2012 Subaru Impreza

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2012 Subaru Impreza Front Left Side View
The Impreza is the least expensive Subaru, and one of the least expensive four-wheel-drive cars you can buy. Previously, those were pretty much the extent of its selling points, but a redesign for 2012 has made the Impreza a much stronger offering.
The most notable improvement is in gas mileage, where the Impreza now claims the title of most fuel efficient AWD car; it's also as economical as many front-wheel-drive compacts. Although the Impreza has, commendably, dropped a few pounds, a major factor in its newfound economy is the switch to a smaller engine: from a 2.5-liter to a 2.0-liter four. Power has dropped from 170 hp to 148 hp, and torque has similarly slipped from 170 pound-feet to 145. Subaru claims that even so, automatic-equipped Imprezas are quicker than before, but that's to be expected with a CVT replacing the previous four-speed autobox. The stick-shift version is almost certainly no quicker, but it's not agonizingly slow either. The characteristic Subaru boxer-engine burble remains; it's pretty muted unless you run the tach needle past 4000 rpm or so.
The manual is only a 5-speed; at first you might think a 6-speed would get even better mileage, at least on the highway, but then you realize that this engine doesn't make a whole lot of torque down low, so a taller top gear probably wouldn't be such a great idea. If you want better mileage, you have to go for the CVT, which bumps the highway figure up from 34 to 36 mpg. Rather than a sixth gear, what I'd really like for the manual is slicker shift action. Also, the clutch takes some getting used to, as is often the case with Subarus, but an owner likely would adjust.
Happily, the new electric power steering (another element in the quest for greater fuel economy) is well tuned, decently weighted, and feels remarkably like a hydraulic system. Ride quality is not bad, and the 50/50 default torque split helps keep the car from feeling terribly front-heavy in corners.
Seeing around corners -- or out of the car at all -- is refreshingly easy. Visibility is all too often ignored in car design today, but evidently not here. Subaru claims to have lowered the dashboard, raised the seating position, and moved the base of the windshield forward by nearly 8 inches. Those changes, together with the slim A-pillars, are significant enough to materially improve the driver's view out.
The Impreza interior has been upgraded, with softer-touch panels and cloth upholstery that's nicer than you usually find. The design is fairly plain, but not offensive, and the simple, high-quality switchgear is welcome. That's not to say that bit of bright trim (or at least not black) wouldn't be welcome. It would.
Fancier Imprezas are available -- the Limited even comes with standard leather -- but they very quickly creep up into Legacy price territory. My 2.0i Premium test car, on the other hand, was one small step up from the base model. The Premium adds Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a better stereo with an iPod input, a rear stabilizer bar, and 16-inch alloys. In contrast to most press cars, it was parsimoniously equipped, with only two options: the all-weather package (heated seats and mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer) and all-weather floor mats (strangely, not part of the all-weather package). As such, it was sort-of the New England Edition - ready for winter, but with no frills. Still, it did strike me as a very livable, all-wheel-drive sedan for only $20,000. And after all, building cars for no-nonsense New Englanders -- and those who think like them -- is exactly what made Subaru popular to begin with.

2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium

Base price (with destination): $19,745
Price as tested: $20,414
Standard Equipment:
2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
5-speed manual transmission
Permanent 4-wheel drive
Hill-holder clutch
4-wheel independent suspension
Seven air bags
Power windows
Power door locks w/remote
Power mirrors
16-inch alloy wheels
AM/FM/CD audio system w/aux input jack and USB port
Steering-wheel audio controls
Bluetooth
Cruise control
Tilt/telescopic steering column
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
60/40 split-fold rear seat
Options on this vehicle:
All-weather package - $500
Heated front seats
Heated side mirrors
Windshield wiper de-icer All weather floor mats - $69
Key options not on vehicle:
Navigation
Power moonroof
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
25 / 34 / 28 mpg
Engine:
2.0L H-4
Horsepower: 148 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Drive:
Four-wheel
Transmission:
5-speed manual
Curb weight: 2954 lb
Wheels/tires:
16 x 6.5 inch aluminum alloy
205/55R16 Yokohama Avid S30 tires
Competitors:
Chevrolet Cruze
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte
Mazda3
Nissan Sentra
Toyota Corolla
2012 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Front Left Side View
The 2012 Subaru Impreza is lighter than its predecessor. It's better looking and its fuel economy is vastly improved. It's also faster and the exhaust pipe emits only ice cream. The ice cream is magic and if you eat it, you won't get fat and everyone will think you're sexy. Impreza? This car will influence so many people, they should've called it the Influenza.
2012 Subaru Impreza Front Left Side View
There's no doubt that the 2012 Impreza is, in fact, better looking and stingier with a gallon of gas. But I'm not completely buying Subaru's assertion that it's also quicker. The revised car lost a maximum of 165 pounds. Meanwhile, the new 2.0-liter flat-four is down 22 horsepower and 25 lb-ft of torque compared to the old 2.5-liter. To the naked eyeball, it wouldn't seem that 165 pounds would cancel out that kind of power loss, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't. Subaru is careful to apply the "quicker" designation to cars equipped with an automatic transmission, and that transmission has morphed from a prehistoric four-speed automatic to a very nice CVT. So combine the diet with the new transmission, and you get a car that sneaks under the 10-second mark on 0-60 runs, a few tenths faster than its predecessor. But when you ask about the five-speed car, Subaru people suddenly go all Oliver North and can't really remember much about the numbers. Well, here they are: The lightest version of the old Impreza had a power to weight ratio of 17.96 pounds per horsepower. The new car is dragging 19.66 pounds per horsepower. That's a significant difference, and despite some tinkering with the ratios in the five-speed, I'd put my money on the 2011 model in a drag race.
Yes, I've devoted probably too much energy to thinking about power to weight ratios in naturally aspirated Imprezas. My official prediction is that the automatic car will be a little quicker, the manual car will be a little slower and in any case no one who buys a non-WRX Impreza will care. The librarians of Vermont don't race for pink slips.
But they do care about mileage, and in that respect the new Impreza embarrasses its predecessor. The CVT-equipped car actually gets better city mileage (27 mpg) than the four-speed automatic model could manage on the highway. With a combined economy rating of 28 mpg for the manual and 30 mpg for the automatic, Subaru says the automatic Impreza is the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car you can buy in the U.S. And that newfound thrift carries benefits into other areas, too -- for instance, a smaller gas tank allows a flat load floor in the five-door, which is one of the ways that Subaru increased interior volume while maintaining the same footprint as the 2011 model.
That interior is also a much finer habitat than before. The dashboard is covered in soft-touch materials and leather is an option for the first time on a non-turbocharged Impreza. On cars with a navigation system, the route planner dispenses an amazing amount of detail. Want to know how many kilograms of CO2 you'll emit on the way to the Sierra Club meeting? The Impreza will tell you exactly how guilty to feel.
After spending a day attacking the low mountains of the Berkshires in both five-speed and automatic Imprezas, I'd say that this car absolutely owns the title for "chassis that could handle significantly more horsepower." On one long on-ramp, I kept feeding in power on the expectation that the tires would start howling and the front end would wash out. But by the time the rubber began to voice any protest, I was far exceeding the speed limit on the highway ahead and my driving partner was looking faintly concerned about his choice of companionship for the day. With all-wheel-drive, the boxer engine's low center of gravity and double wishbones out back -- what we around here refer to as "classy rear suspension" -- the base Impreza is a lot of fun in the corners. Which makes sense, since it's basically a WRX without the power.
The new 2.0-liter is smoother than growly old 2.5-liter, but you're regularly aware that the torque peak is north of 4,000 rpm, especially with the CVT. Normally CVTs cause me to make a face like someone who smelled a fart, but this one features shift paddles on the steering wheel that allow you to hold one of six preset ratios if, say, you're terrorizing an on-ramp in rural Connecticut. I'd still go for the five-speed, but if you bought the automatic, I'd understand.
The base Impreza 2.0i with a five-speed goes for $18,245, making it one of the nicest all-wheel-drive cars for under 20 grand, as well as one of the only all-wheel-drive cars for under 20 grand. In other words, Subaru probably could've cheapened it out and hit their sales targets anyway, so it's admirable that they went in the other direction. In particular, dropping weight costs money, and the new Impreza's diet included the increased use of pricier high-strength steel. The improved interior materials aren't free, either, so it's impressive that Subaru carried over the old base price.
However, when I don my green-tinted visor and take a gimlet-eyed look at the numbers, I spy an unlikely all-wheel-drive competitor for the newly suave Impreza: the Legacy. Depending on which trim level you choose, the Legacy can be cheaper than the Impreza. An Impreza 2.0i Limited costs $22,345, while a Legacy 2.5i Premium with the all-weather package goes for $22,220. And the Legacy is a bigger (but not much heavier) car, with 170 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Granted, a $22,000 Legacy wouldn't have leather or a 36-mpg highway rating, but the price overlap will surely cause more than a few moments of introspection on Subaru lots across the land.
But if you're reading this article, your Impreza thought process is probably off in another direction entirely. You're thinking something that occurred to me more than once during my day in the Berkshires: This thing is going to make a hell of a WRX.
2012 Subaru Impreza
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Base Price: $18,245
Powertrain
Engine:
2.0-liter H-4
Power: 148 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, continuously automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
EPA fuel economy (city/highway): 25/33 mpg (manual); 27/33 mpg (CVT)
Measurements (sedan)
Length:
180.3 in
Width: 68.5 in
Height: 57.6 in
Wheelbase: 104.1 in
Cargo capacity: 12.0 cu ft
Measurements (hatch)
Length:
173.8 in
Width: 68.5 in
Height: 57.6 in
Wheelbase: 104.1 in
Cargo capacity (rear seats up/down): 22.4/49.7 cu ft
2012 Subaru Impreza
2012 Subaru Impreza
Like all Subarus, the Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive. This used to be a penalty when it came to fuel economy ratings, but the 2012 Impreza has a new 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that's rated at 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway when equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission. The WRX and STI models continue to use turbocharged 2.5-liter engines that aren't terribly efficient, but they more than make up for that with their exhilarating performance. Electric power steering is now standard on all Imprezas but the WRX and the STI. Thanks to a redesign, the Impreza is more stylish than the previous model, but we still prefer the aggressive look of an STI over that of the base car any day. The redesigned Impreza has all the typical safety appointments, better fuel economy, and a more luxurious interior, and yet Subaru has still managed to hold the line on pricing. The Impreza remains one of the best bargains on the market, but it doesn't come across as a cheap car when you look at it or drive it. Increases in trunk capacity and rear-seat legroom are sure to please shoppers who found the old Impreza a bit cramped.
2014 Subaru WRX Front Three Quarter 1
Subaru enthusiasts have been impatiently waiting for an all-new WRX variant of the Impreza compact. Well, the wait may soon be over – our spy photographer caught this mule for what looks to be the next-gen WRX out testing in the desert alongside a current-generation WRX.
Subaru WRX STI 340R Rear Three Quarter
Subaru has a habit of blessing Japan and Europe -- but not America -- with ever-faster versions of its WRX and WRX STI performance cars. The latest is the WRX STI 340R, which goes on sale in the U.K. alongside the existing WRX STI 320R.
2012 Subaru WRX Club Spec Front Three Quarter
Subaru has updated its WRX STI model line yet again, but not here in North America. Instead, Japanese customers will see subtle tweaks to cars sold in their market, while Australian buyers will be able to order a new limited-edition Club Spec WRX model.
2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Front Left View
It's easy to write off systems like Subaru's SI-Drive as gimmicks that are more about marketing than real-world utility, but the STI benefits from the SI-Drive system. Driving around in the Intelligent setting makes the car a little smoother and slightly more economical. Bumping up to S# setting gives the car much better throttle response that makes rev-matched downshifts extremely easy and is perfectly situated for track use or very spirited driving.

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Lago And 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Rear
On this week's episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago puts the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI through its paces on the track and off the beaten path where this rally-bred Subaru belongs.

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2012 Subaru Impreza Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
Horsepower:
148 hp @ 6200rpm
Torque:
145 ft lb of torque @ 4200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
Consequences
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
47,419
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
Consequences
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
47,419
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 IMPREZA SEDANS AND WAGONS (EXCEPT WRX/STI MODELS), MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 21, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2011, AND LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 17, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 23, 2011. THESE VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER THAT COULD MALFUNCTION AND CAUSE AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL DISTANCE REQUIRED TO SLOW OR STOP THE VEHICLE.
Consequences
THE DRIVER MIGHT MISJUDGE THE AMOUNT OF BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED STOPPING DISTANCE. THIS COULD OCCUR UNEXPECTEDLY AND WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE IT, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
32,685
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
AIR BAGS: PASSENGER OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2012 model year Subaru Impreza 4-Door and Station Wagon vehicles (except WRX/STI models) manufactured April 21, 2011, to February 16, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) may deactivate if a front seat passenger operates a device that is plugged into the power outlet such as a music player or cell phone, or touches a metal part of the vehicle such as the forward/rearward seat adjuster lever.
Consequences
If the ODS deactivates, the front passenger air bag will be turned off and the front passenger air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Occupant Control Unit with a modified one, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQT-55.
Potential Units Affected
32,400
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
3
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
3
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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