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Subaru Impreza (2013)

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The new-generation Subaru Impreza four-door and five-door compact models for 2012 more than doubled sales over the previous model to become one of the brand’s best sellers. For 2013, the Impreza receives some goodies such as standard Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack and steering wheel controls. A rearview camera is now included with the navigation system.

Subaru is known for making reliable, economical, well priced, quirky cars with all wheel drive. As a matter of fact, for years, they were just about the only choice for people needing an economical AWD car. (the quirkiness was a bonus) The old Impreza seemed a little too “normal” for a Subaru. The updated 2012 model was more shapely, had a dramatically nicer interior, and better fuel economy. For 2013, the Impreza receives a few goodies such as Bluetooth, iPod hookups, and a much improved NAV system with backup camera.

The 2013 Subaru Impreza is powered by a 148 hp 2liter boxer four-cylinder engine that is mated to your choice of a five speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. The EPA says you should get 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway for the manual transmission model. The CVT option bumps up the mileage numbers to 27 city/ 36 highway. All of this adds up to make the Impreza the most fuel efficient AWD car in the US. As much As I love fuel economy, give me the fun to drive manual transmission anytime. I will give up the fuel economy.

The 2013 Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trim levels. My test vehicle was the sedan, so I need to talk about it. However, let it be noted that I like the hatchback more than the sedan because of its versatility.

Inside, the Impreza has high quality rich looking soft touch materials on the dash, center console, and door panels, and of course, great fit and finish. Big door pockets can hold plastic drink bottles and large maps. Numerous compartments an storage cubbies located in and around the center console hold all manner of today’s personal treasures. There are plenty of power plugs for your electronics too.

The front seats are comfortable, the rear seat is great even for adults, and the truck enormous. The base trim level is pretty basic. At the Premium Limited and Sport Limited trim levels, you have just about anything you could ever ask for. I think that the real story of Subaru is not what trim level you get, but how reliable and capable these cars are.

The 2013 Subaru Impreza comes with a lot of electronic goodies such as stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, and airbags everywhere. In 2012 it was an IIHS Top Pick and I expect the 2013 to be the same.

The 2013 Subaru Impreza has a good road feel, stable and planted at all times. This is thanks to its stiff chassis and great AWD system. Rain, mud, and snow are never a problem. Last year, Subaru decided to feature fuel economy over performance, but it still runs good enough to be fun. The CVT version is not a rocket ship by any means.

Still, with a base model in the low $17k range and a loaded version at $21k, the Impreza is a good candidate for anyone looking for a reliable AWD compact sedan. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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