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Beware of 2012 Impreza 2.0i (Base) CVT
By tpyne377 on
Vehicle2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i PZEV 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
ReviewPLEASE BE AWARE -- The CVT Automatic transmission in the Impreza 2.0i base model is NOT the same as that available in the rest of the line. It does NOT have the up/down shift function on the steering wheel. Even though it lists this version of the transmission as "CVT Auto Transmission with Manual Shift" on the order form and on the window sticker -- there is nothing "manual" about it. DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO ORDERING THIS LIKE I DID. (No 2012 Imprezas were available for test driving at the time.) There is still nothing that notes this in ANY of Subaru's online website nor in any independent review that I can find.
Best FeaturesVery comfortable seats. Great handling.
Worst FeaturesSTOP using the stripped down version of the CVT transmission in the 2.0i Base model. Instead substitute the one in the rest of the Impreza line. It has a "real" manual sport shift mode. Subaru should use a little "truth in advertising" regarding its MPG ratings. They cite 36 MPG highway. This is not realistic for the Base model with this CVT transmission. The best I have gotten is 27 MPG. (The same as we got with our previous Impreza model.) So, where's the improved mileage?
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