It's Not Pretty Under the Hood - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: It's Not Pretty Under the Hood

May 15, 2012

2012 Subaru Impreza: It's Not Pretty Under the Hood

And I'm not talking about the technology, horsepower or efficiency. All of those elements are quite good actually. As you can see, I'm speaking literally here. This is one ugly engine bay. It looks like a scorpion devouring lunch, not an engine. Boxer engines have never been much for looks, at least the production versions anyway.

As far as its performance goes, it's pretty solid so far. Not overwhelming in any one category or another, just adequate across the board which is pretty much what I tend to expect from entry-level four-cylinder engines. We'll see how it feels once it's broken in a little more.

Ed Hellwig, Editor,

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