2012 Subaru Impreza: Does Little Things Right
August 29, 2012
The Impreza reminds me a little of our former TSX wagon. The TSX didn't particularly excel at anything, but instead did alot of little things right. The Impreza is much the same. It's not a car you lust after, yet I find myself reaching for the keys anytime I have some errands on the list, anytime I know I'll be lurching through the stoplights in town.
The seats are comfortable, you can see around you, and the car is light on its feet, which somehow makes doing stuff seem a little more efficient. It's also compact enough to negotiate small parking lots and tight turns. The Impreza is just easy.
I've even made peace with the CVT and adapted to its nuances. It helps the Impreza leap out from a standstill with some authority, but you still have to grab a downshift paddle before it descends the ladder into a midrange bog. Alternately, sometimes you'll need to upshift before it strangles itself with revs. Just seems to depend on how it interprets your pedal pressure. Without paddles, the Impreza might be a deal breaker for me.
I'll soon find out how much I like the Impreza when I take it round-trip to Reno, where I plan to shoot a man just to watch him die. Nothing like a good highway run to expose a car's character. But first, we have to see how it does as airport shuttle. That's next.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor