Recently redesigned for the 2012 model year, the Impreza combines Subaru’s reassuring all-wheel-drive with an interior cabin sized for comfort. Add in the unique styling, which is sporty without being overdone, and this Japanese car makes an appealing alternative for car buyers.
Furthermore, an array of body-styles and trims are offered along with ample customization options. The four-door Impreza sedan is available in three trims: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited. The other body-style, a five-door hatchback, is available in the same three trims as the sedan plus two more: a 2.0i Sport Premium and top-level 2.0i Sport Limited.
As the redesign was well-received, Subaru is giving Impreza customers even more for 2013 with standard Bluetooth, iPod/Auxiliary input, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Also new this year is an optional backup camera packaged with the navigation system.
Powering the entire Impreza lineup (excluding the WRX and WRX STI models) is a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard five-speed manual transmission. When equipped with an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), the 4-cylinder provides an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway -- efficient for an all-wheel drivetrain. Lead-footed drivers will be better off, though, with the manual because the CVT can feel restraining at times.
No matter the chosen number of doors, Subaru treats Impreza owners to an open cabin with good headroom and plenty of legroom for both front and rear passengers. Hatchback models have an edge on competitors in terms of cargo room. Interior quality, however, is less competitive, and the Impreza could use higher-quality materials.
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