Preview: 2012 Subaru Impreza – A well stacked compact

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Both the 5-door and the 4-door sedan models of the Subaru Impreza receive a facelift and a load of upgrades making the 2012 models more practical, safer, and better looking. The design of the revised, fourth generation vehicles have been optimized in order to make the new Impreza more efficient in fuel usage, cargo storage, driver and passenger space, and most importantly, visibility. Subaru paid a lot of attention to the details which seem minor, but when put together, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Fun to drive, better quality, reliability, environmental friendliness, safety and efficiency, the 2012 Subaru exceeds expectations of a car from this class. 

A new hexagonal grille, hawk-eye headlights as well as a new rear end, are some of the new features that give the Impreza a totally new look. Wheelbase has been increased but the length of the vehicle stays the same as the previous model. This creates shorter overhangs on both front and back and allows for easier door access for passengers and driver. Windows as well as mirrors have been modified to increase visibility all around the vehicle.

The 2012 Impreza creates the same external footprint but now offers a lot more room. Interior materials have been improved in quality while also improving ergonomics. Seats and steering wheel have been carefully tweaked as to create a pleasant tactile experience for the driver. Increased wheelbase translates noticeably into more luggage space including more legroom and headroom for both parties. Larger pockets and more storage compartments all around will fit everything you need during your trip.

Subaru paid a lot of attention to the little details that create a safer, more efficient vehicle without compromising comfort and style. All 2012 models will now have electronic window and mirror control as standard features. Heated seats, navigation and larger rims will also be available on higher trim models. Better fuel economy is achieved via a lighter and a more compact boxer engine, while improved suspension components, hydraulic engine vibration dampers and stiffer body structure create a safer, smoother ride. Two symmetrical all wheel  drive systems – one for a five speed manual and one for the second generation CVT transmissions – will be offered, greatly improving overall performance. On higher trim, the CVT transmission will come with a sporty 6 speed paddle shifter system which your fingers will love.

Form follows function in the all new 2012 Subaru Impreza. Its new features create a more sophisticated machine inspiring confidence, exceeding expectations and creating an enjoyable ride for any season.

Highlights of the new Impreza

Photographs courtesy of Subaru Canada. Info-graphic by Slava Motovilov.

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