NEW FOR 2013:

– Bluetooth phone connectivity now standard on all trims.
– MediaHub with Bluetooth streaming audio now standard on all trims.
– Limited Package gains voice-activated in-dash navigation, backup camera, XM satellite radio.
– Hill Holder system added to CVT models.
– Paint changes: Crystal Black Silica, Venetian Red Pearl added; Camellia Red Pearl, Obsidian Black Pearl discontinued.

For 2013, Subaru adds a few new standard features to its freshly reworked model from last year. Media and connectivity is the common theme, with Bluetooth features now standard equipment and Limited models getting voice activated navigation as standard.

The Impreza is powered by a single engine option: a 2.0L DOHC BOXER four-cylinder producing 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through Subaru’s symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system and your choice of either a 5-speed manual or Lineartronic CVT (some CVTs have an available manual mode).

Trims include 2.0i, 2.0i Touring, 2.0i Sport, and 2.0i Limited for both sedan and 5-door hatchback.

In base 2.0i trim, features include 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine, 5-speed manual transmission, brake override system, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, speed-sensitive electric power steering, body-colour door handles, body-colour power/heated mirrors, black grille surround, roof rack integrated cross bar brackets (hatchback), 15-inch steel wheels, UV-protected and tinted glass, rearview assisted rear wiper (hatchback), variable intermittent wipers, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA with auxiliary jack, Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice activation and streaming audio, steering wheel mounted audio controls, MediaHub with iPod/USB input, front armrest with console storage, air conditioning, cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, front map lights, tilt/telescopic steering, passenger seatback map pocket, dual vanity mirrors, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, information display (clock, outside temperature, fuel economy, travel time, driving range, average speed), ECO gauge, floor mats, cloth interior, 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat, Titanium-look interior finish, 60/40 split rear seats, airbags (driver’s knee, front, front seat side, side curtain), LATCH, anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, keyless entry, traction control, and Vehicle Dynamics Control system with lateral-g and yaw-rate sensor.

Touring Package trim adds manual-mode CVT (when equipped with CVT transmission), front rebound springs, rear stabilizer bar, painted grille surround, automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, wiper de-icer, 6-speaker stereo, retractable cargo cover (hatchback), illuminated ignition switch, chrome interior door handles, cloth door trim, heated front seats, and rear centre armrest with cupholders.

Sport Package trim adds adjustable front armrest console storage, automatic climate control, sport gauges (red on white), 4.3-inch multifunction display, leather wrapped shifter and steering wheel, stainless steel exhaust tip (sedan), sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, and body-colour ground effects.

Limited Package trim adds 6.1-inch high-resolution touch screen, AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM/WMA/DivX, WMV, MP4, SMS text messaging capability, XM NAVTraffic (subscription required), rear-view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather door trim, leather seats, chrome exterior door handles, LED integrated turn signals in mirrors, HID headlights, and chrome trunk trim (sedan).

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