Winter's Latest Nemesis
Delightful to drive in all weather
The two most notable findings I take away from my test drive of the 2012 Impreza pertain to refinement and traction.
The vehicle is far more refined operationally than previous Imprezas, and that’s good. The new generation is for the most part a quiet, smooth operator. I noticed though, that road noise can become elevated on the highway. It’s nothing that should repel a potential buyer, but something that Subaru may want to work on in the future.
Not in need of remediation is the outstanding traction and control that this vehicle provides in slippery conditions. I drove the 5-door version up a snow and ice covered mountain road and was truly impressed with its ability to retain traction and composure in conditions that I’m sure would have had other typical econoboxes sidelined ‘til spring.
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For an auto journalist, the true measure of a vehicle’s worth is whether he or she would recommend it to friends and family. The answer here is a resounding, “yes,” especially if the criteria for selection include recreational usage and a very tight budget.
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