understand the first exposure to them. The dials for engine speed 6600 rpm) and vehicle are black-on-white and almost disappointingly in keeping with Subaru’s tone. The cruise control, control and hands-free phone on the steering wheel were simple, with little that did their job well.

A multi-function Info display is dead ahead between the and speedometer.

The front seats are in terms of comfort and lateral appropriate to this thrifty, car’s place in the market. But the seats have been in a major way for 2012: The seatbacks are better protecting bigger from whiplash injury.

In the compartment, legroom has been increased by scalloping out the backs of the seats.

Trunk volume in the sedan is 12.0 cubic but our 5-door test car, its cargo room maximized, a generous 52.4 cubic Lift-over height is moderate: inches.

The Impreza HVAC was straightforward and powerful, and the audio was by contemporary standards, not exceptional but The body-color electric outside have been enlarged 2011 and provide better visibility.

This is a comfortable, interior, fully in keeping Subaru’s down-to-earth practicality. The is a simple economy sedan in respects, but with the 2012 Impreza has added style and that will be attractive to well beyond the Subaru

Driving Impression

The 2012 is definitely a Subaru. The small flat-4 is no racer. A twin-cam unlike the prior single 2.5-liter, the new 2.0-liter has made improvements in power delivery and its rating.

Impreza’s 148 horsepower and 145 of torque sound minimal, but its weight decrease over the model (2008-11) really performance, and the new 2012 Impreza a CVT can accelerate more quickly the previous-generation version.

Furthermore, the leap in fuel efficiency, an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg with the is genuinely impressive. A PZEV Zero Emissions Vehicle) is that lowers emissions though it comes at higher

One characteristic we did not like is the artificially throttle tip-in from a start. It may make the car seem than it is, but it was annoying and unnecessary.

Our drives in the Impreza demonstrated one plus. At Interstate speeds, it crisply and is delighted to cruise and steadily at the very highest you can get away with.

We found the variable transmission a big improvement earlier CVTs, including early version. The transmission has that feeling of being around by a rubber band. The still varies its ratio in to engine speed, but it doesn’t do as numbingly, promoting more control of acceleration and speed.

Our five-door had steering column-mounted the left-hand paddle for downshifts and the paddle for upshifts. Anyone to the kind of vehicle control by a manual transmission, but not wishing to a clutch pedal every few will find these a must. And the Subaru transmission play games.

Within you get the shift you asked for.

The has another brilliant provision. the console gearshift lever in the position, the CVT will make automatic shifts aimed at fuel mileage. You can still shift in this fully mode, the transmission waiting a before shifting to the most cog. But if you insist on absolute control of the transmission, you merely the gearshift lever to the left. then on, when you make a shift, the transmission holds gear in play until you another gear.

This downshifting to control your speed descending a grade, the downshift order stays in If you want to, you can paddle-shift down two or gears, presuming you will not the engine. This may be useful for into corners in wet-weather or

The Impreza’s new electronic steering nicely firm steering while contributing a 2-percent in fuel efficiency. And the Impreza’s and stability are surprisingly good at relatively high cornering The new suspension keeps the car remarkably and stable. However, when to its cornering limit, a large of body roll takes

We found the Impreza much pleasant at a sporty pace at a racy pace.

The braking had all the expected supporting systems: Brake Distribution, ABS and Brake The brakes had fairly good and performed powerfully even in wet conditions.

This traditionally Subaru looks far less than any previous Subaru. a cruising range of 523 miles and fuel mileage than a 500, yet with all-wheel the all-new 2012 Subaru is a value leader. It is more than expected and more by far, yet it still embodies all of the practicality that has made among the most owner-loyal anywhere.

Ted West filed report to NewCarTestDrive.com from New

Model Lineup

Subaru 2.0i 4-door ($17,495); ($17,995); Premium 4-door Premium 5-door ($19,295); 4-door ($21,595); Limited ($22,095); Sport Premium ($20,295); Sport Limited ($22,595).

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