Rainy Day AWD - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Rainy Day AWD

January 29, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

It's raining in Los Angeles today and the morning news is full of jackknifed truck trailers and hydroplane warnings. Even before I get out of bed, I sigh with relief at the thought of our long-term 2012 Subaru Impreza parked downstairs in my garage.

I recently read that 75 percent of all weather-related crashes occur on wet pavement during, or just after a rainstorm. (No, I don't remember where I read that, so feel free to argue against my "fact.")

Until the arrival of the rear-wheel-drive BRZ, all Subarus sold in the U.S. came standard with all-wheel drive, and our Impreza is no exception. Powering the wheels with the best traction, AWD is obviously a set-up that's ideal for wet and slippery conditions.

As I entertain the giggly all-girl school carpool by splashing the Impreza through the new rivers running across the streets of our small beach town, I give them a brief speech about the differences between front-, rear- and all-wheel drive cars.

They, of course, completely ignore me.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 14,140 miles

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