Review: 2012 Subaru Impreza | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Subaru

It#8217;s the particularly unpleasant of weather that Vancouver best: temperature hovering above zero degrees wind whipping a smirr of rain up and around uselessly umbrellas and directly into unprotected earhole, an all-pervading seeping up from the puddled and penetrating to the very bone. BC” my chilly posterior; today#8217;s as and wet as a Beluga#8217;s swim trunks.

again, it#8217;s also weather for testing out a new Subaru.

an early arrival to this having popped downtown on transit past the expected of traffic, and so walk into a empty press room. The assortment of items is laid out on the (if I ever decide to open a n#8217; thumb-drive emporium, got at least a year#8217;s worth of along with a Subaru-branded

A toque. How appropriate.

And how telling. the power-point presentation, we#8217;re a picture of a enormous Subaru mostly obscuring a silver Impreza sedan.

Besides the of not having to look at the carved-from-a-bar-of-Lever-2000 of last year#8217;s Subie, a message here.

The PR folks Subaru is a brand with associations. Mention it and the image springs to mind of a Forester two kayaks strapped to the roof and perfume by wet golden retriever. that, or some mud-caked, STi, flinging quad-roostertails of as it pop-pop-pops through the sharp of a forest stage, sandblasting the off Bambi and giving Thumper

Impreza? Oh, that#8217;s the cheapest one make. It#8217;s sturdy, and and about as … as a tarp.

not particularly efficient or stylish, but are the penalties you pay if want a small, car.

Not any more, so sayeth the sages. It#8217;s time for the line to get a divorce from the freeing the smallest Subie to be and dialled in for normally-aspirated fuel What#8217;s more, it#8217;s time to shift design – and – away from “rugged” to and by doing so, hopefully onto small-car buyer#8217;s shopping

From a styling perspective, the is already a triumph. Discounting the special WRXs – box flares and can be a kind of stylistic panacea there#8217;ve been about good-looking Subarus ever: new Impreza is one of them.

Side-by-side the old model, the sharp, angular of the Impreza go beyond “a breath of air.” Front headlights a touch of Dragonball-Z anime them, and the Impreza wears the new creases much better the slab-sided Legacy. The multi-spoke 17” of this Sport package great, but are sure to be a huge in the … to clean.

Other that, few of the styling improvements to have generated compromises. look at the comparative size of the in both cars. While the highly-raked windshield is immediately you can also see that the belt-line#8217;s down somewhat, improving

The big fix at the rear is, of course, getting rid of ghastly clear tail-lights – and dig rear spoiler – but blindspots really increased.

Inside, the also much better. a conservative layout, but quite and the amount of soft-touch plastic has I particularly liked the boiled-sweet of the park-anywhere button and the chunky on the HVAC controls seem for easy use by gloved hands.

are comfier too, if perhaps not bolstered.

Of course, there#8217;s plenty of room for interior – this is a Subaru after The tiny switchgear for the heated is crammed just aft of the emergency and tricky to use. The stereo is the old setup, and while there#8217;s connectivity, it#8217;s not exactly – I didn#8217;t have a chance to try out the audio upgrade.

The Multi-Function with the AWD use read-out (put me in of the old XT6) is a bit of fun, but it doesn#8217;t iPod functions.

Cargo-wise, the takes top bill-of-lading, with folding mostly-flat and transforming Impreza into a gravel-ready van. Better yet, sedan and 5-door have rear leg room from the stretched wheel-base, and the rear openings are also larger. of wind-noise-inducing frameless windows probably want to buy a CD of didgeridoo or something.

Anyone who#8217;s tried to cram a rear-facing in the back of an older Impreza doubtless appreciate the bigger portals, as well as the increased in both the sedan and hatchback Subaru showed a display three golfbags fitting in the back; fair enough, but more usefully could provided us with one of those running strollers that are a sand rail with However, a quick eyeball indicates such monstrosities fit.

Of the dozen vehicles available for only one had a manual transmission. In the of research and science, I Occupied it – else was clustered around for and tell on the display model.

what you need to know the new Impreza in terms of performance: the long-…, timing-chain-driven 2.0L engine has less power the old 2.5 lump (down from to 148hp), but the new chassis is slightly and lighter (by 165lbs). It is also than the outgoing model – at in a straight-line.

Subaru makes a big about the CVT-equipped car being slightly quicker to 60mph the automatic-equipped #8217;11, but let#8217;s it, the antediluvian 4EAT 4-speed doing the previous-gen any accelerative I think that thing was developed for use in Hannibal#8217;s Alp-crossing elephants.

With the 5-speed – tweaked for fuel economy a taller top gear – you notice the low-end power immediately. Is it a Not really.

It took a little to get out of the city and onto the leaf-littered and streets that run through the far part of West Vancouver. are narrow little capilliaries, and turning up and down the hilly looking like somebody vermicelli on the map.

The Mazda3 is the current benchmark for in the compact segment, right? with this new Impreza, should hold true up until it rains.

On these wet and roads, this little car is an gem. The steering is heavy and The grip from the all-wheel-drive is

New, fatter anti-roll do their job, and while I claim to feel the extra of having disc brakes at all corners now, the Impreza just fine.

Torque is a bit but it#8217;s not a bother to continually gears to keep things on the This is essentially the same as the old Impreza, but it has a decent shifter Cost may be an issue here, but a with closer ratios be better, given the very power.

Also, heel-and-toers note: you can rev-match your but a new brake-override system is going to up fancy footwork.

The little lacks the lumpy character of the but it#8217;s got a gruff little to remind you it#8217;s a boxer, and as it#8217;s fun to wring it out a little. said that, you will yourself wishing for more but it#8217;s only because the is so well-composed: it sticks and sticks and and then very slightly wide.

Stepping out of the stick-shift and into a Impreza, things get a little sporting, but remain good A continuously terrible transmission is going to be the enthusiast#8217;s choice, but all thoughts of the hair-scrunchie-driveline Justy your head: Subaru#8217;s CVT is actually quite good.

As isn#8217;t much twist 4k from the 2.0L boxer (145lb/ft at 4200rpm), ascending one of the mountains in the CVT-equipped car meant four thousand revs was we were hanging out. during stop-and-go driving, the CVT was and well-behaved, and the paddle-shifters were a bit of fun. Not that it#8217;s an term, but the car felt less than the CVT-equipped #8217;12 I drove right afterwards.

The story in the CVT-equipped car was not so much the which proved perfectly but the way it handled the slushy snow we ran If Subaru#8217;s 27/36mpg fuel figure takes the disadvantage out of then here#8217;s the advantage: is still a car that#8217;s happiest the weather gets poor.

going too fast for the conditions,” my admonished me. I backed off, abashed, but when time to swap seats, I happened to a peak at the speedo as she ran through the section downhill – going faster. PSA: AWD ain#8217;t help you stop with so slow down and use your but the lighter, less-powerful Impreza handles the white stuff a tank.

Make that a Sno-Cat.

splitting the WRX from the Impreza is a move for Subaru. I#8217;d there#8217;s not much buyer from the halo effect of the models anymore: if you can#8217;t the payments on a new WRX, you don#8217;t down to a base-engined Impreza, you shopping for a used WRX.

unlike the whoopsie-daisy 2008 WRX missed the mainstream mark Subaru has managed to add a touch of appeal to their small while still keeping it to those with the stars of in their eyes. In fact, fairly sure one of the local club members is going to buy one to his TSD-rally-scarred #8217;07 Impreza (he#8217;s got a kid now).

The Subaru will descend on dealerships their clipboards and check-lists and data, but they#8217;ll inevitably this little car, and buy it. More importantly, folks who looking at a Mazda3, Civic or might find the Impreza up on their radar, and if they it, they#8217;ll be surprised at how agricultural not.

As for myself, WRX divorce or there#8217;s got to be a way to cram a EJ257 in thing. Hello, Nordstrom? going to need your shoe-horn#8230;

Subaru provided the tested, insurance, gasoline, nice sandwiches, and the aforementioned which was bloody useful for the slog home.

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