Day 2

Day by Day Review: 2012 Subaru Impreza subaru daily car reviews
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Subaru owners probably won’t want to hear what I have to say about the interior of the new Impreza, but it must be said so that those looking to purchase get a good understanding of the pros and cons of their purchase. This interior is improved from previous generations, some of the materials are perhaps a little nicer even. But it still looks like it comes from the early 90s!

Cut a square hole in the dash, throw in a radio and call it day. Like all Subarus before it, ensure that the radio sounds like an AM radio playing through a tincan string. Okay it’s not really that bad, but Subaru cannot seem to make a radio sound half decent for some reason.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Subaru Impreza subaru daily car reviews
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Cargo space is improved and so is passenger space, and although leg room is still tight in the rear, almost all compact cars have this problem. The hatchback opens nice and wide, allowing for easy loading and unloading; my curling broom fit without much problem, while it didn’t in the Volkswagen Golf I drove recently.

The LCD screen, mounted high on the dash, offers a few configurations mostly centered around fuel consumption, which I assume is intended to help you drive more conservatively. But so far I’ve been having far too much fun in this Impreza to really care all that much about the five different fuel economy displays I could look at.

Seating is comfortable both front and rear and headroom is plentiful, especially in the front, with height-adjustable seating. I like my seating closer to the floor, and the Impreza offers a very low seating position if you desire.

The new interior is an improvement, but there is still much Subaru could do; mainly, integrating a nice centre stack that flows well with the rest of the interior. The rest of the interior is basic but works well enough and looks decent for the class.

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