Consumer Reviews Summary
31 of 42 (73%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Subaru Impreza Overview
The Subaru Impreza was completely redesigned for 2012, with a new look inside and out, improved interior space, an upgraded engine, and enhanced gas mileage. The Impreza is available in sedan or four-door hatchback models, and all-wheel drive is standard.
The Impreza has a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and a standard five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed continuously variable transmission is available, and higher trim levels offer a manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters with the CVT.
Most cars tend to get bigger throughout their life cycles, but the Impreza does the opposite and got smaller and (most importantly) lighter. It receives a fuel economy rating of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is a great mark considering that the Impreza features all-wheel drive.
Upgrades to the 2012 Impreza include reshaped front seats with improved lumbar support and higher seatbacks that yield more backseat legroom. Tricot upholstery is the standard offering, and striped cloth and leather-trimmed upholstery are available, as area heated front seats. The rear seats fold flat with a 65/35-split, providing a maximum cargo capacity of 52.4 cubic feet when lowered. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and leather-wrapped automatic transmission handle are available. Air conditioning is standard and automatic climate control is available. Power windows and side mirrors are standard for all trim levels. The four-speaker audio system can be upgraded to a six-speaker system with USB port, iPod control, HD Radio, and a 4.3-inch display. A voice-activated system with GPS and a 6.1-inch touch screen is available, and includes satellite radio and XM Nav Traffic reporting.
The redesigned Impreza features the trademark Subaru hexagonal grille, a lower air dam, and geometric inserts on either side of the front end which house optional fog lights. Heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer are available with an all-weather package. Raised roof rails in a black finish and side rocker moldings are available. The sedan version of the Impreza offers a single exhaust outlet with stainless tip. A power tilt/sliding moonroof is also available. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are included with the base model, and wheel upgrades include 16-inch and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 10- or 15-spoke design, or five-hole aluminum-alloy with a gray finish.
Standard safety features include front airbags for the driver and front passenger, a driver’s knee airbag, seat-mounted front seat side airbags for pelvis and torso protection, and side-curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers. The front seats have whiplash protection and adjustable head restraints. Four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard offerings. The 2012 Impreza is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza offers drivers excellent handling behind the wheel, a comfortable ride with plenty of space for passengers and cargo, gets high marks for fuel economy, and (of course) all-wheel drive.