2013 Subaru Impreza Road Test and Review: Comfort and Cargo
- No changes for 2013
There’s plenty of room for four sizable adults aboard a Subaru Impreza, but whether they’re comfortable or not is dependent upon which chair they’re assigned. I’m six feet tall and wear pants with a 33-inch inseam, and found that the driver’s seat did not move far enough back in its track to eliminate a splay-legged driving position.
The seat itself is fine, and is clearly designed for people who have no intentions of exploring the Impreza’s cornering capabilities. The center console armrest slides forward for additional comfort, the driver grips a thick-rimmed tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and outward visibility is exceptional thanks to small front quarter windows, slim windshield pillars, and enormous side mirrors.
In back, the Impreza supplies decent legroom and foot space, and rear seat occupants sit tall off of the floor. However, the bottom cushion is too flat to provide thigh support and the backrest dials in too much recline. This is why, if you’re ever invited to ride in a 2013 Subaru Impreza, you must call “Shotgun!” immediately.
Pop the Impreza’s hatchback, and you’ll find a claimed 22.5 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat. It sure doesn’t look that big, even if you remove the cargo cover and stack items to the ceiling. Fold the rear seats down, and Subaru says the Impreza 5-door hauls 52.4 cu.-ft. of your stuff.
By the way, the rear cargo cover installed in my test car exhibited a surprising level of quality in terms of construction and materials. I’d gladly swap it out for a better headliner material.