2012 Subaru Impreza: Cargo Limit
April 1, 2013
I've begun stage two of three in the construction of my new entertainment center. I made use of our long-term Infiniti JX for stage one since it involved much more demanding hauling duties. When I chose the Impreza for this part, I have to admit, I wasn't 100-percent confident.
When the guys at the House of Hardwood called to let me know that my order of teak was ready for pickup, I had a number of SUVs to choose from. All of those choices would have easily accommodated the 5x3-foot remnant sheet of teak plywood. I figured if the Subaru couldn't, I'd just have them give that sheet a quick rip on the saw.
Turns out, the sheet fit, but just barely. It was pressed firmly right into the back of the driver seat. Another half-inch or so and I'd have to move my seat closer to the wheel. Having the plywood right up on the seatback was probably a good thing, too, as it kept it from sliding around.
Compared to the SUVs, though, the Impreza put a little more strain on my back, as I had to bend at the hips to get the sheet in the hatch. An SUV's higher load floor would have been a little more comfortable. Knowing this, I'm confident the Impreza can handle the next run to the shop to pick up third stage of teak.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,101 miles