Boston Globe Top Drives for 2012
Somehow we missed the introductory fireworks and hoopla for the all-new Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback. That all changed once we got behind the wheel and drove it for a week.
Among the many improvements in this redesign, Subaru has increased the interior space markedly (to quite comfortable size) and improved the fuel economy by 36 percent. When you then consider the standard all-wheel-drive and Subarus traditional reliability, youve got a first-rate entry in the compact category, one with an Ill-get-you-through-any-weather mentality.
While the sedan and wagon were redesigned as 2012 models, the Imprezas traditional attention-gettersthe WRX and STIremain unchanged. Subaru used to be pedestrian in the mpg department, but the new Impreza is rated at 27 city and 36 highway with the new CVT (continuously variable transmission). That tranny replaces an outdated four-speed unit. Overall, we found this to be an awful lot of desirable car for the money.