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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Subaru Impreza

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The 2012 Subaru Impreza is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The already wildly popular compact sedan got a new redesign for 2012, giving it sleeker lines and a more contoured look, but that’s not all there is to love about the Impreza. It also continues to be the only compact sedan or wagon in its class with standard, symmetrical all-wheel drive on all models. Plus, it has better fuel economy than any other AWD car in its class and even better mileage than most two-wheel drive cars, too.

Key Features

You’ll never have to worry about rolling backward or forward on an up- or downhill slope with the incline start assist on the 2012 Subaru Impreza. Starting on an incline is now safe and easy. We were also impressed by the standard Bluetooth connectivity, streaming audio, and USB port in the 2.0i trim level.

New for 2012

Want to know how your driving is affecting your fuel efficiency? A new feature for the 2012 Subaru Impreza, the Eco Gauge is an analog gauge that tells you how fuel-efficient your vehicle is at any moment.

What We Like

If you have to drive in inclement weather on a regular basis, you’ll love the enhanced traction control, safety, and practicality of an AWD sedan like the 2012 Subaru Impreza. You’ll also love how roomy and comfortable it is, too.

What Concerns Us

The Impreza is a little bit more expensive than some of its competitors with a lot of the same features. While we love the fuel efficiency and safety of having an AWD sedan, if that’s not necessary for your daily driving challenges, then you might want to look into a less expensive vehicle.

Available Models

All trim levels of the 2012 Subaru Impreza share the same engine:

  • Engine – 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder
  • Power – 148 HP at 6200 RPM
  • Torque – 145 lb-ft at 4200 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 27/36 (automatic), 25/34 (manual)

Major Recalls

Some 2012 Subaru Impreza models have been recalled due to increased distance for brake pedal travel, a malfunctioning remote engine starter, and/or a front passenger airbag that may not deploy.

Common Issues

While most 2012 Subaru Impreza models run for years with no issues, the most common we’ve found are complaints of excessive oil consumption. This can be addressed at a Subaru dealership or with help from a qualified mechanic.

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