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I’m Dan Gray for MPGomatic.com and this is a 2012 Subaru Impreza.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter Boxer four that produces 148 horsepower (HP)
and 145 foot pounds of torque. The Impreza is available with a five-speed manual transmission
or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic, as either a five-door hatchback
or four-door sedan, but only in All-Wheel-Drive (AWD).
The official fuel economy estimates for the five door 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport are
27 city / 36 highway miles per gallon for the CVT and 25 / 33 for the manual. The five-speed
manual sedan is rated at 25 / 34.
We covered over 400 miles in our Satin White Pearl Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited review unit
and had no difficulty nailing the official mileage estimates, with an average of 38.1
MPG on the Interstate highway and 31.9 MPG combined with temperatures ranging from the
sixties through the high eighties.
While the Impreza’s Boxer four might not be a champ when paired with the CVT in the
0-60 MPH run, it feels rather sprightly around town. If you’re after a undeniably fast
Subie, you’ll opt for the WRX or STi.
An old-school analogue real-time fuel economy gauge is located at the base of the speedometer.
The center-mounted monochrome digital trip computer displays real-time and average fuel
economy, average vehicle speed, trip time, and ambient temperature, in addition to a
Getting out of an ill-handling, gas-guzzling SUV and into an Impreza will reconnect you
with the road as surely as it keeps a big chunk of cash in your wallet from savings
at the gas pump.
The Impreza Premium, Sport and Limited include a driver-selectable 6-speed manual shift mode
and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which come in handy for dropping down a simulated
gear or two for passing.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel features audio and hands-free Bluetooth controls. Limited
and sport models include leather upholstery, along with the all-weather package which provides
windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors and two-level heated front seats.
The six-speaker audio system includes full iPod support, Bluetooth streaming, HD Radio,
and XM Satellite.
There are twelve-volt outlets: the first at the base of the dash and the second inside
the center console, next to the USB and audio inputs.
The Impreza’s rear seat provides a fold-down center armrest, 37.1 inches of headroom and
35.4 inches of legroom. This puts it in the neighborhood of a number of smaller SUVs.
The five-door Impreza’s cargo area provides plenty of room for hauling stuff. There are
22.5 cubic feet of storage space with the 65/35 split rear seat up, and 52.4 cubic feet
available with the rear seat folded down.
All-in-all, the 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport offers a compelling reason to hang up the
keys to that gas guzzling SUV. It’s no surprise that Subaru sales are going so well. With
its legendary Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, solid handling, a roomy interior, chart-topping
gas mileage and a starting price under $18,000, the Impreza is a thrifty choice without compromise.