With gas prices soaring then falling back, and the stock market plummeting and then trying to recover, it's nice to have some financial stability in the news.
Subaru has calmly chosen to keep the price of its new 2012 Impreza compact line the same as last year's models. That's despite a complete restyling, a new and more fuel-efficient 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter flat-four engine, and the addition of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to replace last year's conventional automatic.
The base 2012 Impreza 2.0i with a five-speed manual transmission is priced at $17,495, and the five-door hatchback is $17,995.
Specifying the CVT automatic adds $1,000 to each model, and you can also choose from several more upscale trim levels, including Premium, Sport Premium, and Limited models.
All models are also subject to a mandatory delivery fee of $750.
Subaru is proud that the 2012 Impreza has the highest gas mileage among all the vehicles sold in the U.S. with all-wheel drive. Projected EPA ratings are 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
New 2012 Impreza models will be in Subaru dealers by November.