2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Subaru Impreza WRX review notes

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ASSOCIATE JAKE LINGEMAN: I had this Subaru Impreza WRX for the weekend, and I was by how little I missed our long-term Impreza WRX STI version. This car almost all of the fun, without of the drawbacks of the hard-core model.

The WRX is 40 hp from its big brother, but in between rpm and 5,000 rpm you#8217;ll hardly It makes the same sounds as the STI and off the line with the same Unfortunately, fuel mileage seem to improve; my two fill ups about 19 mpg.

I did like the of an old-school five-speed manual in the instead of the six in our sedan. The cogs be held for a bit longer, and there are no steps to get into reverse. the STI, the driver doesn#8217;t to shift out of top gear to pass on the

Also, the shifter felt in the hand. There wasn#8217;t a lot of from any of the linkage parts.

The and suspension are both softer the STI. I put a good amount of on the car over the weekend, and not having to every road imperfection was a I didn#8217;t realize how stiff our car actually was until I jumped in one.

Ninety percent of the having a softer suspension and steering are a good thing. But few times when you do want the sharpness of the STI you#8217;ll miss it. for me, spirited driving wasn#8217;t on Saturday or Sunday.

I still like the sedan better than this I like the big wing on the four-door, I wouldn#8217;t trade for the extra of the hatch. I might be alone in

I also love this color much better the WR blue.

So, the upgraded STI gets you power, upgraded brakes and the center differential. If you#8217;re for a track car, that#8217;s the one to But if you want a car that#8217;s good except when being to 10/10ths, the WRX will do.

And being less expensive doesn#8217;t either.

AUTOWEEK.COM EDITOR JEWETT: I spent a night in the WRX some errands, and I echo sentiments that a slightly Subaru is a better Subaru for driving.

Now, slightly doesn#8217;t mean flabby. My felt nicely positioned and held in place by the bolsters on the and the cushion of the driver#8217;s chair.

The engine has that familiar grumble. It pulls strongly you get the tach above the 1,500 and keeps on pulling to redline. I have preferred a sixth gear on the transmission–more than out of habit, I tried to shift up fifth gear, with to go but reverse.

No damage done. the clutch on this car is a bit grabby, a premium on getting some on the clock and keeping them as you roll away from a

I made no attempt to push suspension to the limit. But for side-street and duty the steering feels directly to the front wheels no play. Want to change Think about it and it#8217;s

The WRX telegraphs its sporty intentions as a amount of jolting makes its way the cabin on expansion joints and imperfections. But this isn#8217;t a car, and the jolts are well acceptable limits.

If you can#8217;t the full-zoot WRX STI, you won#8217;t be by taking this version. And $69 for the all-weather floor mats is a

ROAD TEST EDITOR WONG: I#8217;ve always the WRX as the best performance bang for the in the Impreza lineup. In the case of test car, for less $27,000 you can have 244 hp and 244 lb-ft of available to you at the press of the right all-wheel-drive grip and a respectable The WRX took a big step forward Subaru upgraded both the WRX and the WRX STI to both of them up for the 2011 year.

For the WRX, the track was stiffer rear-suspension subframe were added and wider and tires were installed.

a styling standpoint, the WRX received the panels from its STI big brother for a menacing look, which is a thing. Before the update, the WRX dull and didn#8217;t have of a visual impact rolling the street.

From behind the you have the turbo boxer emitting its familiar, deep note, with good in the middle of the rev-range. There#8217;s a of turbo lag before it pulls strong, but not enough to be upsetting. The manual shifter is easy to row with a slight rubber which is nothing a quality short shifter couldn#8217;t

The suspension improvements help the car a more planted feeling in but it doesn#8217;t come at the cost of quality. There#8217;s a good of damping tuned in to make driving comfortable enough, there is still some through curves, but it#8217;s to close to what the WRX was like a of years ago. My one complaint I have about the WRX and the WRX STI is that I a more direct steering

As is, it#8217;s numb-feeling compared the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart or which is this Impreza#8217;s logical and main competitor. is one department in which the diamond wins hands down the Subies.

As for the interior, yeah, difficult to find a soft-touch in there. The good news is there are plenty of soft-touch in the new Impreza, while this WRX is based on the old model. Subaru announced when the new WRX will but my guess would be within a

But if you#8217;re shopping a WRX, are that you#8217;re in it for performance and are to overlook the inexpensive interior for the thrills the car provides. With its of power, good handling, stability and available hatchback, the WRX is still a great, practical car.

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW I jumped into the Subaru WRX after spending five days in a 2012 Volkswagen R, and the experience was a great example of two to the same goal. Yes, I the VW is 10 grand more expensive and and all of that good stuff. But an all-wheel-drive hot hatch with engine output, so the comparison was interesting.

I#8217;ll confess to not been a big fan of our long-term STI, a I once revealed to our own Davey after which he waxed over the merits of the five-speed in the base WRX versus the six-speed in the As mentioned, the transmission makes a difference in the car#8217;s flexibility.

The WRX has of torque to handle the wider and, at least during driving, you feel as if you have to less hard to accomplish the thing with fewer The important thing is that the WRX the same glorious hyper-wind-up-toy from the engine bay as the STI.

But the is a sore point. You couldn#8217;t bother to pad the armrest, Subaru? single plastic in the cockpit is and shiny, and the multimedia interface as it is) appears to be at least a generation

The aluminum pedals are a nice and the important parts–the wheel and the spot-on, but the car feels really from the driver#8217;s seat, compared with the Volkswagen R and even the lesser GTI.

in the grand scheme of things, if it my money and I were in the market for a hot it would be hard to overlook the value proposition the WRX makes. On one the car is a blast to drive, and I think the of the five-door blends just practicality with the boy-racer to appeal to those of us not in our 20s. On the the interior is awful, the fuel is pitiful, and the Ford Mustang V6 and the Genesis coupe would compelling alternatives at a similar point.

NEWS EDITOR GREG This is a pure, fun-to-drive with excellent dynamics, a engine and a middling interior. will appreciate the five-speed, is easy, simple and enjoyable to Downshifting is fun, and launches as one through the lower gears are

The engine is responsive, and this allows the driver to wring the out of this Subie for spirited

I like the look of the hatch. tasteful, functional and something a lot of could actually find in their everyday lives. The is below standard, however, chintzy plastics all over the and dash. The easy-to-read and sporty and athletic, upright seats, are solid redeeming qualities.

My is that this cabin a sporty-driving and -appearing car feel which for this price close to sandbagging the value

Behind the wheel, however, thing does make one to drive, and drive fast. The is light but pleasing, the chassis is enough, and the all-wheel drive and the body make this more than up for the tasks for driving mixed in with verve.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I like about this car except the on that in a second.

I#8217;m the Subaru Impreza WRX#8217;s grip and hatchback body–that#8217;s all This car would actually be a purchase for me. I could haul the when needed and fold the seat down and haul a of stuff when the occasion for that.

I like the exterior a lot, with its purposeful and look.

There is plenty of and grip. I suppose roll be cut a bit, and I#8217;d like a crisper shifter, but the overall is a hoot.

Back to the interior: I believe how bad the materials are. I we beef about that a bit around here, but good Everything you see and touch is hard, plastic, including the right arm It#8217;s appalling in there.

The car a serious materials upgrade. I did the seats, though.

2012 Impreza WRX 5-door

Base $26,345

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter turbocharged H4; five-speed manual

Output: 265 hp @ rpm, 244 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Weight: 3,208 lb

Fuel (EPA/ AW ): 21/20.2 mpg

Options: XM radio kit ($427); all-weather mats ($69)

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