Palm Springs Road Trip - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Sport: Palm Springs Road Trip

February 21, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza Sport

Can four adults with two golf bags and luggage find happiness on the road to Palm Springs?

I was hoping to impress some out-of-town guests with a larger, more luxurious car for a trip to Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. Instead, I got the keys to the 2012 Subaru Impreza. After some mental reprogramming, I decided it would be an interesting test of the car's cargo space and interior comfort.

Like so many Asian manufacturers, Subaru has widened the cargo area just enough to accommodate golf clubs. But putting the driver's end of the golf bag in first, I was able to put two golf bags side-by-side and flat on the floor of the cargo area. As you can imagine, some members of our party were not thrilled to have so much room taken up by golf clubs. And, as they pointed out (and I agree) golf is a stupid sport. However, once the clubs were in place, it was easy to stack the suitcases on top and still leave room to see out the rear. One small bag sat in the center of the backseat.

Was this arrangement ideal? No. Would a more luxurious car have made us happier? Probably. But when we arrived in Joshua Tree, and I saw all the other Subies parked there, I felt like one of the guys. A luxury SUV would have made me feel like a fat cat slumming at a soup kitchen.

2012 Subaru Impreza Sport

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 15,644 miles


  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Wow, that's a lot of luggage for a trip to Palm Springs to play golf. Is it a year long trip?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I don't think I have ever seen any Edmunds or Inside Line staffer pack just an overnight bag...even for an overnight trip. Apparently the exception is happening right now...Scott Oldham and John Pearley Huffman are going to South Dakota in the SLS AMG with that tiny trunk it has.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    as expensive as golf clubs are i cant see any reason to buy an entire set apposed to renting a group of 2 or 3 people can share one set and unless you go golfing every weekend or more 25 dollars each time still doesent add up to 2 thousand dollars for a good set

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    "golf is a stupid sport" It's particularly stupid in a place that has no water. Look at that landscape. Kudos to the Subie for fitting all of that cargo, though.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    An Impreza is all the car that most people need. Of course, "need" is usually not on the buying list for most people. We are a country of want and entitlement. And if I weren't so old I would be a part of the entitlementers. But for me "want" is all I need. But don't ask my ex-wives about that.

  • Love the line: "like a fat cat slumming at a soup kitchen". Great blog!

  • Love the line: "like a fat cat slumming at a soup kitchen". Great blog!

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