2012 Subaru Impreza Sport: Fuel Sipper MPG Report
January 30, 2013
In our Fuel Sipper Smackdown the editors take several cars and drive three different routes: backroads, city and highway. It's a good test of a car's capability since some cars shine on the open road while others (mainly hybrids) do well around town.
I had a chance to follow the same route on a trip to Las Vegas recently. For my highway mileage I got 27.1 mpg over 361 miles of mainly highway driving cruising at about 75 mph. Oddly enough, over 178 miles of city driving, I got 30.5 mpg. And on the return trip, I got 27.2 mpg over 296 miles of winding road through Death Valley. Over the entire trip, 835 miles, my fuel economy was 27.8 mpg, less than the 30 mpg combined the EPA predicts.
The results are both encouraging and puzzling. Here's what I noticed. First, there isn't much difference between the three legs of the journey, despite three very different types of driving. Second, the fuel economy is pretty good in all cases. And third, the best fuel economy came during city driving in stop-and-go traffic.
Clearly, a longer test is needed. But the good news is that the Impreza seems capable of posting some decent fuel economy numbers in a variety of conditions.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 14,098 miles