Subaru Impreza: From the Inside Out
Gotryke test drivers artist Lee Quinones and editor Tamara Warren spent a week tooling around in the Subaru Impreza. They were both big fans the 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport by the end of the journey. “It reminds me of itself being a nice simple package ready for the masses. One of a kind indeed,” Quinones says.
Lee weighed in on the Impreza’s seven standout interior design qualities.Lee’s take on the Inside:
1.The Wheel: I loved the the leather strapped steering wheel and its paddle shifters mirrored the zippy little motor that could.
2.The Gauges: The continental shelf display for the outside temperature, average MPG and the clock are put in the right sweet spot of the upper dash. Simple ignition/door lock key is a plus for those who are forgetful these days.
3.The Knobs: The lower climate setting knobs are nice and simple to find even in pitch darkness, but those digital controls for the audio settings keep me off that feature. Bluetooth hands free phone connecting is a plus as well as the USB port and Ipod intersection.
4. Fit and Finish: Again the combination of what I call “Black Espresso Coffee” on the upper deck of interior color and lower deck cream goes well in a smaller cabin, though this interior feels big enough with all the sunlight coming from the windows.
5. The Seats: The leather trimmed upholstered buckets and rear split rumble seat are more than fair in their feel and comfort. They snug you well into your comfort zone for driving and they feel to be rather tough leather that can weather the abuse.
6. The Room: They sure made way for space in this pup because the simulated door side vent windows give an impression of a wider windshield surface for better driving visibility. The rear door simulated vent windows also give a better 360 view for those urban encounters of the third kind.
7. The Climate: The AC climate was more then ample to cool off even the biggest hot heads loitering in the rear seats.
The Gripe: I am not fond of the ever so annoying sliding center console compartment door that was more like a trap door. Always felt like Batman or the Butler would step out of it.
Tamara was impressed with the Impreza’s sporty handling and bang for bucks. “The Impreza is the complete package for a funky, yet not frill family car.”
1. We are hatchback fans and the Impreza hatchback is a solid choice in the offering that scoots and feels light on its feet with its mindful aerodynamic shpae.
2. All-wheel drive and vehicle dynamics control make this among the most manageable get around town cars for a sticker price of $22,895.
3. Sometimes all-wheel drive hinders fuel economy– not so for the Impreza, which earns an EPA rating of 36 mpg on the highway and 27 MPG in city conditions.
4. We drove the respectable base 2.0 liter model, but the turb0-charge WRX make for a whole other story when it comes to big numbers on consumption and perfomance.
5. Very few changes between the 2012 and 2013 model years except that Bluetooth and the spruced-up audio system are standard.