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2013 Subaru Impreza Preview

7/2/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Standard all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 4- and 5-door body styles
  • EPA-estimated to achieve up to 36 mpg on the highway
  • Up to 52.4 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded
  • 5-passenger seating
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming

Introduction
An all-new Impreza was introduced in 2012, but Subaru managed to add a few updates to its entry-level model for 2013. These include Bluetooth connectivity across the entire lineup, new optional rearview camera, and more standard features for Premium models. Buyers have the choice of 4-door sedan and 5-door wagon body styles, as well as base 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport Premium, 2.0i Limited, and 2.0i Sport Limited trim levels.

Exterior Features
A quick glance at the base 2013 Impreza 2.0i reveals basic amenities including 15-inch steel wheels, power-adjustable outside mirrors, rear spoiler (5-door), and a rear window wiper (5-door). The 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium is dressed up a bit more with 16-inch alloy wheels, more body-color trim, and a rear stabilizer bar. Premium models equipped with a manual transmission also feature heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Those cold-weather items are standard on the 2.0i Sport Premium, a 5-door trim level that offers 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, black roof rails, and side skirts.

Near the top of the 2013 Impreza lineup is the 2.0i Limited, available in both body styles and boasting automatic headlights and chrome trim. The 5-door 2.0i Sport Limited looks much the same except for a silver-colored grille.

Interior Features
The interior of the 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i is home to a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, 65/35 split-folding rear seat, and a 4-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio, USB port, auxiliary input jack, and iPod integration.

In addition to those items, the 2.0i Premium offers an extra pair of speakers, adjustable front center armrest, cruise control, chrome trim, and, when equipped with a manual transmission, heated front seats. The 2.0i Sport Premium model differs only with its upgraded cloth upholstery.

For Audiophiles, Subaru has equipped the 2013 Impreza 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Sport Limited variants with the standard sound system, plus HD Radio, 4.3-inch LCD screen, and iTunes tagging. Other upgrades include automatic climate control, leather upholstery and steering wheel trim, and a rear fold-down armrest.

Optional Features
Among the 2013 Impreza's factory options are a power tilt/slide moonroof, alloy wheels, and a navigation system featuring a 6.1-inch LCD touch screen, voice activation, available satellite radio service and real-time traffic information, and a new rearview camera.

Under the Hood
All 2013 Subaru Imprezas are equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer engine that delivers 148 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque, output that's directed to the ground via a standard AWD system. Depending on trim level, the standard gearbox is either a 5-speed manual with hill-start assist or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with manual mode, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and new-for-2013 hill-start assist.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru Impreza are:

  • Impreza 4-door with manual transmission: 25/34/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Impreza 5-door with manual transmission: 25/33/28 mpg
  • Impreza 4-door or 5-door with CVT: 27/36/30 mpg

Safety
The 2013 Subaru Impreza's standard safety features include 7 air bags, traction control, front active head restraints, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, daytime running lights, brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution.

In government crash tests, the 2013 Subaru Impreza received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Impreza received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate frontal-offset crash protection; the Impreza also received a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Institute.

Technology
When equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission, the 2013 Impreza's AWD system utilizes a viscous-coupling center differential; when paired with the CVT, the AWD system features an electronic continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch.

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