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The Impreza is a particularly well-rounded package. The ride is very absorbent and controlled, and handling is responsive and secure. By the numbers it seems underpowered, but its 148-hp, 2.0-liter engine gives it good acceleration. Fuel economy of 27 mpg overall for the sedan is impressive given the standard AWD. The hatchback gets 26 mpg overall and has a handy-sized cargo space. The CVT transmission exacerbates engine noise and pronounced road noise is our main complaint. The rear seat is spacious for the class, controls are straightforward and easy to use, and visibility is good. A raised-hatch version will arrive later.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 Subaru Impreza recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2002. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.

Road Test

A comfortable ride, responsive handling, good visibility, simple controls, and a relatively spacious rear seat all combine to make the Impreza easy to live with. The hatchback's cargo versatility gives it an edge in practicality over the sedan versio...

Highs

  • Standard all-wheel-drive -- the only inexpensive small car that offers it
  • One of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive cars you can buy

Lows

  • So-so fuel economy compared to some other small cars without all-wheel-drive

Best Version to Get

The 2.0i Premium is the best combination of price and features. Beyond that, the Limited model adds leather and automatic climate control. Sport models are mostly distinguished by their distinctive 17-inch wheels and standard roof rack rails. A five-speed manual transmission is available. ...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)