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2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

$16,639 — $30,851 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Engine performance
  • Handling
  • Adjustable center differential (STI)

The Bad

  • WRX deserves a six-speed gearbox
  • STI sedan's giant wing spoiler
2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
  • High-performance offshoots of the Impreza
  • Sedan or hatchback body style
  • 265-hp WRX or 305-hp WRX STI
  • Brembo-brand brakes (STI)
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

While the compact Impreza has been completely redesigned for 2012, the high-performance WRX and WRX STI variants are mostly unchanged. The five-seat WRX is more powerful than the regular Impreza but not as unfettered as the WRX STI. Competitors include the Mazdaspeed3 and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

New for 2012
The WRX and WRX STI have a new navigation system option, and the WRX STI sedan gets new 18-inch wheels.

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The WRX has a wide body and aggressive exterior styling. Features include wider fenders, squared-off bumpers, a black grille and a functional hood scoop used to funnel air into the turbocharged engine's intercooler. The sedan's taillights are red, whereas the hatch has clear lenses.

The WRX's suspension is firmer than the regular Impreza's. The standard wheels are 17 inches, and they're 8 inches wide for better grip.

The WRX employs a turbocharged version of Subaru's 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder that generates 265 horsepower and 244 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission, and the standard all-wheel drive uses a viscous coupling center differential.

The WRX's interior features sport seats with checkered black cloth upholstery and red accent stitching. The pedals and dead pedal have aluminum alloy covers.

The leather steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and it incorporates buttons for the cruise control and audio system. A single-CD stereo fea...

Vehicle Overview

While the compact Impreza has been completely redesigned for 2012, the high-performance WRX and WRX STI variants are mostly unchanged. The five-seat WRX is more powerful than the regular Impreza but not as unfettered as the WRX STI. Competitors include the Mazdaspeed3 and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

New for 2012
The WRX and WRX STI have a new navigation system option, and the WRX STI sedan gets new 18-inch wheels.

(Skip to details on the: WRX STI)

The WRX has a wide body and aggressive exterior styling. Features include wider fenders, squared-off bumpers, a black grille and a functional hood scoop used to funnel air into the turbocharged engine's intercooler. The sedan's taillights are red, whereas the hatch has clear lenses.

The WRX's suspension is firmer than the regular Impreza's. The standard wheels are 17 inches, and they're 8 inches wide for better grip.

The WRX employs a turbocharged version of Subaru's 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder that generates 265 horsepower and 244 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission, and the standard all-wheel drive uses a viscous coupling center differential.

The WRX's interior features sport seats with checkered black cloth upholstery and red accent stitching. The pedals and dead pedal have aluminum alloy covers.

The leather steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and it incorporates buttons for the cruise control and audio system. A single-CD stereo features Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free cellular capability along with USB and analog jacks for controlling or simply playing an MP3 player through the stereo. Other standard features include remote keyless entry and automatic climate control. The WRX Premium adds heated seats and side mirrors, a moonroof and projector-beam fog lights. The WRX Limited adds leather upholstery and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.


WRX STI
The STI version of the WRX comes in sedan or hatchback form. Its suspension is tuned with higher spring rates and thicker stabilizer bars and remains a step firmer and more performance oriented than the regular WRX. Its version of the turbo four-cylinder engine produces 305 hp and 290 pounds-feet of torque. Its six-speed manual joins a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with limited-slip front and rear differentials. The center differential has three driver-selectable performance modes and variable torque distribution settings. The brakes use Brembo-brand four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers. The alloy wheels measure 18 by 8.5 inches. The STI has quad tailpipes — enlarged to 3 inches in diameter — and the sedan has a huge rear wing spoiler. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Great family car

by AshleyC from Peabody, MA on August 28, 2018

I commute roughly 1-2 hours a day and this car was perfect for the long rides, fuel efficiency, and performance. Can?t wait to see how well the all-wheel drive come winter! Read full review

(5.0)

Great car, a little pricey but worth it

by Starsfan9 from Norfolk, Virginia on July 8, 2018

Car was great. A fun toy. Fast and handled perfectly. The cars leather seats were nice and the heating feature helped a lot in the winter. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impreza WRX STi received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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