Twitchy Throttle - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Twitchy Throttle

February 1, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

As an ex-Subaru employee, I have a soft spot for Subarus. I cheer for the company, my friends, and the all-wheel-drive heritage I've come to admire.

That being said, I don't like driving our long-term 2012 Impreza. I like the idea of it — sporty, capable, practical — but the twitchy throttle and numbing CVT kill my Subie buzz every time I leave the parking lot. It then takes me at least a day or two of driving it consistently to remember just how to modulate the rabbit-jerky gas pedal.

This weekend, my daughter's friend said from the backseat: "Don't worry, my mom doesn't know how to drive a stick very good either."

Between the non-linear power delivery and the long wind-up of the CVT, she actually thought I was driving a manual. Poorly.

As if.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 14,254 miles

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