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4-Door Automatic 2.0i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $17,651 $18,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,517 $21,595
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited PZEV 27 36 $20,795 $21,895
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i PZEV 27 36 $17,928 $18,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $18,853 $19,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium PZEV 27 36 $19,131 $20,095
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $16,734 $17,495
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i PZEV 25 34 $17,011 $17,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $17,936 $18,795
Impreza Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0i Premium PZEV 25 34 $18,214 $19,095
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i 27 36 $18,115 $18,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited 27 36 $20,982 $22,095
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Limited PZEV 27 36 $21,260 $22,395
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i PZEV 27 36 $18,392 $19,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium 27 36 $19,317 $20,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Premium PZEV 27 36 $19,595 $20,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited 27 36 $21,423 $22,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Limited PZEV 27 36 $21,700 $22,895
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium 27 36 $20,223 $21,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Automatic 2.0i Sport Premium PZEV 27 36 $20,500 $21,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i 25 34 $17,198 $17,995
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i PZEV 25 34 $17,475 $18,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium 25 34 $18,400 $19,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Premium PZEV 25 34 $18,678 $19,595
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium 25 34 $19,306 $20,295
Impreza Wagon 5-Door Manual 2.0i Sport Premium PZEV 25 34 $19,583 $20,595
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4-Door Automatic Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,035 $17,745
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 24 32 $22,459 $23,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 32 $22,459 $23,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 24 33 $15,979 $16,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,574 $26,640
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $27,255 $28,390
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $28,051 $29,220
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $24,517 $25,540
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $26,198 $27,290
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,994 $28,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,651
$15,950
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,495
$16,615
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$277 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
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 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.9 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.1 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.5 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 182.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 15.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2910 2881
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
145 @ 4200 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 29
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.70 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 - 0.57 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.56
Trans Type
1 6
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Subaru Impreza Sedan Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 6.7
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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