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2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door Review

High-Performance Hatchback

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door

In short: A sporty, WRC-inspired 5-door hatchback.

Coming standard with a 265-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder that shoots it to 60 in just 4.7 seconds, the Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door is one fast hatch. However, horsepower isn't this Subie's only selling point. With Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel drive, cool optional features like touch-screen navigation and nearly 45 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded down, the WRX 5-Door makes for a great all-purpose, all-weather vehicle.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited mile rust perforation warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $25,495 / As Tested: $26,220

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged, horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 265 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 244 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,208 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 173.8/70.7/58.1 in
Turning circle: 34.8 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut front with stabilizer bar; double wishbone rear

Traction: vehicle dynamics control, traction control system

0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
Top speed: 142 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; side-curtain airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Likes: super sporty; versatile

Dislikes: can get you in trouble with the authorities


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