Visibility - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport: Visibility

August 23, 2012

2012 Subaru Impreza

There just can't be anything better for carrying around the stuff of everyday life than the five-door hatchback. The trouble is, sometimes you feel like you're trapped inside a shipping container.

2012 Subaru Impreza

Our Mazda 3 five-door always gives me that feel, as if the dash area is looming in front of me. A lot of structure is in this area between the A-pillars, especially in a front-wheel-drive car, so I guess you expect it. But as much as you fiddle with seat height, you still feel as if you can't see out of the Mazda.

But the Subaru Outback is decidedly different, with a low cowl height and relatively low window sills. It seems so simple, yet the Subaru always feel far more natural and easy to drive just because the visibility is so good.

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  • Mazda looks more expensive, but the Impreza is more utilitarian. Brain versus heart sort of decision between the two.

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