Photo Review: 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport Limited Five-Door

By Brandon Turkus

April 16, 2012


Rear and lateral visibility is excellent thanks to thinner than normal pillars, which we love. The Impreza makes up for its lack of a backup camera or blind-spot sensors plain ol' good sight lines.


The Subaru has a comfortable backseat for those in the six-foot range or smaller, with a decent amount of leg and headroom. Shoulder and hip real estate seem a bit tight though, so we’d avoid stuffing three adults in back unless they were all quite good friends.


The front seats are quite comfortable, although we did feel like we were riding rather high in this car. Overall support is good, with a decent amount of bolstering.


The 2.0-liter boxer four engine is fairly quiet except at the highest peaks of the rev range, and despite being down 22 horsepower and 25 pound-feet of torque on the old 2.5-liter, picking up speed isn’t really too difficult.


With 52.4 cubic feet of cargo space, the Impreza makes a fine choice for cargo hauling. The backseats fold down incase you have some seriously big cargo.


The seventeen-inch gunmetal wheels are exclusive to the Sport trim.


We included this shot because, well, those gauges look pretty darn cool at night. There aren’t enough manufacturers that use red gauges.


Our primary issue with the much-improved cabin is the recalcitrant touchscreen navigation and audio system. It’s difficult to read and is too small for our digits to interact with easily.

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John Beltz Snyder first tested the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza in both sedan and hatch form way back in October of 2011. Since then, we’ve had a chance to test the sedan version over the course of a week, passing it between staffers.

Now, we’ve got the top tamale of the Impreza range. This is the 2012 Impreza Sport Limited. It’s available only as a five-door wagon, packs a 2.0-liter, flat-four engine, a moonroof, and satellite navigation system. Total cost of admittance is $25,714, with a base price of $22,895.
Click through the gallery above to read some of our notes about the car.