2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Seriously?

July 16, 2012

It cant be operated

...and then it puts the lotion into the basket.

I hopped into our long term 2012 Subaru Impreza on Friday and, while still in the garage, started to adjust the stereo. We've got some editors on staff who hate midrange and being able to hear their music so it's not uncommon to get into a car with the fader set all the way back and the midrange at -904932840923. Along with adjusting the mirrors, I zero out the audio controls as soon as I hop into a new car. It's my routine.

Unfortunately, the Subaru doesn't agree with my routine and doesn't want me to adjust the fader, treble, bass or midrange while the vehicle is in motion. Volume? Sure. Bass? NO! That would be, I guess, too distracting.

So what can you do while the vehicle is in motion? Well, you can change the radio station, sort through your iPod, pick a playlist and I'm sure more things that are pretty much the same as adjusting the stereo controls.

screen off

Oh, you can also turn the screen off.

What say you? Is this a reasonable restriction while driving or is this a step too far?

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line @ 3,800 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Subaru Impreza in VA is:

$123 per month*
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