2012 Subaru Impreza

MSRP $17,495 - $19,095

Ranked #9 in Sedan

7.4

Overall Rating

2012 Subaru Impreza Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2012 Subaru Impreza now belongs to the fourth generation. After its complete redesign this year, the Subaru Impreza is available in a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback variants. The engine is new and so is the CVT. The exterior design has become more attractive and the interior is more sophisticated. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Good quality interior materials

Cons

Lackluster acceleration

Less cargo space

What's New?

Completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17495

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

108 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.1 in.

length

180.3 in.

width

68.5 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

2910 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/34 mpg

highway range

493 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.0i$17,495 onwards

2.0i PZEV$17,795 onwards

2.0i Premium$18,795 onwards

2.0i Premium PZEV$19,095 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Subaru Impreza in Dark Gray Metallic color
Dark Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The starting price of the Subaru Impreza is $17,495 for the base trim while the top trim cost around $21,595. A 2.0-liter inline-4 engine is given on all trims which generate 148 hp. That said, the freshly designed Subaru Impreza is running up against tough rivals such as Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra, and Ford Focus.


7.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Subaru Impreza Features

7.0/10

The base trim of the 2012 Subaru Impreza is equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, and a black grille from outside while inside it has cloth seats, a manual air conditioning system, 4-speaker audio system, and an anti-theft security system with an engine immobilizer. Unfortunately, as base trim, it misses on many features such as heated seats, panoramic sunroof, and bigger alloy wheels which are offered on the higher trims. 

Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel, 6-speaker audio system, and paddle shifter are given on the topmost trim. Taking the sweet middle spot, Premium trim features nearly the same features as the top trim but it does not have features such as automatic climate control, 4.3-inch LCD display, and leather seats.

Trim

2.0i

2.0i Premium

2.0i Limited 

MSRP

$17,495

$18,795

$21,595

Key Features

2.0-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or replaces in ‘2.0i’

Adds or replaces in ‘2.0i Premium’

 

15-inch steel wheels

16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Cloth seats

Cruise control

Automatic climate control system

 

Manual tilt and telescoping steering column

6-speaker audio system

Paddle shifters

 

4-speaker audio system

3-spoke steering wheel

Leather seats

 

Air-conditioning and filtration 

Center console with adjustable armrest

Heated power outside mirrors

 

Keyless entry

Power tilt and sliding-glass moonroof

Automatic headlights

 

Engine immobilizer 

6.1-inch touchscreen 

 
 

Fog lights 

Navigation system

 

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The base is most cost-effective but misses out on many features. Top trim has all the features but most of them are shared by the Premium trim. Therefore, from every perspective, mid-range Premium trim is your best choice.

2012 Subaru Impreza Engine and Performance

6.0/10

A new 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-4 engine has replaced the old 2.5-liter flat-4 engine which Impreza was using for many years. However, it is more fuel-efficient as claimed by Subaru. This engine is married to a 5-speed manual transmission by default on the base trim but the CVT option is also available.

This 2.0-liter engine churns out 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. An all-wheel-drive system is given in the Impreza just like previous generations. The 2012 Subaru Impreza can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds which shows that fuel economy might have been improved because of the new engine, but the acceleration still needs refinement.

Model

2012 Subaru Impreza premium

2012 Ford Focus SEL

2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 

2012 Mazda 3 i Touring

MSRP

$18,795

$20,500

$20,595

$19,550

Engine

2.0-liter flat-4

2.0-liter inline-4

1.8-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automated manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

160 hp @ 6500 rpm

148 hp @ 6500 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

146 ft-lbs. @ 4450 rpm

131 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

148 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.9

8.0

8.1

7.8

Quarter mile (mph)

17.1

16.2

16.5

16.1

Top speed (mph)

125

130

127

123

The Mazda 3 has the quickest acceleration of all as it jumps from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds which is 0.2 and 0.3 seconds faster than the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra respectively. That said, Hyundai Elantra has the smallest engine in the segment which generates the same horsepower as the but torque produced is 14 lb-ft less as compared to the Subaru Impreza.

2012 Subaru Impreza Fuel Economy

9.0/10

With the automatic transmission, Impreza returns a fuel economy of 27/36/30 mpg in the city/highway/combined. If a manual transmission is selected then fuel economy is reduced by 2 mpg each in the city, on the highway, and combined. With the biggest fuel tank in the competition which is also shared by the Mazda 3, 2012 Subaru Impreza has a range of 392 miles and 522 miles respectively in the city and on the highways.

Model

2012 Subaru Impreza premium

2012 Ford Focus SEL

2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 

2012 Mazda 3 i Touring

MPG (city)

27

27

28

28

MPG (Highway)

36

37

38

40

MPG (Combined)

30

31

32

33

Fuel Capacity

14.5

12.4

12.8

14.5

Range (City/highway)

392/522

335/459

358/486

406/580

The Mazda 3 enjoys the top spot as the sedan with the least fuel consumption while Subaru Impreza despite improved fuel efficiency comes last. The Ford Focus has slightly better fuel economy on the highway as compared to the concerned car of this article. Finally, the Hyundai Elantra is the closest competitor to the Mazda 3 in terms of fuel-saving.

2012 Subaru Impreza Interior

8.0/10

The interior is more spacious and comes in better quality materials as compared to the previous generations. The touchscreen is properly placed and the driver can access it easily. However, as compared to rivals, the tech aspect of Impreza is still behind. The seats have Tricot or Striped cloth upholstery which can be upgraded to leather on the higher trims. 3-spoke steering wheel and gear shifter are also wrapped in leather to give a nice feel and better grip while driving.

4-way and 6-way manual adjustability to the front passenger and driver seat respectively is common through the trim range. There are no heated front seats for the base trim but it does have manual air conditioning which can be upgraded to automatic climate control on the topmost trim. Center console with adjustable armrest lid, manual tilt and telescopic steering column, paddle shifters, drive side power window, and steering wheel control buttons are some of the comfort features given on the 2012 Impreza.

Model

2012 Subaru Impreza premium

2012 Ford Focus SEL

2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 

2012 Mazda 3 i Touring

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/55.6/43.5

38.3/55.6/43.7

40.0/55.9/43.6

38.9/54.9/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.2/35.4

38.0/53.6/33.2

37.1/54.8/33.1

37.5/54.0/36.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.0

13.2

14.8

11.8

With a passenger volume of 90.7 cu-ft, the rival from Ford has the least airy cabin in the competition. However, with a passenger volume of 96.9 cu-ft, the Impreza is wearing the crown but it has the smallest trunk in the competition. That said, the Elantra and Mazda 3 have a passenger volume of 1.3 cuts and 2.8 cu-ft less than the Impreza. Finally, the largest cargo capacity is offered by the Elantra. Major interior features include:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Tricot or Striped cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seats
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering column 
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated front seats (optional)

How intuitive is the 2015 car’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 Subaru Impreza does not offer much on the base trim in the infotainment section as only a 4-speakers audio system and a CD player are given for the consumers’ amusement. However, upper trims are equipped with Bluetooth, two more speakers in the audio system, HD radio, USB port, aux jack, and 4.3-inch LCD display. Optional features such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, and navigation system are only available on the Premium and Limited trim. Major infotainment features include:

  • 4-speaker sound system
  • CD player
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation system (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice recognition (optional)

2012 Subaru Impreza Exterior

7.0/10

The New Impreza has similarities with its sibling Legacy. However, there is no doubt that the exterior language of the Impreza is sharper and snazzy compared to previous generations. It has a standard 15-inches steel wheel that can be replaced with bigger aluminum wheels on higher trims. Base and Premium trim has color-keyed door handles while the top tier trim has chrome accents over handles. Fog lights are dealer-installed accessories on the first two trims but standard on the topmost trim. Heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-ice which are part of the all-weather package comes optional on the Premium trim. Power tilt and sliding sunroof are only given on the Premium and Limited trim. 

Model

2012 Subaru Impreza premium

2012 Ford Focus SEL

2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 

2012 Mazda 3 i Touring

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,009

2,935

2,705

2,950

Length (in.)

180.3

178.5

178.3

180.7

Width (in.)

68.5

71.8

69.9

69.1

Height (in.)

57.7

57.7

56.5

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.7

NA

5.5

4.7

Wheelbase (in.)

104.1

104.3

106.3

103.9

In terms of curb weight, Impreza is the heaviest in the lot. As for the width and height, every sedan in the competition is in a similar ballpark. That said, Elantra has the largest wheelbase in the competition while the Impreza has the biggest ground clearance. However, the longest car is the Mazda 3. Major exterior features are:

  • Fog lights (optional)
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof (optional)
  • Automatic headlights

2012 Subaru Impreza Safety

7.0/10

The IIHS has crowned the Subaru Impreza as the ‘top safety pick’ in the mid-size sedan segment. It has also received ‘Good’ ratings from the IIHS. However, as per NHTSA data, Impreza managed to earn an overall 4-star safety rating. Coming to the features, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is equipped with brake assist, traction control system, anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, and daytime running lights. Major safety features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Brake assist
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • ABS

2012 Subaru Impreza Final Verdict

After the full redesign, Impreza has become more refined, comfortable, and attractive but there are still certain areas that Subaru strictly needs to consider for improvements such as cargo capacity and performance. Otherwise, the Subaru Impreza is still a hot deal for you to take home. But if you want something more like an all-rounder sedan and can ignore the new redesigned, Mazda 3 or Hyundai Elantra are the two best alternatives you can aim for.

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