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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Subaru Impreza

What is it? Looking like the little brother to the Legacy, the 2012 Impreza is an update of our highest scoring all-wheel-drive small car. Notably, the car rides on a 1-inch longer wheelbase, enabling 2 inches more legroom in the hatchback and sedan.

Subaru claims a 30-percent improvement in fuel economy from a new, smaller 148-hp, 2.0-liter double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine – down from a former base 170 hp. Interior materials have mostly been upgraded. Two new trim levels will be available, Limited and Sport Limited, with more features than were previously available on Impreza. A driver’s knee airbag is now standard.

What’s new or notable? The main difference is a new continuously variable transmission, which produced a dramatic improvement in fuel economy in the latest Subaru Outback. A five-speed manual is also available. Subaru claims highway fuel economy of 36 mpg, which puts it higher than any other all-wheel-drive car on the market, but still lower than some new front-drive competitors, such as the Hyundai Elantra.

When will it be available? Fall 2011

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