2012 Subaru Impreza: Classic
November 13, 2012
Sometimes it's just a detail. These knurled faux-rubber grips on the HVAC dials are plastic, but they offer a nice visual illusion. The chrome rings and red back lighting are also nice touches. I praise Subaru for sticking to a classic three-dial array.
Granted, the Impreza isn't trading in the complexities of dual-zone control or other myriad ways that higher-end cars pamper us and manipulate the cabin environment. But after all is said and done, when we've defeated the robots and touchscreens, and eliminated the swiping, pinching, tapping and voice-activating, we'll be right back here. With all-wheel-drive. And three dials.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor