The list of compact cars offered with all-wheel-drive as an option is short.
The list of compact cars that come with all-wheel-drive standard is even shorter: Subaru Impreza.
For 2012, Subaru has restyled its Impreza compact sedan and hatchback, and fitted them with a new and more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engine, in the characteristic flat-four configuration that gives Subarus their distinctive exhaust note.
The company is proud of the 36-mpg highway rating for gas mileage that it expects to achieve, a significant increase over the highest rating of 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway for the 2011 Impreza fitted with a 2.5-liter engine and five-speed manual transmission.
In one of our last videos from April's 2011 New York Auto Show, below, we walk around both body styles of the 2012 Subaru Impreza and show you what's changed.
Included is the new styling, revisions to the interior, more seating space, and other updates that Subaru feels will keep its smallest car line fresh and distinctive in the increasingly competitive compact-car segment.
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