2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: A Shifty Suggestion

August 09, 2012

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I like to control my own gear fate in the Impreza, so unless I’m cruising at highway speeds, I almost always flip it into manual mode. Like many cars that encourage drivers to maximize good fuel economy, the Impreza has upshift and downshift indicator lights in manual mode. 

The Impreza’s indicator array has one other position, however: The upshift and downshift arrows sometimes display simultaneously. The owner’s manual reveals why.

The arrows are not dictates – they simply outline your options. “When the upshift indicator illuminates, upshifting is possible (emphasis mine). When the downshift indicator illuminates, downshifting is possible. When both indicators illuminate, upshifting and downshifting are possible.” And if the shift indicators are still too much of an annoyance, you can deactivate them.

What's your position on shift indicators — helpful hint or pesky intrusion?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 4,358 miles

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