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More fuel-efficient 2012 Subaru Impreza to hold line on price

Consumer Reports News: August 19, 2011 12:08 PM

Subaru is holding the line on pricing for the redesign 2012 Impreza, announcing that pricing will start at $17,495 for the Impreza 2.0i sedan with a five-speed manual transmission.

The 2012 Impreza is an update of the highest scoring all-wheel-drive small car in our ratings. One big difference found in the 2012 model is a new continuously variable transmission; a CVT is credited as a major contributor to the dramatic fuel-economy improvement seen in the latest Subaru Outback.

According to Subaru, fuel economy for the 2012 Impreza is an EPA-estimated 36 mpg (highway), which puts it higher than any other all-wheel-drive car on the market. It will still be lower than some new front-drive competitors, such as the Hyundai Elantra, though it promises to be quite competitive. The claimed 30-percent fuel-economy improvement is further aided by a smaller 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which replaces a 170-hp, 2.5-liter engine. This is the rare case of a model stepping down in horsepower with a redesign, and the benefits for the trade-off appear quite clear.

Interior materials for the new Impreza have mostly been upgraded. Two new trim levels will be available, Limited and Sport Limited, with more features than were previously available. Also of note is the added legroom, addressing a long-running Impreza shortcoming. The car rides on a 1-inch longer wheelbase, enabling 2 inches more legroom in both the hatchback and sedan. All 2012 Imprezas come with all-wheel drive, and a driver’s knee airbag is now standard.

For more details on the forthcoming 2012 model, check out our New car preview for the 2012 Subaru Impreza. The 2012 model is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in November. We look forward to testing the new fuel economy claims.

Subaru of America Holds the Line on Pricing for 2012 Impreza [Subaru]

Maggie Shader

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