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2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test Posts: 9,975
edited September 2014 in Subaru


  • It is funny that you quote the EPA ratings of 27/36 when you guys are getting:
    Worst Fill MPG: 21.2
    Best Fill MPG: 31.0
    Average Lifetime MPG: 25.9
  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021
    Always nice to get a shout out. I suppose the best way to answer the question is to ask Subaru for a 5 speed version to drive for a few days. That will help sort out how much of the perceived lack of power is an actual lack of power and how much is due to the transmission type.
  • s197gts197gt Posts: 485
    this vehicle reminds me a lot of my 2002 mazda protege5 sportwagon i bought new. excellent handling and still looks good today. but i sold it after 30k miles because it, too, was gutless in the engine department. it was also PZEZ as i recall and it had 130hp with a 4-speed auto. it could not break 100mph. i was so disappointed when i found that out. it maxed out around 90 as i recall. i was like, "that's it?! your done!" i think and extra 20 hp would have done the protege5 wonders, but it was surely a much lighter car than this one. this car probably needs 30 more hp.
  • fordson1fordson1 Posts: 1,512
    I think bankerdanny is right and Philip is wrong. This is a 3100-lb. car with 148 hp and 145 lb/ft of torque. And it has AWD, which kicks the drivetrain power loss from probably 12% to maybe 18%.

    It's just gutless.

    "But where does the "Sport" part of this Subie come in?" C'mon - next you'll be telling us there's no tooth fairy.
  • I'm also guessing that it has California specific emissions and tuning. Past experience shows that is enough to neuter throttle response.
  • Or get a Mazda3
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