36 MPG, Right Out of the Box
Like most cars in its class, the Impreza will be offered with a choice of two transmissions, a manual or an automatic. And if you choose the automatic, there's no sacrifice in fuel economy. It gets 36 MPG on the highway. There's no economy pack, or extra bit of technology you have to spend another $2,000 to get. No, this is 36 MPG, right out of the box.
If you're thinking, "isn't an automatic transmission typically less economical than a manual?" You're right, but the 2012 Impreza's Lineartronic® CVT isn't anything like a conventional automatic. Rather than shifting between gears, it infinitely adjusts with a step-less gear ratio. Put simply, it doesn't have to go, "vroom, shift, vroom, shift, vroom, shift," to accelerate. It just goes, "vroom."
This not only improves fuel economy, but performance, too. It even makes for an equally, if not more impressive, city rating of 27 MPG. If you prefer to shift gears yourself, the five-speed manual transmission gets a, still-incredible, 33 MPG highway and 25 MPG city. And because we don't think you should have to sacrifice anything in terms of capability for fuel-efficiency, both transmissions have been optimized to work as efficiently as possible with our standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.