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10-03-2011, 12:06 PM
Filed under: Hatchback (http://www.autoblog.com/category/hatchbacks/), Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/category/subaru/), New Car Reviews (http://www.autoblog.com/category/reviews/)

All-Wheel-Drive Stalwart Stays The Course

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It was a welcome change of pace to sit through a new car product presentation and not have to listen to company pitchmen repeat the adjective "best-in-class" over and over again. The simple truth is that the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza (http://autoblog.com/subaru/impreza) doesn't really have best-in-class anything - power, fuel economy, cruising range, cargo capacity or even warranty. The major thing that sets the new Impreza apart from its competition is standard all-wheel drive - a Subaru staple (at least, until the rear-wheel-drive BRZ (http://autoblog.com/tag/brz) shows up).

By equipping the Impreza with all-wheel drive as standard kit, Subaru (http://autoblog.com/subaru) is hoping to achieve one best-in-class mention: drivability. With its brand-new 2.0-liter flat-four engine (http://www.autoblog.com/2011/02/10/subarus-new-2-0-liter-boxer-its-better-but-does-it-matter/) leading the charge, Subaru aims to offer a solid package that proves to be the most engaging steer in its segment. Besides, if this new car will someday form the basis for the hotter WRX (http://autoblog.com/subaru/wrx) and STI (http://autoblog.com/subaru/wrx+sti) models, it had better be at least somewhat engaging in original recipe guise, right? We headed to the hills of New York and Connecticut to find out.Continue reading 2012 Subaru Impreza (http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/03/2012-subaru-impreza-first-drive-review/)

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