A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX

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The Subaru Impreza is already a popular and sporty model, but when you look at the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX, it’s no wonder that people love it. This performance model adds a lot of features that help keep it grounded to the road, even through the tightest corners. If you want a compact sedan that will fly through the curves and give you the rush you want when you get behind the wheel, this is the car for you.

Key Features

The most prominent features of the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX are its tasteful but effective spoiler, dual exhaust, and heated power outside mirrors. With its 2.5-liter boxer 4-cylinder engine, it also packs 305 horsepower at 6000 RPM, something you can’t say about the regular Impreza model.

Changes for 2012

Subaru stiffened the suspension and increased the stability of the Impreza WRX to make it an even higher performing vehicle than it was before.

What We Like

There are very few compact sedans that give you enough room to comfortably fit four passengers and take corners like a race car driver, and the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX does all that and more. Plus, it gets great fuel economy, too.

What Concerns Us

The interior of the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX leaves something to be desired. While the base Impreza has an appealing, soft interior, the WRX is almost all hard plastic, which might look cheap to some drivers.

Available Models

All WRX trims and packages come with the same engine:

  • Engine – 2.5-liter boxer 4-cylinder
  • 305 horsepower at 6000 RPM
  • Torque – 290 lb-ft at 4000 RPM
  • Fuel economy – 23 mpg (highway)

Major Recalls

There have been two recalls for some 2012 Impreza WRX models. In both cases, the models were recalled to address issues with brake line failure due to corrosion. This problem can be solved by taking your Impreza WRX to a certified Subaru dealer for the proper repairs and replacement parts at no cost.

Common Issues

For the most part, 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX owners don’t have a lot of complaints, but some do report issues with clutch or transmission chatter.

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