Used Car: 2012 Subaru Impreza Review
The redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza stands out with a good safety score and rare-for-the-class all-wheel drive, but it earns a lower reliability score than many rivals.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza is ranked:
As part of its redesign, the Impreza sedan and hatchback received a new, 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is mated to either a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Some reviewers said that the engine and CVT combo provide adequate power from a stop, while others found it a bit slow. Still, most agreed that the Impreza delivers composed handling and a comfortable ride. The Impreza achieves up to 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is isn’t class-leading, but still good for the class, especially considering the Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive. The performance-oriented 2012 WRX and WRX STI models carry over unchanged from the 2011 models. The WRX has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower, while the WRX STI produces 305 horsepower.
Reviewers said the Impreza’s remodeled cabin looks clean and classy, with high-quality materials throughout. They also said the seats are comfortable and spacious, and one noted that outward visibility is better than other cars’ in the class. The Impreza comes standard with a four-speaker CD stereo. Available features include leather seats, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, a power sunroof, navigation and automatic climate control. One reviewer was pleased with the amount of detail given by the navigation system. Another critic wrote that the touch-screen stereo isn’t as refined as those found in rivals. The hatchback model offers up to 52.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while the sedan has 12 cubic feet of trunk space. Both figures are competitive for the class.
Other Cars to Consider
Available as a sedan or hatchback the 2012 Ford Focus ranks highly in the class, and earns great safety and reliability scores. Reviewers loved the Focus’ nimble handling and high-quality interior.
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf was well-liked by reviewers for its high-quality interior and refined handling. The Golf, which is only available as a hatchback, also has a great safety score.