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Selected Style 4-Door Manual 2.0i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $16,734 $17,495
4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $17,651 $18,495
4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $17,936 $18,795
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $18,853 $19,795
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i 25 34 $17,011 $17,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i 27 36 $17,928 $18,795
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,214 $19,095
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,131 $20,095
4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,517 $21,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,795 $21,895
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i 25 34 $17,475 $18,295
5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,198 $17,995
5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,115 $18,995
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i 27 36 $18,392 $19,295
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,678 $19,595
5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,400 $19,295
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,317 $20,295
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,595 $20,595
5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,306 $20,295
5-Door Manual PZEV 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,583 $20,595
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,223 $21,295
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,500 $21,595
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,982 $22,095
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Limited 27 36 $21,260 $22,395
5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,423 $22,595
5-Door Automatic PZEV 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,700 $22,895
4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,734
$14,900
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,495
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative. The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 52.2 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 35.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.9 96.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 54.7
Front Leg Room (in) 43.5 43.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 61.6
Wheelbase (in) 104.1 104.3
Liftover Height (in) 27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.5 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 59.4 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 178.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 14.7
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.7
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 33.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2910 2729
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 6.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 145 @ 4200 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6200 156 @ 6200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.89 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.25
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.33 3.58
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Subaru Impreza Sedan Kia Forte
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.7 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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