Feb 16, 2012
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $21,414

Nice proportions and stance. Bold sheet metal contours and headlights for a Subaru. Looks great on 17-inch gunmetal alloys. Interior feels spacious with good visibility, thanks to thin A-pillars. Surface finishes look and feel durable and practical, with just a little more style than you’d expect. Traditional layout for stereo and climate controls is absolutely intuitive, arm rests are in the correct location (console arm rest is adjustable, fore and aft), and your palm hits the stick shift just right. DOHC 2.0-liter flat flour spins very smoothly. Impressive fuel economy (25/33 mpg) and sticker for an AWD car.


“Sport” refers simply to the hatchback body style, not to any performance features, and the 148 hp provides no driving thrills. The satisfaction of shifting gears manually is offset by a clutch that feels like a bowl of soup.


The 2012 Impreza Sport delivers gas-sipping performance in a stylish yet understated package. The mpg rating is the best available in an AWD, and fuel economy is even better with the manual transmission. The voluminous and nicely finished interior further distances the car  from the notion of “econobox.”

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.5 rating