2012 Subaru Impreza
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Total Package Beats its competitors

by 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...
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 superior to all of them, including the Focus and the Mazda 3. Even with AWD it equals or exceeds other cars in its class for fuel economy. It felt as rock solid in corners and high speeds as the GTI or BMW 3 series. That Subaru's reliability and resale value are on par with Honda made this an easy decision. I was impressed by the greatly improved interior as opposed to the prior iteration. Ironically, even though I felt the hatchback was a bit more attractive than the sedan, I bought the sedan as it seemed more composed on the highway than the hatch at high speed not to mention the sedan is cheaper. I initially assumed I would walk away with a manual transmission, but that changed after noticing that 5th gear on the manual was lifeless. I was surprised by the CVT and paddle shifters and the very quick throttle response from a stop which was a sharp contrast from the dual clutch setup of a competitor which was very herky jerky at low speed. I ended up with a 2.0i premium sedan with CVT, and heated seats, heated wipers and side mirrors, all weather mats, bluetooth with streaming audio audio and really nice 16" alloy wheels. This was the only car in its class that actually felt like a legit small sport sedan with the added bonus of AWD drive to get me through the snow. Really, I think the only reason why Subaru isn't getting the accolades that Ford and Hyundai are for the Elantra and Focus is that I notice that there haven't been any comparo tests including the Impreza. I suspect the sleeper Impreza is going to surprise them, especially with the handling which to me even outclassed the Mazda 3.
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Very happy so far

by from Bay Area, CA on February 24, 2012

This is a limited hatchback with CVT, moonroof, PZEV...pretty much all options except the navigation system. The car replaces a '94 Impreza which has been the most bulletproof car we've ever owned. I...
This is a limited hatchback with CVT, moonroof, PZEV...pretty much all options except the navigation system. The car replaces a '94 Impreza which has been the most bulletproof car we've ever owned. It still looks and runs fine, and the only mechanical problem in that time was a failed fuel pump at 110K miles. I've rated the reliability of the new car at 5 stars in the hope it will be just as good (but time will tell). Performance is very good for the kind of car it is. Bear in mind that this is not a WRX, so we're not talking sports-car performance. Despite the small engine, acceleration off the line is punchy (actually quicker than I would like). 0-60 is less impresive, but perfectly adequate. Handling, with the AWD, is exceptional. This is why you get a car with AWD in a place where it doesn't snow. Interior is kind of spartan and retro. Despite the hype about "soft-touch materials" there are some cheesy plastic bits. The seats are comfy enough. The main attractions is that there is a lot of room. The salesman who accompanied us on the test drive was about the size of an NFL lineman, but even he could slip into the back seat without a fuss. Even better, when you fold the rear seats down, the cargo space is huge. Really, you could drop a fridge into the back of this thing. I don't really care about styling. Every car is basically a box on four wheels. It looks nice enough, but the big rear bumper asks, "does this make my butt look big?" It does actually. Stereo with bluetooth and iPod connectivity sounds nice but is seriously annoying to operate. We considered the Ford Focus and Mazda 3 hatchbacks. The Impreza is comparable in most respects, but has much more cargo volume, rear legroom, and AWD for about the same price.
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So far so good!

by from Denver, CO on March 6, 2012

I just returned from a 4000 mile trip from Colorado to Florida and back with our new Impreza Premium hatchback with CVT. During the trip we got to know the strengths and weaknesses of the car pretty w...
I just returned from a 4000 mile trip from Colorado to Florida and back with our new Impreza Premium hatchback with CVT. During the trip we got to know the strengths and weaknesses of the car pretty well. We owned a 2005 Impreza 2.5RS 4 door sport edition w/ 5spd manual before my son talked his mom out of it. The new Impreza is better in almost every way. It has a more roomy interior, better visibility, more rear seat room, has a very tight turning radius, is very comfortable over long distances, and has better performance (even with the smaller motor). The CVT does take some time getting used to, but works especially well with the cruise control and annoying downshifts when pulling hills and grades is virtually eliminated. All in all it's a great car around town and for long road trips. One downside is, however, the fair amount of interior plastic used especially on the doors. Much of it is not nearly as nice as the soft touch plastic used on the dash. Now for the not so good. I sure wish I knew how Subaru engineers get the 36 mpg average highway mileage indicated on the window sticker. When I read that Hyndai Elantra owners filled a class action suit against Hyundai over milage I though they were being rather silly and were in fact just heavy footed. On our trip we came to the conclusion that the only way to acheive the Subaru "estimates" is to drive at 55 to 60 mph on perfectly flat roads and with no head winds. Gas mileage seems to plumment as roads becomes more hilly or head winds are encountered. Our highest calculated mileage was 34 mpg which occured on flat Georgia and Florida roads at 65 mph. At a steady 70 mph we averaged 32.5 to 33 mpg and at 75 mph it dropped to 31.5 mpg or so. There was a 1.5 to 3.0 mpg discrepancy between calculated mileage and the trip computer. The computer was always more optimistic. Hopefully the car is still breaking in and highway gas mileage will improve as I bought the car primarily for taking road trips. Heck, my VW GTI (turbo) gets 31 to 33 mpg at interstate speeds and I was hoping for something better than that. The 27 mpg city rating is more realistic as we have averaged that (per the computer) to date.
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Exactly what I wanted

by from Cleveland, OH on August 11, 2012

After 19 years of owning 2 Saturns, I was looking for AWD with good mileage, and I found it in the 2012 Impreza. It is averaging 33 mpg so far (combination city and highway.) Love the quiet ride and s...
After 19 years of owning 2 Saturns, I was looking for AWD with good mileage, and I found it in the 2012 Impreza. It is averaging 33 mpg so far (combination city and highway.) Love the quiet ride and smooth, solid feel. I have owned it for 2 weeks (550 miles) so it is early but so far I am not at all sorry. This is my first Subaru.
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Great car!

by from New Jersey on March 15, 2012

I was worried, at first, in buying a brand new version of the Impreza, but having 3 previous Subaru Foresters, I had my faith in Subaru! I babied the car through the break in period, which I did for m...
I was worried, at first, in buying a brand new version of the Impreza, but having 3 previous Subaru Foresters, I had my faith in Subaru! I babied the car through the break in period, which I did for my past Subaru cars. I was totally impressed with the interior size and especially the back seat. The ride is tight and blind spots are almost non existant. I was worried about getting use to the CVT trans, but after a week or so of getting use to no shifting points, I love it. I was very surprised with the pickup, although acceleration does flatten out as you drive, its not bad. The large front window with its angle gives you an excellent view of the road. By moving the side mirrors to the doors, allows Subaru to put in a small,what I call vent window, to allow better side visibility. I purchased the 5 door Premium hatch and just love the car. Gas mileage has constantly improved with more mileage driven and the warmer weather doesn't hurt either. Presently I have 1,950 miles on the Impreza and averaging over 30 MPG (mainly highway driving). The front seats are very comfortable and thats coming from someone who had back surgery. If theres anything that disappoints me was the radio, not the best in sound quality, and the handling during windy days on the highway, but the new Impreza gets thumbs up from me! Excellent car in almost every area.
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best allround compact car

by from cincinnati,oh on August 10, 2012

the new Impeza is an absolute ball to drive. I love the cvt trans especially using the paddle shifters without needing to pull the selector in the manual mode. when pulling away from a stop, if you do...
the new Impeza is an absolute ball to drive. I love the cvt trans especially using the paddle shifters without needing to pull the selector in the manual mode. when pulling away from a stop, if you don't want the engine to stay in the high rev mode simply click on the right paddle and it snaps a shift to the next ratio. samegoes with a quick downshift to slow yourself down or in anticapated an upcomming low speed turn or hill a quick click on the left paddle and you have the right ratio for a quick manuver. It really likes highway cruising.visability all around is the best in class Its like driving a Miata with 5 doors
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even better than expected

by from on March 22, 2012

You know the knocks. "Mushy CTV." "Ugly styling." "No power." Not! The CVT is a dream once you learn how it works. I've come to like the look of the hatch. There's plenty of power in almost all situat...
You know the knocks. "Mushy CTV." "Ugly styling." "No power." Not! The CVT is a dream once you learn how it works. I've come to like the look of the hatch. There's plenty of power in almost all situations, and in a pinch the paddle shifters can help. But mostly, Consumer Reports got it right: this is the top compact car, period. The interior is nearly perfect, the ride is superb. On a 270-mile drive from Denver into the mountains, over two passes at 10,600 and 11.300 feet and at 70 mph, the Impreza had power to spare. Oh, and it turned in 34.5 mpg for the trip. The optional cross-bar roof rack is nice, easy to put on and take off--which is good, because it cuts fuel economy by almost 2 mpg. The moonroof is also a worthwhile option, as are the heated seats here in CO. The more I drive this baby, the more I like it.
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2012 Impreza Ice Silver Limited Sedan

by from Pocono Mountains, PA on May 18, 2012

This is my first new car in quite a while so I did a lot of research before opting for the Impreza. I really wanted to try to buy American but no American Car Maker offers anything like the Impreza. G...
This is my first new car in quite a while so I did a lot of research before opting for the Impreza. I really wanted to try to buy American but no American Car Maker offers anything like the Impreza. Good looks, comfortable, great gas mileage, and of course, AWD. I ended up ordering a car the end of March because I could not find one equipped the way I wanted at any of my local dealers. I picked the car up a few days ago and I couldn't be happier. I was a little concerned about real world gas mileage based on things I've read on the web, but that concern was unfounded. I've got a few hundred miles on the car and am averaging 35 MPG with mostly back road driving. I know a lot of people are critical of the CVT but I think it's great. It seems to wring the most out of the smallish motor and makes it feel very peppy. The interior of the car is very nice and I especially love the leather seating... well done Subaru. I owned an Outback and a Legacy GT previously, and this is without a doubt a huge step forward for Subaru. I am still trying to figure out how to pair my phone with the Bluetooth and also how to set the Homelink to open my garage door, but I am sure those two problems are more user error than anything to do with Subaru. I am very, very happy with this car and would highly recommend it to anyone considering a small practical sedan or wagon.
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Best drive of my life.

by from Goose Creek, SC on April 11, 2012

I bought a Subaru because I wanted something all wheel drive but hated driving large vehicles. I test drove a few cars before making my purchase simply to make sure I was making the right decision for...
I bought a Subaru because I wanted something all wheel drive but hated driving large vehicles. I test drove a few cars before making my purchase simply to make sure I was making the right decision for me. I will say that I ended up purchasing the Limited model of the car and I love all the special perks it came with. The sliding arm rest is slightly lower than I would like it to be, but the sun roof, fog lights and all weather mats that were included were great. I have driven this car over 3000mi in the first month of owning it, and many of those miles were in the famous down pouring rain of SC. The Impreza handles magnificently, so glad I found this car!
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The car is ok.

by from Chicago IL on February 19, 2013

Pros: comfortable seats, controls are placed in easy to reach places, roomy. standard AWD Cons: too loud on the highway, bad blue tooth connectivity, advertised mileage are higher than the mileage you...
Pros: comfortable seats, controls are placed in easy to reach places, roomy. standard AWD Cons: too loud on the highway, bad blue tooth connectivity, advertised mileage are higher than the mileage you really get. squeaky noise in the dashboard. Can not talk about reliability yet since I had a car for only 5000 miles. Bottom line there are better car for the same money out there.
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