New vs. Old - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited: New vs. Old

May 07, 2012

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During my first night in our 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback, a previous-generation Impreza pulled up behind me at a gas station. Not only was it also a hatch, but it was even a naturally-aspirated car. (Anecdotally, I feel like I see more WRXs, than n.a. 2.5i cars in Southern California.)

The driver of the maroon car took no notice of me or the new Impreza, but of course I looked at his car and discreetly took a photo of it. I prefer the understated fender detailing (or rather, lack of detailing) on the older car -- the exaggerated flares on our car seem like unnecessary flourishes on a non-turbo Impreza.

Yet, I do like the front end of our car better. The shape of its headlights and more pronounced contours on its hood are a lot more inspired. So, solely in the exterior design department, what's your pick -- new Impreza or old (2008-2011)?

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 602 miles

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