Based on Subaru Impreza 2.0i
The 2012 Impreza is a complete redesign of Subaru's compact sedan and four-door hatchback. Along with new exterior and interior styling, both body styles boast increased interior space, a new engine and much-improved gas mileage. The Impreza competes with household names like the Honda Civi... Read Full Report
What We Like
What We Don't Like
The 2012 Subaru Impreza could be accused of being a Luddite because this redesigned compact car is lacking in the newer technological features found in its competitors. I'm a bit of a Luddite — one who opposes technological changes — so I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing in the Subaru. I prefer a straightforward car that I don't have to decipher before dr... Read full review for the 2012 Subaru Impreza
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Test drove all of the compact contenders. While there were some aspects of the other vehicles that may have a slight edge over the Impreza in terms of standard features, I found the handling to be sup... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
Roadside Assistance Coverage
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.