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2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

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2012 Subaru Impreza: Does This Matter to You?

June 06, 2012

mountain goat

The Impreza has something other cars in its class does not -- standard all-wheel drive. I'm from New England which has some of the most brutal winters you can imagine -- having AWD when the snow's flying certainly helps you get down the road confidently. For years, thanks to their mountain goat-like nature, Subarus were very popular among the Northeastern states. 

But nowadays, AWD for street driving in a non-performance-oriented car doesn't strike me as providing the advantage it once did, what with modern cars having traction control and the advances in winter tire technology. If I still lived near Boston, I could probably get through winter there no problem if I threw a set of Blizzaks on my Mustang Cobra. 

In light of the latter considerations, would having AWD in a modern compact economy car make any difference to you if you were shopping this segment? 

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor

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