A Passenger's Impressions - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: A Passenger's Impressions

January 8, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

I always like to get feedback from my passengers regarding our long-term test cars — call it payment for services rendered. Anyway, sometimes it can be pretty insightful, and alert me to things that would otherwise have escaped my attention.

This latest installment concerns comfort, and comes from a friend who's a 40-year-old wife and mother of two. Though she's not an enthusiast, she likes cars and has a great deal of experience with them. Here's what she had to say about the Impreza:

"As you pulled up to the curb to pick me up, I didn't get a chance to see what kind of car you were driving, but it looked stylish and kind of hip.

I thought there was plenty of legroom (I'm 5'8"), but I didn't adjust the seat on its track at all, so it may have been set up for a much taller person.

The headrest was a little on the hard side, but the rest of the seat wasn't too firm. And the side bolstering was adequate, though I'd probably have had to hold on tight if you started doing powerslides."

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor@ 12,806 miles


  • easles easles Posts:

    Yay, comments are back! Our identical car has bolsters that hit me in the right side of my body (on the driver's side seat, but still...) and not in a good way. That fact causes me actual pain when driving sometimes and I really regret not driving the Sport version before buying (there were none available, so I drove a base model). That said, I can usually shift around a bit and adapt and then it's not so bad. Other comments: the seat heaters take a long time to begin feeling warm. The low setting is good for long-distance driving but the high setting it too much. Not sure if this applies to the passenger seat comment section, but I thought I would take the chance to say something now that comments are back on the Long Term Blog.

  • Wonder what the support differences between leather and cloth are?

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