2012 Subaru Impreza vs. Its Competition

2012 Subaru Impreza
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2012 Subaru Impreza doesn't really compete against the highest volume compacts (Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus) but with the second tier of "fun to drive" competitors from Mazda, VW, and others.

It's reasonably priced, though a new top-tier trim level can take the price above $25,000, and the standard all-wheel drive is a feature no other compact can touch.

With nicer styling and gas mileage that's 30 percent better for 2012, the Impreza is newly competitive and offers a distinctly different compact alternative.

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Quick Specs
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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.
8.2
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
7.4
The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
8.2
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
7.8
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
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The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
MSRP From     
$17,495$15,345$15,200$15,200$17,995$15,515
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize carsCompact CarsCompactCompactCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Manual 2.0i4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i SV2-Door HB Manual4-Door Manual Base
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/A4
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door HB4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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