The 2012 Subaru Impreza, unveiled at the New York Auto Show this spring, has the highest projected gas mileage of any all-wheel drive vehicle on sale in the U.S. this year: 27 mpg city and an impressive 36 mpg highway.

Now Subaru has released pricing for its compact four-door sedan and hatchback models, and while the fuel efficiency has risen, the price hasn't.

Subaru held the line entirely, pricing the base 2012 Impreza 2.0i sedan with a five-speed manual gearbox at $17,495 (plus a mandatory $750 delivery fee on all models). That's exactly the same price as the comparable model last year.

The hatchback is $500 more, at $17,995. Adding a continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic to either car, a new option this year, raises the price by $1,000, to $18,495 or $18,995 respectively.

The 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter flat-four engine is also new this year, producing the same power on less gasoline as last year's older 2.5-liter engine.

More upscale trim levels include Premium, Sport Premium, and Limited models.

The 2012 Subaru Impreza line will start to arrive at Subaru dealers this November.



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