Cold Air Companion - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Cold Air Companion

February 27, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

Still hoping we have a chance to put the Impreza through some snow-covered paces in our local mountains this year, which means hoping for some big activity in the Gulf of Alaska. Nothing but sun and seventies forecasted for the next ten days around here, though. Great if you're into dirt and water sports, but not if you're fiending for moguls.

Subaru long ago identified and decided to serve a wet weather customer. That's why it seems like Subaru and Jeep are the official cars of Colorado and Washington, while an all-wheel-drive Impreza in Southern California makes about as much sense as a planter's punch at a bar in Fairbanks.

Still glad to have seat heaters and a quick cabin warm up on winter mornings here though, even if you don't need them past 8:30. We've got all-wheel drive, a great heater, heated seats and mirrors, and a wiper de-icer. About the only thing missing from this ensemble is a heated steering wheel, which Subaru doesn't offer among any of its models. That won't bother us much though when the next big northwest dump comes through.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,800 miles


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