2012 Subaru Impreza Sport: Palm Springs Road Trip
February 21, 2013
Can four adults with two golf bags and luggage find happiness on the road to Palm Springs?
I was hoping to impress some out-of-town guests with a larger, more luxurious car for a trip to Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. Instead, I got the keys to the 2012 Subaru Impreza. After some mental reprogramming, I decided it would be an interesting test of the car's cargo space and interior comfort.
Like so many Asian manufacturers, Subaru has widened the cargo area just enough to accommodate golf clubs. But putting the driver's end of the golf bag in first, I was able to put two golf bags side-by-side and flat on the floor of the cargo area. As you can imagine, some members of our party were not thrilled to have so much room taken up by golf clubs. And, as they pointed out (and I agree) golf is a stupid sport. However, once the clubs were in place, it was easy to stack the suitcases on top and still leave room to see out the rear. One small bag sat in the center of the backseat.
Was this arrangement ideal? No. Would a more luxurious car have made us happier? Probably. But when we arrived in Joshua Tree, and I saw all the other Subies parked there, I felt like one of the guys. A luxury SUV would have made me feel like a fat cat slumming at a soup kitchen.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 15,644 miles