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2012 Subaru Impreza

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Day by Day Review: 2012 Subaru Impreza subaru daily car reviews
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Did I ever luck out this week. When the weather man calls for freezing rain, ice pellets and 10 to 15 centimeters of snow, most stay home and hide. But me, I love going for a drive in this stuff. Once everyone else is home and safe, I can go out to the store to get my shopping done with no interference from the masses.

And when most drivers are curled up in the fetal position because of the weather, Subaru drivers can’t wait to hear “SNOW DAY!” This week, I get to relish in the snowy fun as I drive the 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport hatchback, equipped with proper winter tires for proper winter fun!

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The Impreza hatch starts at $22,590 and is the only compact car in Canada that comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. The Sport package adds about $4,000 to the price of the Impreza, but also adds a good amount of features on top of the Touring package, which is about $2,000 more than the base model.

Some of these features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, power sunroof, ground effects bodykit, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, windshield wiper de-icer, automatic headlights, chrome grille and interior door handles, Bluetooth connectivity, advanced audio system with six speakers, Media Hub for iPod/USB with Bluetooth streaming audio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, rear stabilizer bar and a cargo cover.

The 2012 Subaru Impreza is powered by a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed (boxer) four-cylinder engine and comes standard with a five-speed manual and symmetrical all-wheel drive. My test model is driven by an automatic transmission of the continuously variable variety (CVT) and is also equipped with paddle shifters.

For 2012, the Impreza is completely redesigned, offering more interior space, electric power-steering, a driver’s knee airbag and a new and more fuel efficient engine. Unfortunately it looks a little like a Dodge Caliber from the rear — at least to me.

2012 Subaru Impreza
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $26,095

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).