2012 Subaru Impreza Sport: EyeSight Demo Toy
October 1, 2012
Let's make one thing perfectly clear: our 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport is not equipped with the EyeSight system depicted here. In fact exactly zero 2012 Subaru USA products offered the system, and it's only now showing up on our side of the Pacific as an on option on the 2013 Subaru Legacy.
The fact that I picked up this Impreza EyeSight demo toy in Japan, however, indicates that this system is more widely availablle in Japan. We may yet see it on more US models in the coming years, up to and including a Subaru Impreza like ours, which looks suspiciously similar to the car depicted on the box the toy came in. Time will tell.
But what is EyeSight? It's a collision avoidance system based around stereo cameras mounted inside on either side of the center rear view mirror. These cameras measure following distance in adaptive cruise mode and they keep track of lane markings in order to issue lane departure warnings. Should you mistakenly shift into drive when backing out of your garage, the system will reportedly intervene to prevent you from driving through your garage wall.
They're also programmed to trigger the brakes and stop the car from rear-ending the vehicle ahead if you space out at the critical moment in low speed stop and go situations. I didn't get to try the system in real life, but here's what the toy does.
How much is EyeSight? To get access to the option on the 2103 Subaru Legacy you must first buy the top-of-the-line Limited model for $26,665. From there you're looking at another $3,940 for the Moonroof, Navigation and EyeSight package. With no other gear the minimum price for a 2013 Legacy with EyeSight is $30,605.
But the moonroof and nav system are also available in another package that goes for $2,645 without EyeSight, which suggests that EyeSight would cost $1,295 if offered as a stand-alone option. It isn't, so that's just a theoretical number.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 0.005 miles (on the model)