The all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza carries the small, quirky Japanese company further into competition with mainstream makers of compact sedans and hatchbacks. But true to its roots, Subaru does things a little differently.
The goal for this latest iteration of its smallest model line was to make the 2012 Impreza sedan and hatchback a closer match to what buyers want. The styling is crisper and less polarizing, and the fuel economy is up to 30 percent better than last year's model.
Pricing remains competitive, and there's the brand's legendary reliability: 95 percent of the Subarus sold over the last 10 years are still on the road. But Subaru offers a standard feature you'll find on precious few other compacts, even as an option: all-wheel drive on every model.
The competition for the new Impreza isn't really the high-volume, blander end of the compact range--Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla. Instead, Impreza buyers have more likely looked at the...
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