- sedan 45,367
- below average 3,019
- 11,461 great
- Oakland, CA
- 3 months
- below average 3,019 sedan 45,367 gasoline black manual
2012 subaru impreza review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. All-new, and chic. introductionthe more things change, the more they stay the same; that adage has applied to subaru for decades. These concise, tough, traditionally plain cars have an exceptionally devoted following in the marketplace, largely because subarus have the lived-in familiarity of a favorite pair of old shoes. But for 2012, something new, and almost un-subaru, has been added. the new 2012 impreza is the most dashing, stylish car subaru has ever dared produce. Given subaru's conservative, don't-rush-me tradition, this 2012 impreza is, in its own way, revolutionary. At a stellar 36 mpg highway/27 mpg city on the epa cycle, the impreza is the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car in america. At the same time, while many competing cars continue to get heavier, the new impreza, depending on model and equipment, has lost up to 165 pounds in curb weight, contributing to increased fuel efficiency. subaru has long established itself as a builder of rugged small cars. According to the company, 95 percent of subarus sold in the past 10 years are still on the road. Only the loss of six weeks' production due to the tsunami in japan slowed 2011 sales. But the efficient new 2012 impreza, starting at the same base price as the 2011 impreza, achieves a significant jump in efficiency, value for dollar and appeal. Most models come standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox; a cvt continuously variable transmission (which works like an automatic) adds $1,000. Input jack, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, windshield wiper de-icers, auto on/off lights, climate control, chrome exterior door handles and grille accents, chrome-trim fog lights, leather upholstery, leather steering wheel and shifter, dual rear cup holders. The new car's wheelbase is one inch longer than the previous impreza, and the base of its a-pillar has been moved a massive 7. 9 inches forward. This slants the windshield steeply back resulting in a sleek, modern profile. this aggressive cabin shape, besides looking great, allows subaru designers to achieve startling improvements in interior space and efficiency. The new impreza is roomier, more comfortable and easier to get in and out of. A major element in this improvement is the fact that front door opening is almost five inches longer front to rear. The lower lip of the doorsill is also one inch lower than in the previous model, adding to ease of entry. The rear door opening is also longer, achieving the same benefits. All of this in a car that isn't one inch longer than the previous-generation model. in other respects, the new impreza is a pleasing, modern shape. The nose is aggressive, with dual low air intakes, shrouded for the lowest amount of aerodynamic drag. The rakishly shaped headlight clusters seem to glower with determination. The impreza's sides have three character lines, thrusting downward and ahead. Finally, the wheel wells are surrounded by a distinctive flat semicircular bevel that keeps the profile from looking too heavy. a stiffer chassis floor for 2012 allows the suspension to react more accurately to changing loads and more spirited driving. all in all, the 2012 impreza is one of the most attractive small cars in the marketplace, replacing the cheap/minimalist theme of some others with an appearance of true chic. interiorentering the cabin for the first time, the 2012 impreza has an airy, nicely stylish feel, with a relatively low beltline and a large greenhouse with large windows that welcome the outside world. The instrumentation on the dash looks simple and straightforward, as opposed to high-tech and demanding. It is a look that is fully in keeping with subaru's geewhiz-free approach. But the controls are by no means a throwback to the previous (2008-2011) model. The main dials for engine speed (redline 6600 rpm) and vehicle speed are black-on-white and almost disappointingly plain in keeping with subaru's no-nonsense tone. The cruise control, audio control and hands-free phone controls on the steering wheel were dead simple, with little toggles that did their job well. A small multi-function info display is located.
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