2012 Subaru Impreza: Stash and Store
September 5, 2012
Behold the Impreza's center console array, one of the car's better long-haul qualities. You've got a fairly deep and tall well just below the climate controls, perfectly sized for two phones side-by-side, snacks, smokes, garage door openers, CDs if you still use 'em - whatever. The bottom of the space is even lined with a grippy rubber pad.
Just aft of the shifter are two coin-type slots. At first they seem inconsequential, until you start using them to hold bottle/thermos caps, lip balm, stray keys, etc. The rear slot is deeper than the other, and an iPhone stands up in it just fine. For those who like to load USB thumb drives with music, I could see keeping a healthy collection of music on a half-dozen drives that could live in these little slots.
Cupholders. Two of them. Yay. Only downside: they're a little too deep and not quite wide enough for this 12-oz. plastic cup. Look close and you can see the cup is hanging there, resting on the edges of its lid - not ideal. All part of a global conspiracy to upsize your iced coffee purchases.
Finally, the center console itself. Deep. Not especially long, but big enough that you will end up dumping everything in there: receipts, napkins, wrappers, business cards, Post-It notes. It?s your new waste bin, guaranteed. Only bummer: that's also where your USB port and Aux input live. Long thumb drives jutting out from the port risk damage, although solved easily enough with a USB cable that extends out of the center console -- which also offers those handy cable channels.
Hard to know how much the planners actually thought through these little conveniences, or how much was simply serendipitous design. But you notice little things like this on a long trip, and give thanks.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor