Not only is the 148-horsepoewr flat-4 loud, but it also feels like it's struggling to simply keep up. Not helping matters is the CVT which needs to be actively manhandled to get this car moving.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza rides very softly and has a slow turn in. Body roll is abundant. Still, the Impreza grips well and doesn't have an intrusive stability-control system
The soft suspension that hampers driving dynamics makes for a pleasant and smooth ride over surface imperfections with minimal harshness. Stable and refined at highway speeds.
The Impreza is loud. The engine drone and transmission whine is excessive during acceleration and the wind and tire noise is excessive during highway driving.
The three-knob HVAC setup is intuivie and simple. Other controls, however, such as the media interface, feature small, thin, cryptic buttons.
Outward visibility from the Impreza is excellent. A low beltline and a high seating position allow a clear view with minimal blind spots. Visibility is a strength of the Impreza.
Seat Access & Space
Seats are wide, flat and firm. Easy to get into and out of but there is little knee-room for the driver on the right side.
Cargo & Storage
Interior storage is plentiful with large, deep bins and cupholders. Trunk volume is small, but the load height is low.
Interior materials are hit (upper dash)-or-miss (cupholders, door panels) and there are some squeaks and rattles from the lower portions of the dash.