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Ready To Be Loved, The 2012 Subaru Impreza

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On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 10:30AM | By: Chris Salamone

Ready To Be Loved, The 2012 Subaru Impreza

While other models like the Forester and Outback have blossomed, the Impreza has been waiting on the metaphorical bench for a much needed update. This Fall, Subaru intends to release the latest redesigned Impreza into dealerships. So far, so good. Positive reviews are pouring in from all around the auto industry, not least of which is Motor Trend’s First Look which proclaims the Impreza has “the right stuff.” Subaru is the only carmaker in the industry to post consecutive sales increases over the past three years and the latest Impreza looks like it will likely contribute to the company’s success.

Michael McHale, Subaru’s head of corporate communications, recently stated that “With the 2012 Impreza, we’re heavy up on style, and we’re heavy up on fuel efficiency. That’s where we go next.”

And they’re not joking.

For starters, the new Impreza has significantly superior fuel economy at 27 city and 36 highway when equipped with a CVT. Even the manual transmission model achieves greater numbers over previous models, 25 city and 33 highway compared to 20 city and 27 highway from last year. From a stylistic standpoint, the 2012 Impreza appears larger from the former version, but in fact measures the exact same length and width. Subaru claims to have maximized interior space and cut down on vehicle weight, while actually increasing safety.

Perhaps the single greatest Impreza improvement comes from the pairing of a CVT and Subaru’s new DOHC 2.0-liter FB20 mill which produces less horsepower and torque than the outgoing model, but actually increases speed and efficiency. That’s what we call a win-win. The CVT works to reduce noise, enhance smoothness, and covers a large ratio range for optimum performance. Who would have thought you could be excited about 148 horsepower and 145 lb ft. of torque?

Beyond mechanics, the 2012 Impreza looks downright handsome and offers significant improvements. MSRP is expected to start at $17,500 and go up to $20,000. At that price point, the Impreza looks to be in a league of its own—offering AWD, efficiency, modest performance, a practical interior, and a new wardrobe. Is this Impreza revolutionary? Not on the same scale as something like the Nissan Leaf, but surely the 2012 Impreza marks a starting point in the auto industry of a generation of cars that can be both fun and practical.

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dwalter | 10:43AM (Mon, Aug 22, 2011)

Impressive! I wish my 1999 Impreza got 36 MPG


imwithcoco | 12:00PM (Mon, Aug 22, 2011)

Subaru reminds me of VW, only more reliable and cheaper to own.


dwalter | 2:21PM (Mon, Aug 22, 2011)

and all wheel drive

  • dwalter

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