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Old 11-22-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone test drive a 2012 Impreza yet?

What's your opinion on it now that you have driven one, especially the 5 door hatchback?
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:32 AM   #2
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No opinions? A test vehicle ha s been out for a month already, at least here in the Cali bay area. My turn will be this Friday.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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people own them already
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:34 AM   #4
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I sat in one yesterday at the LA Autoshow. There not out yet down here but should be anytime.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Are you sure? I was at the dealership 2 weeks ago and they had a test model, but they said they weren't in sale yet. Are you sure you're not thinking of the WRXs or STis?
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:19 PM   #7
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I'm going to be trying one out this weekend. A couple dealers out here have them in stock(so they say). I may go ahead and trade in the BMW for one if everything works out.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:31 PM   #8
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My wife and I drove a hatchback on 10/31/11. This was our very first time in a Subie and we liked it so much we ordered a Limited Sedan. The dealer said it should be early January at the latest when ours came in. We drove a premium with the CVT. It had great acceleration (for us), great handling, smooth, quiet and good visibility. WE were looking for an AWD with heated seats - this was more than we were hoping for with good MPG and less expensive than any other AWD vehicle out there.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:35 PM   #9
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Go test one for yourself!

I'm useless as I can't drive and I've been trying to convince my dad to take a WRX/STI out for a test drive for years now!
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:03 AM   #10
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yes mate they are great
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:39 AM   #11
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We haven't seen the new 2012 Impreza's around here yet. Most dealers have them "in shipment". Looking forward to driving one to compare to the '06 and '08 imprezas we've had.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:13 PM   #12
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From the 190 page 2012 impresa thread:

I just drove a 2012 premium sedan demo car, with 4000 miles on it. Here's my impressions...

Steering is a bit twitchy at highway speeds, but nice in the city. Very light effort, but no slack, and no funny feeling at center (unlike the A4 I traded in on my pre-order). The CVT/torque converter jumps the car forward unless you just barely touch the throttle. It'll be no problem to get the jump on other cars at stoplights.

We had 3 BIG middle-aged people in the car, and the car accelerated to 70 mph on a short, steep on-ramp at full-throttle, well before we had to merge. Engine was thrashy and noisy doing this, unlike my wife's 2012 Outback. CVT was noisier than the 12 OB, too. 2000 rpm at 60 mph. I love the CVT's! Under slight wind, the sedan was buffeted more than I expected. May have been due to rearward weight distribution from passenger...

Suspension was very compliant over expansion joints. Not quite as smooth as the 2012 Outback. Interior was nicely quiet at all speeds, again not quite as much as the OB. Headlights were very good for being halogen. Nowhere near as good as bi-xenons, massively better than my 2000 OB. Leather seats were very comfy with good bolsters for cornering.

Plenty of legroom in the back, front seat had massive amount of legroom. 'Pleather' steering wheel -does- feel plasticy... Brakes were fine, with a bit more slack than I expected-maybe 1/4", and were not touchy at all. I didn't use them hard. *Lots* of interior room, very wide cabin with lots of headroom. It's bigger than my 2K OB!

My HB is scheduled to arrive in mid/late January, it'll be very tough to wait that long. Love the car.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:54 PM   #13
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Awesome. Sounds like the consumer likes it much more than the reviewers. I wonder if the sti/wrx owners have a change of heart?
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:46 PM   #14
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My father test drove one about 2 weeks ago and loved it. The car seemed pretty peppy even with the CVT with 4 and 1/2 people in the car. (One rather large guy haha) The test vehicle at the dealership had 5k miles on it and was still getting around 30mpg which I was impressed with.

The car seemed quieter and the rear legroom, where I was sitting, was much better than my current 06 wrx. Also for an extra 500 dollars the all weather package is worth it and I think that is an excellent price. They did a really nice job with the new impreza and I like the styling as well.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:10 PM   #15
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Just came back from a quick test drive. Premium 5 door with cvt, first time driving a subie, it felt very secure in the cockpit and quiet. Take off was pretty good, getting on the freeway was no problem. Very comfortable, sat low like in an older civic/integra which I like. Back seat was comfortable and roomy. a definite upgrade compared to cars worth $30k+. More room and comfy that a Honda Accord. Placed an order for a Sport premium 5 door with 5 speed manual. Looking forward for it when it's in.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:56 PM   #16
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You will not be able to drive one until the brake issue is fixed.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:34 PM   #17
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I picked mine up yesterday STI limited and it is amzing, traded in my 11 wrx stg 2 +
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:58 PM   #18
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I picked mine up yesterday STI limited and it is amzing, traded in my 11 wrx stg 2 +
I believe they are speaking about the new body style 2.0i, not the WRX/STI models which are still on last years chasis afaik.

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Old 11-27-2011, 06:26 PM   #19
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I believe they are speaking about the new body style 2.0i, not the WRX/STI models which are still on last years chasis afaik.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:56 PM   #20
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You will not be able to drive one until the brake issue is fixed.
What brake issue?
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:43 AM   #21
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Fixed
Woops, thank you! Talk about a slip up.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:01 AM   #22
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Just came back from a quick test drive. Premium 5 door with cvt, first time driving a subie, it felt very secure in the cockpit and quiet. Take off was pretty good, getting on the freeway was no problem. Very comfortable, sat low like in an older civic/integra which I like. Back seat was comfortable and roomy. a definite upgrade compared to cars worth $30k+. More room and comfy that a Honda Accord. Placed an order for a Sport premium 5 door with 5 speed manual. Looking forward for it when it's in.
What you said makes very little sense. The new Impreza is an upgrade from a $30k+ car? lolwat?
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:34 AM   #23
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Heard only good things about them. Only knock against it was excessive road and wind noise. Not enough deadening.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:34 PM   #24
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I have to drive one !
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #25
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What you said makes very little sense. The new Impreza is an upgrade from a $30k+ car? lolwat?
I guess it does sound weird. I meant the comfort and interior was as good as cars costing more.
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