Return of the Outback Sport - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Return of the Outback Sport

January 17, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

Up until 2012, Subaru offered an Outback Sport version of the Impreza hatchback. Sort of an Outback Junior, it essentially consisted of an Impreza hatch with a raised suspension, available contrasting lower body paint/moldings, a few other unique styling tweaks and bigger wheels.

Now, with the debut of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, it's déjà vu all over again. Although there's no "Impreza" in its name, the Crosstrek is obviously one with essentially the same tweaks that the old Outback Sport sported. So you have the requisite beefed-up suspension (it rides a full three inches higher), black wheel arch/rocker moldings and unique wheels. Although I'm not a fan of the standard Impreza's styling (too busy), for some reason it works for me much better with the Crosstrek.

I'm from New England, where Subaru's have been popular for ages thanks to their all-wheel-drive traction, solid reliability and (compared to SUVs) good fuel economy. I imagine a Crosstrek with the manual gearbox would make a fine winter/ski car back there...

You can find out more on the Impreza's tough brother here:

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 13,124 miles


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    First, I have to agree. I'm not a fan of the new Impreza's design (and I actually like earlier models). But I've seen a couple Crosstreks on the road and they look great. If I was in the market and the price premium wasn't too high, I'd definitely go with the Crosstrek for the added ground clearance and better looks. Second, this long term test site is awful. I'm not complaining because it's different. I'm complaining because it's awful. It is clear that Edmunds is trying to better monetize the long term fleet but just stop it. Now you're even sticking in links to where we can get free dealer price quotes. Give it up. Get rid of the long term fleet already. That would be more dignified than what you're doing here.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Son of Aztek. I'm going to have to flush my eyes out with chlorine bleach. Thankfully, it's apparently not a long-term what's it doing here?

  • firstwagon firstwagon Posts:

    I would say calling the XV a "totally different animal compared to the regular Impreza " is a bit of a stretch. My brother lifted his YJ 4 inches and it's still a YJ. Like the Outback Sport the XV is just a trim package on the Impreza... it's done slightly differently. Looks cool though.

  • Looks good.

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