Full of Cool Air - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Full of Cool Air

February 25, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

Some of the best weather I've ever seen happens in the winter months in Santa Monica. This morning it was 70 degrees only a few hours after the sun came up, so I found it necessary to drive around in our Subaru Impreza with all four windows down and the sunroof back. At 5'9" I'm no giant but even with the seat at a medium height setting, this Subaru felt vast on the inside.

We've already established that the mirrors are tall, and there's tons of visibility inside the cabin but driving this car feels almost like a convertible. The interior fills up with light and you feel completely exposed to the world. On a trip to the beach I wouldn't feel comfortable putting a surfboard on the roof racks. On the inside of the car your surfboard might get the seats wet but at least it won't spoil the view.

2012 Subaru Impreza

The sunroof on our Impreza doesn't leave a particularly large void in the roof by itself. When the sunroof is combined however, with the angle of the windshield and the space left open when you roll down the windows, it makes the cabin feel absolutely immense. This car may be built with inclement weather in mind but it is definitely a summer car at heart.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 16,190 miles


  • cherryfan cherryfan Posts:

    Travis, your comments on the airy feeling in the Impreza are spot on! Nonetheless, I think that the Impreza is a winter car at heart. I could be a bit prejudiced at the moment, though; I just brushed 8" of snow off our Impreza, and was surprised to find that the windshield wiper well at the base of the windshield is designed for easy cleaning--it's dished so that snow (or, say, leaves in the fall) can't get trapped there.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    @cherryfan: This "well" is not new. My '05 Outback has it. Subaru follows through with its devices for winter driving. My base model OB has embedded windshield heating strips to keep the wipers from freezing, heated front seats, heated side

  • cherryfan cherryfan Posts:

    @ed124c Well, then—serves me right to have owned 20th century Jeeps and Subarus for so long. Our 2012 Ford Focus, on the other hand, still has deep snow-trapping crevices at the windshield base. And the rear wiper lifts only slightly from the wind

  • yetiwagon_ yetiwagon_ Posts:

    The ginormous moonroof (or as I call it, the gun turret) on my Forester was one of the things that sold me on the car. Now, I've had moonroofs on all of my "grown up" cars but this one is different. Open it up, put the rear windows about halfway down and it's Poor, no, scratch that, Practical Man's Convertible Time. Seriously, I use it as a hair dryer in the spring and fall.

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