Off the Pace - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Subaru Impreza: Off the Pace

November 29, 2012

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Earlier this month, I kept the keys to the Impreza for about a week, enough to pretty much empty a full tank. That's unusual for a car in our system since, unless a car goes on a road trip, most people change cars after one or two nights.

On one hand, that's a pretty decent indication of how a car will consume fuel, based on a variety of driver styles. But obviously it's not too applicable to people who drive a car themselves almost exclusively, or perhaps share the keys with a spouse.

I covered 346 mostly highway miles on one tank. I wasn't ginger with the pedal and I made the Impreza beg on daily uphill on-ramp charges (not a pleasant sound). The fill-up took 12.825 gallons. By our calculations, that's 27 mpg combined. The on-board computer optimistically measured 28.5. Perhaps if I'd hyper-miled through the remaining 60 miles indicated on the distance-to-empty meter, I could've got it to 27.5, maybe 28.

That's still below the EPA rating of 30 mpg combined. Our lifetime average with the car is 26 mpg. A little disappointing that the Impreza is 3 or 4 mpg off the pace, but perhaps not a dealbreaker. What do you think? Would you be burned if you'd bought the Impreza and it wasn't delivering the EPA estimate?

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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