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2012 Subaru Impreza

  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback

    2.0i Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $18,995
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited Hatchback

    2.0i Limited Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $22,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited Sedan

    2.0i Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $21,595
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium Hatchback

    2.0i Premium Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $20,295
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium Sedan

    2.0i Premium Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $19,795
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan

    2.0i Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $17,495
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited Hatchback

    2.0i Sport Limited Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $22,595
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium Hatchback

    2.0i Sport Premium Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      148/145
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $20,295
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Sedan

    WRX Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/244
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $29,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Wagon

    WRX Limited Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/244
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $29,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium Sedan

    WRX Premium Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/244
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $28,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium Wagon

    WRX Premium Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/244
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $28,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan

    WRX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/244
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $25,595
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Limited Sedan

    WRX STi Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      305/290
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $37,445
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sedan

    WRX STi Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      305/290
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $34,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Wagon

    WRX STi Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      305/290
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $36,095
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

    WRX Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/244
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $25,595
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2012 Subaru Impreza Review

Promising improvements to an already good car.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview
For many Americans, the Impreza is associated with two three-letter acronyms: the high-powered, rally-inspired WRX and STi. Those models were loosely based on the Impreza, but for 2012, the performance variants part ways. This leaves the Impreza to again function as Subaru's entry-level sedan.

While the WRX and STi will stay on the old 2011 platform, the 2012 Impreza's have an all new chassis, engine, continuously-variable transmission (CVT), and suspension design. To improve fuel economy, Subaru nixed the 2.5-liter engine in favor of a smaller 2.0-liter flat-4. It makes less power and has a smaller fuel tank, but with weight savings, the new Impreza is just as quick, and it gets 30-percent better mileage and the same range as the 2011 model.

The Impreza is still the only all-wheel-drive car in its class, and now it's the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive car in America. But that quirk is not a gimmick. The new Impreza boasts improved steering feel, safety features, and interior amenities, and a stylish, sporty design while maintaining price.

The Range

Body styles: Sedan, hatchback
Engine: 2.0-liter flat-4
Transmissions: CVT, five-speed manual
Models: 2.0i, 2.0i Limited, 2.0i Sport Limited, 2.0i Premium

What's New

Everything about the 2012 Impreza is new: 2.0-liter flat-4 cylinder engine, suspension, smaller fuel tank, but 30-percent increase in fuel mileage, electric power steering, CVT, driver's knee airbag, and tons of interior infotainment features.

Exterior

The Impreza is completely redesigned for 2012, and now that it's separated from the WRX/STi, it has its own fresh styling cues. Although the exterior dimensions are similar to the 2011 model, the new Impreza's nose and tail don't protrude as far from the wheels, giving it the impression of being longer. The front end and grille are sporty, like the redesigned Legacy, and there are handsome wheel arches framing 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels.

Interior

While the exterior dimensions are similar to 2011, the new Impreza actually has more interior space--including larger trunk volume and backseat space. Subaru also upped the quality of materials inside the cabin, and made many connectivity and infotainment features standard. On Limited and Sport models, that includes a 4.3-inch LCD display, HD radio, and iTunes toggling. For Premium models, there is a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and a USB port, as well as iPod functionality.

Performance & Handling

Dimensions for the 2012 Impreza are similar to the 2011 model, but the Subaru has a new suspension and a smaller engine--though it also has less weight. These changes positively affect fuel mileage, and Subaru says the new model is as quick as the outgoing model, which means it's not very quick. But with a new electric power steering and familiar all-wheel drive, it's still a great-handling car.

Safety

Subaru has not released all of the info for the new Impreza, but the 2011 model was a Top Safety Pick by IIHS, and the 2012 model has a new knee airbag and whiplash protection front seats.

EPA Fuel Economy

2.0 CVT: 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway
2.0 5MT: 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Visually striking
  • Best AWD fuel economy
  • Increased interior space

You Won't Like

  • Less power than outgoing model

Sum Up

Promising improvements to an already good car.

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