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Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Spacious interior
  • Lackluster engine power

Rankings & Awards

The 2012 Subaru Impreza's #13 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2012 Best Compact Car for Families award. Currently the Subaru Impreza has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
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2012 Subaru Impreza Overview

As part of its redesign for 2012, the Impreza sedan and hatchback received a new, 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is mated to either a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Some reviewers said that the engine and CVT combo provide adequate power from a stop, while others found it a bit slow. Still, most agreed that the Impreza delivers composed handling and a comfortable ride. The Impreza achieves up to 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is isn’t class-leading, but still good for the class, especially considering the Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive. The performance-oriented 2012 WRX and WRX STI models carry over unchanged from the 2011 models. The WRX has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower, while the WRX STI produces 305 horsepower.

Reviewers said the Impreza’s remodeled cabin looks clean and classy, with high-quality materials throughout. They also said the seats are comfortable and spacious, and one noted that outward visibility is better than other cars’ in the class. The Impreza comes standard with a four-speaker CD stereo. Available features include leather seats, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, a power sunroof, navigation and automatic climate control. Some reviewers were pleased with the amount of detail given by the navigation system. Others wrote that the touch-screen stereo isn’t as refined as those found in rivals. The hatchback model offers up to 52.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while the sedan has 12 cubic feet of trunk space. Both figures are competitive for the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

Available as a sedan or hatchback, reviewers were impressed with the poised handling and comfortable ride offered by the 2012 Ford Focus. They also said its cabin is built with high-quality materials.

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf was well-liked by reviewers for its high-quality interior and refined handling. The Golf is also available with a diesel engine, which helps it return excellent fuel economy.

Compare the Impreza, Focus and Golf »


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