MotorWeek: Subaru Impreza Has What Matters Most to Buyers

Redesigned All-Wheel-Drive Favorite Named Best Compact Car

Online PR News – 28-February-2012 – – RACINE, Wis.– Many automotive awards recognize only one aspect of vehicle ownership, whether it is price, performance or something else. However, when MotorWeek analyzed vehicles for its 2012 Drivers’ Choice Awards at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month, it considered a host of consumer-driven factors before determining which rides were most worthy of being parked in its viewers’ driveways. After their analysis, MotorWeek editors named the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza Best Compact Car for its ideal combination of qualities that matter most to consumers.

MotorWeek editors judged vehicles on four factors, including fuel efficiency, price, practicality and performance. Currently available at Subaru dealerships, the 2012 Impreza topped the Compact Car category thanks to its new upscale interior, low MSRP and significantly improved fuel economy. Standard all-wheel drive, an essential feature for many Wisconsin drivers, also helped the Impreza best its compact-car competition.

“The Impreza’s all-wheel drive and Boxer engine make it a very fun-to-drive car, but also a very practical all-weather vehicle for Midwest winters,” said Lonnie Poffenberger, Sales Manager of Gentile Subaru, a Racine, Wisconsin Subaru dealer. “One of the best things about the new Impreza is that it is 38 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, so you don’t have to sacrifice much at the pump for that all-conditions capability.”

The 2012 Subaru Impreza features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 148 horsepower and returns up to 36 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicle sold in the United States. Other features, like the standard cargo-area under-floor storage space and the available 52.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume in the five-door hatchback, led MotorWeek to call the Impreza the “quintessential compact car for the family.”

Featured standard on every model, all-season tires further equip the Impreza to keep families safe during winter. Wisconsin drivers may also want to opt for the All-Weather Package, which includes heated side mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer and heated front seats. Meanwhile, Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Traction Control System, both standard, combine with all-wheel drive to help drivers tackle less-than-ideal road conditions.

Subaru is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing all-wheel-drive vehicles this year, a legacy that began when the Subaru Leone Estate Van 4WD was first produced in Japan in 1972. Since then, approximately 55.7 percent of all Subarus sold have had some kind of all-wheel-drive configuration. Today, the automaker’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard on all new Subaru models.

“Subaru’s all-wheel drive has come a long way since its inception, and today you’d be hard pressed to find a better system,” added Poffenberger. “In states like Wisconsin that are iced over for a good portion of the year, you want to put your trust into a brand that has been manufacturing quality all-wheel drive for years.”

About Gentile Subaru:
Providing a stress-free shopping experience and a wide inventory of new and used Subaru vehicles like the Impreza, Outback, Forester and Legacy, Gentile Subaru has the service and selection to please any Wisconsin Subaru shopper. Located just south of Milwaukee, Gentile Subaru employs a dedicated team of Subaru experts to help its customers find and finance their perfect car, wagon or SUV. Visit their dealership at 6801-A Washington Avenue in Racine, call them at 866-994-9835 or browse their inventory online at