2013 Subaru Impreza: What's Changed


  • Most significant changes: Bluetooth phone and audio streaming now standard
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: TBA 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? No need to wait on 2013; get a 2012

Subaru's compact sedan and hatchback were redesigned for model-year 2012, and the 2013 model sees what Subaru calls "minor enhancements." Changes to the 2013 version include additional equipment options on the base 2.0i base trim and new options for higher trims, but overall this is the same Impreza as last year.

The 2013 sedan and hatchback are again available in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trims. The hatchback is available in 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trims.

Base 2.0i models get Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with audio streaming, iPod controls, a USB port and auxiliary input jack — all standard. Steering-wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls are also newly standard equipment. The Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle as standard.

The 2.0i Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models equipped with the optional navigation system now get a rearview camera.

The Impreza-based 2013 WRX and WRX STI models carry over unchanged. No word yet on pricing or estimated delivery date to dealerships, but Cars.com's nationwide inventory lists only 2,351 model-year 2012 Subaru Imprezas.

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i dont understand why people like to use bluetooth? it is not even that good to be honest ... and it cost a huge load of money...

Dave, hands free device allows to talk without holding, thus making the cell phone users concentrate more on their driving..



If you think it is not that good, it would best to list what is not so good and send an email to Bluetooth SIG so that they can improve.


Oh darn! We have the 2012 Impreza Sport Premium... We really wanted a leather wrapped steering wheel but they insisted it wasn't an option :(. Maybe we should trade in for the 2013? lolz.


"hands free device allows to talk without holding, thus making the cell phone users concentrate more on their driving.."

Disagree because people are still distracted because they are thinking out loud and talking while driving.

Can cite several examples of people using Blue Tooth and still involved in crashes, some serious.

What we need are more stringent laws and harsher punishment for people causing accidents while distracted.

Recently, a teenager ran a stop sign, broadsided another car and paralyzed that driver for life.

The teenager was cited for reckless driving. That's all.

There are no consequences for holding a cell phone or being otherwise distracted so Blue Tooth is a unnecessary expense.


People get in accidents without bluetooth as well. I say if you can't multi-task while driving then you shouldn't be driving....meaning if you are such a bad driver that you can't do anything other than drive, you should probably just ride a bus.


Blaming Bluetooth for the accidents that those distracted drivers caused when the very same will happen if not worse when they don't use the Bluetooth hands-free is accusing the wrong culprit.
(By the way, Bluetooth is a registered trademark. It is not Blue Tooth.)

I would only use the bluetooth to stream music from my phone, other than that phone call sounds weird. Call me old fashion but Im still down to pick up my phone. Gotta watch out though, I am in California.


Although I realize everyone has their own preferences when it comes to cars, I still don't understand why anyone would buy a Subaru (barring the need for standard AWD). They have cheap, antiquated materials; they are overpriced and they are underpowered.


Subaru seems to be going the way of Honda. The reputation has already been established; so they think they can cut back on quality. Like Honda, Subaru's reputation is based on when they had excellent vehicles in the 1980s and 1990s. They really don't make 'em like they used to.


"The Impreza-based 2013 WRX and WRX STI models carry over unchanged." I thought they were not only changing the WRX and STI, but also that they will no longer be Impreza-based. Am I wrong, or is Jennifer Geiger wrong?

I was informed the wrx (sti) was already changed and the base imprezas are what will be going a different route. My 2012 impreza premium will not accept any parts built for the wrx which, as I understand, was never the case in prior years.


why is it that USA do not have their own version.All we read is Japan spec.we are tired of all these.We need a USA version of 2litre engine with 365hp.That will just be okey for us.


There's growing evidence that wireless is bad for your health. www.bioiniative.org


If you can't drive and talk, please don't let anyone ride with you! Also, "get the Gov to pass a law"!!!!! Get The Gov out of MY business!

Auld man

Re gliding on reputation - I fear the AWD of old is largely a marketing tool, as the functional aspects are steadily eroded with inferior electronic/ braking substitutes for the viscous couplings that worked great, at the expense perhaps of a mpg or two.
Manual gears (even if shifted electronically) are still preferable for driver feedback on snow, ice, dirt. Sensors get fooled by loose/ dangling wheels, etc. shown on youtube videos, and computerized braking is a poor substitute for previous systems of AWD.

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