2012 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0 from North America
Not the best quality from Subaru
Very thin sheet metal. Parking it near any type of trees results in dents from acorns and such.
This car was pretty comfortable overall and it never felt cramped for my size (6'3"). I was pretty disappointed, however, in the overall quality. The sheet metal was horribly thin on it. The car was parked in the same lot our other car was, and the lease inspection guy thought it had been in a hail storm when he checked it over for the lease turn in. There were at least a dozen dents on the top and more on the hood. This was caused from acorns coming off the trees. Our other car has not one mark on it at 5 years old. A car built for use in the NE should be able to withstand acorns dropping onto it.
The other disappointment was the interior. The rattles and squeaks were ridiculous and started before the car had a few thousand miles on it. The seat squeaked all the time I had it, and there was such a bad rattle in the dash, it drove me crazy every time I drove it. Those are always the type of things dealers can't duplicate when they look at a vehicle, so I never did get them fixed.
It seemed to me they wanted to trim weight off of the car to get it to get better gas mileage, but they sacrificed too much in the way of quality to do so. I had an '05 that was much better. The worst part is I was still getting only 24 MPG while the car was rated 27/36. I drove it slow and easy too... what else can you do with a CVT after all?
All in all, it is a good looking car, but I lost my enthusiasm for it pretty quickly. I was really glad it was my first (and only) lease. Luckily Subaru has a good turn in program and gave me a $1K credit for damages. I got out of it unscathed!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th November, 2015
28th Nov 2015, 19:40
I have a 2012 Sport Limited with 34k miles and no problems with squeaky seats. However, I do hear a rattling noise coming from the dash on occasion and narrowed it down to the speaker grilles that sit between the A pillars and windshield. They are made from a flimsy metal material and sit against a plastic speaker housing. When the conditions are right they vibrate.
I am thinking of gluing some lightweight felt material around the edge of the grilles or maybe spraying them with Plasti Dip; just haven't gotten around to it.