The 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon is a five passenger performance compact powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 265 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque. This AWD hatchback is paired with a fully-synchronized 5-speed manual transmission. For those who crave performance Subaru offers a STI trim level that utilizes a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, upgrading to a high-cross-flow design intercooler that boosts horsepower up to 305. A fully-synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission is paired with the upgraded engine. Fuel mileage is an EPA estimated 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the base WRX trim. Features include hands-free phone capabilities, performance designed front seats, heated seats, power moonroof, touchscreen navigation system, HID headlights, leather-trimmed upholstery, Brembo® brake package and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Safety is comprised of vehicle dynamics control, traction control, anti-lock braking, tire pressure monitoring system and 6 standard airbags. The WRX comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Subaru Impreza sedan and wagon are redesigned for 2012. This means new exterior sheet metal, with a more steeply raked windshield and longer wheelbase. While exterior dimensions remain unchanged from the outgoing version, the effect creates a larger, roomier cabin with the added benefit of improved outward visibility. Also new is a 2.0L flat-4 "boxer" engine rated at 148 horsepower and 145 ft-lb of torque. The figures are 22 hp and 25 ft-lb less than those of the previous 2.5L boxer. The engine comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and the pair returns 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. With a new continuously variable transmission, which replaces the tired four-speed auto, the Impreza is rated at an impressive 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. The Impreza sedan is offered in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited trims, while Impreza wagons also include 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trims. Performance-oriented WRX and WRX STi models will remain on the previous Impreza platform for 2011, and include only superficial exterior changes. Navigation is now available on Premium and Limited WRX trims. On the STi, navigation is available across the range, and sedan models have new 18-inch wheels.
Standard all-wheel-drive; great safety features; available wagon versatility; impressive performance from WRX models
The 2012 Subaru Impreza remains a great buy in the mid-size segment, thanks in large part to its standard all-wheel-drive, great safety rating, and availability as either a sedan or 5-door wagon. The focus has shifted to fuel economy, and the new 2.0L boxer engine returns impressive figures, including 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway when equipped with Subaru's all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT). Subaru estimates that Imprezas with the CVT will be the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive cars available. Base price or the new Impreza starts at $17,495. Power junkies can get their fix too, as the WRX and WRX STi models offer impressive performance in a small, affordable package based on the previous Impreza bodystyle.