2012 Subaru Impreza: Hard to Hit Heaters
October 29, 2012
For the most part, the Impreza's controls are an example of how it should be done, at least for audio and climate functions. So much so that we've given kudos to Subaru in this very blog for their tried and true old school layouts. You know, where the stereo has two knobs for the power/volume and tuning (along with a row of preset buttons between) and the climate control has three big knobs for fan speed, airflow direction and temperature. But Subaru failed in one area...
As you can see, the seat heater controls are awkwardly located towards the rear of the center console. This is even more of an ergonomic blunder if you're on the shorter side as you have to reach back behind the seat side bolster to flick the switch. Obviously not a deal breaker, but an annoyance nonetheless that makes me wonder why they didn't put these rocker switches on the front portion of the console as there's plenty of space for them there.
BTW, this photo depicts an Impreza sedan I recently drove, hence the different color seats from our long-termer, but the heater controls are identical. And on the upside, the heaters themselves work well enough that the "low" setting was more than enough to soothe my cranky lower back.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor