The 2012 Subaru Impreza comes in three basic trim levels. The base 2.0i starts at $17,995 for the sedan—the hatchback adds $500 to every price level—which is unchanged from last year’s model. Then there’s the intermediate 2.0i Premium, at $18,975; and new for this year, a high-end 2.0i Limited model as well.
Last year’s Impreza-based Outback Sport model, with contrasting wheel-arch paint and a few other trim differences, is gone. Instead, an Impreza Sport model offers a more tuner-friendly Impreza, with platinum-gray wheels and other trim variations. The top of the range is the 2.0i Sport Limited, starting at $22,595. Subaru adds a mandatory delivery charge of $745 to all prices.
The 2.0i Premium model adds 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a six-speaker single-CD radio with Bluetooth streaming, hands-free mobile phone integration, a USB port, and iPod integration, along with steering wheel switches for audio and phone control. Other upgrades include fog lights, cruise control, a rear-suspension stabilizer bar, and a cargo cover for the load bay in the hatchback.
Options include the Lineartronic CVT, the Navigation package, a power moonroof, a 17-inch alloy wheel package, and an all-weather package with heated front seats and exterior mirrors and a wiper de-icer.
The Limited trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels and the CVT with 6-speed manual mode and paddle shifters as standard, plus leather seat upholstery, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlights, an AM/FM/CD stereo with HD radio, and some trim options.
Four sound systems are available across the various models: standard, premium, a Display Radio with a 4.3-inch screen, and a Navigation Radio that neatly packages a navigation system that displays on a 6.1-inch LCD screen.
Starting price may be a hair under $18,000, but a five-door 2.0i Sport Limited with the CVT we tested stickered above $25,000, including the $745 destination charge and a flat $2,000 for a moonroof and Navigation package.
For 2013, Subaru will launch an as-yet unnamed model with higher ride height and more distinct styling, based on the XV model just introduced in Europe.