The 2012 Subaru Impreza is very impressive indeed. With a smooth ride, great fuel economy and very spacious interior, this is a car worth looking into.
|For several years, our Top Pick small car has been the Hyundai Elantra. Its latest generation
combines impressive fuel economy with a practical interior and a pleasant driving experience—all at a value price. But the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza presented a true challenge for this honored distinction. (Read about the 2012 Top Picks.)
On paper, the Impreza has its work cut out for it. Following tradition, the revamped Impreza comes with standard all-wheel-drive, which cuts into acceleration and fuel economy. Unlike typical redesigns that add curb weight and horsepower, this new Impreza weighs less and has a smaller, less powerful engine. But as a package, it works well.
At 27 mpg, the Impreza can’t match the 29 mpg overall of the Elantra, but it does have impressive fuel economy for all-wheel-drive. Acceleration times remain decent and are on par with the previous Impreza. What’s more, this
Impreza has a ride that rivals some luxury sedans, with generous compliance and isolation. The interior is very roomy, with a spacious back seat, and controls are about as simple as they get. Finally, visibility is refreshingly good for a modern sedan; here the Impreza’s upright styling gives an advantage over the more swoopy Elantra’s smaller greenhouse.
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The 2012 Subaru Impreza is a good choice if your are looking for impressive fuel economy without giving up a smooth and comfortable ride.