2012 Subaru Impreza
There are 5 user reviews for the 2.0i 5-Door trim shown below
- Confortable seats; Good handling.
- BASE Model Auto CVT is terrible!!!
Purchased As New
Be aware ... the Auto CVT transmission in the BASE 2.0i Models uses a different shifter mechanism than those in the Premium or Limited. Do not be tempted to purchase this transmission. You will regret it. Overall, this can be a great car -- just not with this particular transmission option. Avoid it!
This is my 7th Subaru. I love them. But, not this one. Read on for more details.
This transmission does not have any driver controls for shifting up or down. (Unlike the other models) You have no control over how this transmission functions in order to match your driving conditions. It tends to get stuck in lower gears and rev very high. This makes for a very frustrating drive in hilly rural areas. (where you might want AWD!) It also drags down the car's MPG tremendously. In some conditions it is even dangerous. (Think of a transmission engine breaking going down hill on a snowy road. Not good!)
Subaru should STOP using the stripped down version of the CVT transmission in the 2.0i Base model. Instead substitute the one in the rest of the Impreza line. It has a "real" manual sport shift mode.
Also, Subaru should use a little "truth in advertising" regarding its MPG ratings. They cite 36 MPG highway. This is not realistic for the Base model with this CVT transmission. The best I have gotten is 27 MPG. (The same as we got with our previous Impreza model.)
By the way, Subaru of America has done nothing to help us out of this situation. They are ignoring the problem and us. It is clear that our 30 years of customer loyalty has no meaning to them. It's sad to say, but, it feels like Subaru of America has convinced us to buy another brand.
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