2012 Subaru Impreza: First drive
The improved, higher-mileage Impreza stands to steal buyers away from other compact cars when it arrives next month. But Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder says Impreza needs to sell all-wheel drive's advantages beyond foul-weather traction.
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The redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza's most compelling attributes are evident before you even start the engine. Take a glance and you'll see more mature styling in both the sedan and four-door hatchback. Get inside and you'll find excellent sightlines, roominess and improved quality. Look at the specifications and you'll see impressive mileage for a car in the compact class, especially for one with Subaru's signature standard all-wheel drive: 27/36 mpg city/highway.