Summary, Prices, Specs

By December 7, 2011

Summary

This traditionally modest Subaru looks far less modest than any previous Subaru. With a cruising range of 523 miles and better fuel mileage than a Fiat 500, yet with all-wheel drive, the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza is a value leader. It is more comfortable than expected and more glamorous by far, yet it still embodies all of the admired practicality that has made Subaru among the most owner-loyal brands anywhere.

Ted West filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from New York.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4-door ($17,495); 5-door ($17,995); Premium 4-door ($18,795); Premium 5-door ($19,295); Limited 4-door ($21,595); Limited 5-door ($22,095); Sport Premium 5-door ($20,295); Sport Limited 5-door ($22,595)
Engines:148-hp 2.0-liter H4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed CVT automatic
Safety equipment (standard):all-wheel drive, ABS, EBD, VDC, TCS, brake assist, brake override system, hill-hold start, all mandated airbags, driver's knee airbag, internal trunk lease, child-restraint anchorage system, remote keyless entry, tire pressure monitor, whiplash-preventive front seats, 24-hour roadside assistance
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Lafayette, Indiana
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium 5-door ($22,045)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, air conditioning, air filtration, 65/35 fold-down rear seats, four-speaker AM/FM/CD, radio data system, two 12V outlets, two cup holders, two bottle holders, carpeted floor mats, digital clock, digital trip odometer, dual overhead map lights, dual visor vanity lights, ECO fuel-economy gauge, automatic-off headlights, height-adjustable driver's seat, display with fuel economy information, outside temp gauge, power door locks, power mirrors, power windows with driver's auto up/down, rear window defroster, rear-seat heater ducts, remote fuel door release, tilt/telescope steering wheel, trunk light, variable intermittent wipers, green tinted glass, roof-mounted antenna
Options as tested (MSPR):All-Weather Alloy Wheel Moonroof Package ($2000) with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icers, 17-inch alloy wheels, 205/50 R17 all-season tires, leather steering wheel/shifter, power moonroof
Destination charge:$750
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$22045
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.0 liter dohc 16-valve horizontally opposed four-cylinder
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):148 @ 6200
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):145 @ 4200
Transmission:6-speed CVT
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:27/36 mpg
Wheelbase:104.1 in.
Length/width/height:173.8/68.5/59.5 in.
Track, f/r:59.4/59.6 in.
Turning circle:N/A
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.2/52.2/43.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.1/53.1/35.4 in.
Cargo volume:32.0 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPhersons strut
Suspension, r:independent, double wishbone
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3009 lbs.
Tires:205/50R17
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 7, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-want-awd - www.subaru.com