2012 Subaru Impreza, an Autoweek Flash Drive Car Review – Autoweek

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2012 Subaru Impreza, an Flash Drive Car Review

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With the fourth-generation Impreza, aims to remedy a few of the major faced with the previous The first hiccup to the Impreza’s involved styling because#8212;let’s be here–the old car didn’t look all stellar, particularly in sedan In fact, the sales split the four-door sedan and the five-door was roughly 40/60.

Yeah, the outsold the sedan, which is not in the United States.

To make the new car on the eyes, styling falls in with that seen on the Legacy with a hexagonal and sharper lines. The front of the was moved forward by 7.9 inches for a windshield rake to also make the front-door openings for easier entry and exit.

Improvements are also noticeable with the addition of soft-touch for the majority of the dashboard and door Outward visibility improves a thinner A-pillar (thanks to the use of high-strength steel), the exterior are now mounted on the doors (instead of on the seat hip points are higher and the is lower and flatter. In back, enjoy almost two additional of legroom thanks to a wheelbase grows by one inch.

Another comes from the scalloped of the front seats.

The second the old Impreza faced was less-than-stellar economy from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With an EPA of 20/27 mpg city/highway for manual and 20/26 mpg city/highway for the four-speed versions, it was a far cry from many of the entries that are putting up highway numbers. For that, set out to develop its first all-new in 20 years.

The new 2.0-liter boxer four is and now sports dual overhead cam and variable valve timing for intake and exhaust valves.

the available four-speed automatic is an continuously variable transmission, is smaller and lighter than the one in the Legacy and the Outback, and it has wider coverage. Together with the new the CVT helps the Impreza achieve an EPA rating of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. says that makes it the fuel-efficient AWD vehicle available in

The suspension retains the MacPherson in front and a double-wishbone configuration in the Refinements include a new front subframe, a rebound spring in the struts, thicker anitroll and pillow ball bushings in the

What is it like to drive?

is a level of refinement in the new Impreza owners of the previous model appreciate. The 2.0-liter engine is and peppy for the class even packing 22 hp less than the old engine. However, one needs to that the new car can be more than 160 lighter than its predecessor on trim and equipment. We first a 2.5i Premium model the optional CVT and it was fine.

Premium and trims with the CVT come with a six-speed simulated mode and steering-wheel paddle First through third shifts were sluggish, but to fourth, fifth and sixth noticeably crisper. The engine is didn’t mind revving to the and is without a lot of that boxer that marked the old engine.

The new suspension gives the Impreza a flavor than most of the into this segment the Mazda 3). Through winding of our drive route the car was planted and entertaining to sling around Of course, understeer happens you dive in too enthusiastically, but the car is still fun to

The ride is still well and small to large road were absorbed without

For maximum entertainment, we recommend for the third pedal (and $1,000 for not #8220;upgrading#8221; to the CVT). The is smoother and slots effortlessly gears#8212;it’s the best-shifting manual has done to date.

The additional soft-touch surfaces are and the outward view from the seat is great while the themselves kept us comfortable and through lateral maneuvers on our four-hour drive route.

Do I it?

You should, especially if you live in an that does get hit by winter. all-wheel drive in this no longer comes at the expense of economy and oddball looks. The new and the CVT (which will be the volume is a respectable pairing that the efficiency close to many of its rivals.

But again, for the drivers out stick with the manual.

And the new interior is a wonderful sight to The Volkswagen Jetta and Honda clearly cut corners in this while Subaru ramped up its

Subaru did say there was a third with the brand overall: didn’t usually consider for its portfolio of sedans. Wagons and such as the Forester and the Outback are they are best known for at the But with the new Impreza delivering on all the attributes now in addition to standard drive, people should be looking to them for sedan,

2012 Subaru Impreza

On November

Base Price:

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter, 148-hp, H4; AWD, five-speed manual

Weight: 2,910 lb

0-60 9.8 sec (mfr)

Fuel Economy 28 mpg

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