Pros -Excellent Road Feel
-Lots of utility
-The most uncolored stock stereo available
-Great in the Wet/Snow
-Massive side view mirrors
Cons Trunk was made smaller at the expense of cabin size
Average stock tires
Summary the impreza is a great way to get AWD safety and performance at reasonably high fuel efficiency. It's a very nice car to drive, with enough power to get me on and off the highway and pass at will.
I have seen it noted as a negative by others, but I love how unstylized the interior is. When car shopping I was completely turned off by the lines inside the Focus and Elantra. Their cockpits look more like a design experiment rather than anywhere you would want to spend your time. And the Civic was just as bad with it's dual level instrument cluster. For the interior, I want a minimum of fuss with well laid out controls and enough storage. The Impreza is great in this regard. All controls are well within reach and provide reassuring feedback. This coupled with great responsiveness, good gas mileage, and exemplary safety made the Impreza an easy choice for me.
Pros Symmetrical All-wheel Drive, Safety, Highest re-sale value in the industry, 36MPG, High Quality materials compared to other vehicle in this segment/price range. Tremendous value.
Cons Hard to find.
Summary I custom ordered my 2012 Impreza Sport Limited back in Sept. I have been driving it for just over a month and I absolutely LOVE it. The Impreza reviewed by Cnet is a SPORT PREMIUM and NOT a Sport Limited. The Sport Limited has a nicer audio system with a 4.3" display, making browsing your files pretty easy, unlike what the CNET reviewer said.
I have had the honor of testing the all-new 2012 Impreza against the competitor vehicles at Miller Motorsports Park. The Impreza easily out-brakes the Honda Civic (by over 5 feet in dry conditions, 3 feet in wet conditions) The Impreza handles better and holds more G-force mid-corner than the Mazda3. The Impreza has a more impressive list of standard features than any other vehcile in this segment. Driving in snow and ice is impossible with any other vehicle in this segment. Like all Subaru models, the all-new 2012 Impreza handles snow like a monkey handles a peanut.
Pros - Subaru AWD
- Mileage; have managed almost 40 mpg with highway driving, more like 25-28 in city
- Handles great in turns
- Looks great
- Lots of space (I'm 6' tall and have no problems)
- Bluetooth is awesome for music and calls
- Nice interior
Cons - Stock tires suck. Get snows if you're going to be doing winter driving.
- iPod and Bluetooth navigation are tricky, though once you figure it out it's not bad
- Engine is a bit whiny sounding
Summary Had the Premium trim model (with winter package and popular package 1) for a month and loving it so far. Handles great and feels zippier than you'd think for 145 hp. Only real downside is that the engine is a little whiny when accelerating, but it doesn't seem to affect the mileage or pickup. GREAT in the snow, just like every Subaru I've owned (especially with snow tires - it's pretty much unstoppable unless you're going through a foot of unplowed, in which case the low clearance would be an issue). Great mileage, great AWD and a great price (paid about$20K for the Premium CVT model with a couple of choice options, and Subaru offered 0.9% financing) - no other car we considered in this segment came close. Very happy with our purchase.
Pros 7 airbags
Proven reliability / resale value / build quality (stuff doesn't begin falling off in a year - see a GM product for reference)
All weather capability
Rear seat room nearing that of a Honda Accord
Cons Subaru among other great carmakers need to re-evaluate their warranty offerings in comparison to the challenges from Kia/Hyundai/Suzuki
It doesn't have a 6billion watt stereo with speakers that will blow women's clothes off. (note sarcasm)
Summary When car guys review cars - they review cars. When geeks review cars - they tend to review the gadgets. I am both and am capable of maintaining my objectivity in relation to what I am actually reviewing. Any review should be an exercise in purpose for a possible purchase. "Would I buy this car for me/my wife/son/daughter/recommend to a friend who trusts my judgement and knowledge of automobiles? e t c
From what I have read above, I would expect to see a summary similar to: "The Kia Soul has a 400+ watt Infinity sound system. Buy it!"
Pros Fun, solid handling
CVT performance and economy
comfortable, roomy interior
good build quality
Cons average electronics
Summary We own a Premium hatch with moonroof, alloy wheels, and winter package. Love the versatility and utility of this car; it's built for an active lifestyle. The CVT is in most ways superior to traditional and dual-clutch automatics. CNet's review strikes us as mostly on the money, although we find the handling solid and reassuring, and nearly the equal of the Ford Focus.
Fuel economy is everything we hoped for. At 4,000 miles, we're getting 30.5 mpg in suburban driving, 33 mpg on I-70 in the mountains of Colorado up to 11,000 feet.
Yes, the electronics are rather ordinary. At least they are not plagued with Ford's MyFordTouch problems.
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