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2012 Subaru Impreza 2012 Ford Focus 2012 Volkswagen Golf
     
2.0i 4-Door Manual
  • 2.0i 4-Door Manual
  • 2.0i 5-Door Manual
  • 2.0i 4-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Premium 4-Door Manual
  • 2.0i 5-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Premium 5-Door Manual
  • 2.0i Premium 4-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Premium 5-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Sport Premium 5-Door Manual
  • 2.0i Sport Premium 5-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Limited 4-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Limited 5-Door Automatic
  • 2.0i Sport Limited 5-Door Automatic
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn SEL
  • 5dr HB SEL
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg

Prices

MSRP $17,495 $16,500 $17,995
Invoice $16,734 $15,635 $17,275
Avg. Paid $15,756 N/A $12,420

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.6 8.2
Critics' Rating 8.9 9.4 9.1
Performance 8.4 8.4 8.4
Interior 8.4 7.7 8.7
Safety 9.3 9.3 9.7
Reliability 2.5 3.0 2.5
Operating Cost 8.2 N/A 8.2

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good safety score
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Spacious interior
  • Sporty and aggressive styling
  • Superb handling
  • Quality interior
  • Refined ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Excellent safety score
Cons
  • Poor reliability score
  • No paddle shifters
  • More expensive than competition
  • Poor outward visibility
  • Low reliability score

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Flat 4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 25 City / 34 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.1 104.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 178.5 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.5 71.8 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.7 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2910 2857 2968

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.9 90.7 93
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 38.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 43.5 41.9 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 55.6 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 52.2 53.9 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 38.0 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 43.7 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 53.7 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 53.1 52.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.0 13.2

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/121 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6200 160 @ 6500 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 145 @ 4200 146 @ 4450 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.8 36.0 35.7

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Optional Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 36 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 12.4 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone SLA 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard