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Subaru updated the Impreza model, the bottom of its lineup, for 2012. For this update, Subaru improved fuel economy by reducing weight, downsizing the engine, and switching to a continuously variable transmission.Back to review.
The styling of the new Impreza has not changed much from the previous generation. The new car looks more refined, with a tighter grille. The hatchback profile looks very similar to the previous model.Back to review.
Subaru took the engine down to 2 liters, but retained the flat-four design. This new engine produces 145 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.Back to review.
Subaru increased the interior room. The cabin feels more spacious, and access feels easy, as the doors open at almost 90 degree angles to the car.Back to review.
All-wheel drive is still standard for the Impreza. The system uses an electronically controlled transfer clutch that actively balances torque.Back to review.
The suspension feels like it was tuned for the mass of everyday drivers, with comfort in mind. In turns, the body is prone to more sway than you would get in a sport car.Back to review.
The hatchback allows plenty of cargo space, and even more with the rear seats folded down.Back to review.
The cabin of the Impreza is nice in this top-trim model, but doesn't feel like that of a premium-level car.Back to review.
Another look at the Impreza's interior.Back to review.
Subaru offers a navigation system and iPod integration in the Impreza as options. A Bluetooth phone system is optional.Back to review.
The electrically boosted power-steering system retains a solid feel.Back to review.
White gauges are a nice touch in the Impreza Sport Limited. The LCD in the instrument panel is a completely different style from other displays in the car.Back to review.
This eyebrow display shows fuel economy information.Back to review.
Standard in the Sport Limited model is a continuously variable transmission. It includes six virtual shift points, selectable with paddles on the steering wheel.Back to review.
iPod integration lets you browse music libraries based on album and artist, but the controls are difficult to figure out.Back to review.
The standard Bluetooth phone system includes an internal phone book, but copying contacts over from a phone is a manual process.Back to review.