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2012 Subaru Impreza
2012 Subaru Impreza
Available Price Range $6,891-$23,895 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 22-31 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Subaru Impreza

Our Take

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 Don't Like

  • Less horsepower than 2011

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Sedan or four-door hatchback
  • New 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or CVT
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Larger interior


Our Expert Reviews

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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Total Package Beats its competitors

by NJgearhead from hackensack, nj on December 23, 2011

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


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.

Roadside Assistance

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.

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