2012 Subaru Impreza: Five Thousand Miles
August 25, 2012
Our 2012 Subaru Impreza crossed the 5,000-mile threshold late last week, about three and a half months after joining the fleet.
Over that distance it has averaged 25 mpg, which does not compare favorably to its 30 mpg EPA combined rating. The reason isn't entirely clear -- a lack of long trips hasn't helped -- but we have seen CVT-equipped vehicles fall short of their rated expectations more often than not. This sort of transmission may be one of those technologies that does much better on an EPA test dyno than it does in real life.
On the other hand, the new car smell that had me gagging three months ago is long gone.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,032 miles