Compared to my 2006 BMW 330i that was totaled while parked: Subaru is smaller, a bit noisier, less fancy electronics, narrower. Only owned it a month, but like it so far. Being narrower, it is easier to park and maneuver in small spaces. Good value - this was about same price as my BMW with 130K miles.
2012 SUBARU IMPREZA
I bought this car for the AWD. I was worried the AWD would mean low MPG. The advertised MPG is 36. I get 36 MPG at 70 MPH. At 60 or 65, I am getting 40 MPG. I am really loving this car.
Used Subaru Impreza Information
The Subaru Impreza is a compact car that first became available in model year 1993 as a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. Later generations also feature a wagon body style. Since its inception, the Impreza has impressed owners with its focus on design, technology and safety. When it comes to size, a family of three to four people will find this car ideal. The rear seats provide 44 cubic feet of storage when folded down'not bad for a compact vehicle.
In the same class as the more popular Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla vehicles, the Subaru Impreza has distinguished itself by offering all-wheel drive standard across models since the late 1990's. It also provides owners with many stylish and functional upgrades. Therefore you'll find many used Imprezas with built-in navigation systems, custom spoilers, chrome grilles and full body kits. Most compact cars do not lend themselves to this much customization, especially non-luxury vehicles.
Fuel economy has always been one of the Impreza's stronger suits. Even on older models you can expect between 20 and 27 mpg on average. Beginning in 2007, some Impreza models feature diesel engines. When you're shopping for a Subaru Impreza, you will notice that there are many different versions of the vehicle. Rather than making a few major overhauls, Subaru constantly refines the Impreza based on changing market demands.
While updates are more iterative than sweeping, the Impreza has seen four generations of significant change during the past 20 years. The most notable adjustment came around 2001, when Subaru made improvements to the speed and safety of this vehicle. The Impreza move was intended to shift from being a more traditional compact car to a stylish performance machine. The body length increased, turbo-charged engines became available and the overall design became more appealing. The enhancements were well received as the Impreza made the 10-best list in Wheels magazine for 2002 and 2003. Additionally, the 2007 Impreza received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Proving it's more than an award-winning family sedan, the Impreza has been driven to victory in off-road rally competitions all over the world.
Carfax currently has 2,060 used Subaru Imprezas, 89% with no previously reported accidents. At the moment the average price is $21,439, while 89% have service records and 67% have had only one previous owner. You’ll also be able to find plenty of vehicles with Heated Seats, Handsfree/Bluetooth Integration and Keyless Entry.