Test drove a Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza

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    Test drove a Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza

    I have these 2 cars as a fall back option if Chevy doesn't make enough changes where it counts (to me) with the 2014 MCE.

    I first drove a 2013 Civic Sedan. The seat is not comfortable at all and, like the Cruze, does not have lumbar controls. The Civic seat digs into my back more than the Cruze seat.
    The dashboard has been improved but I still don't like the layout. The wrap around dash is intrusive and I've never liked the split dash. The pick-up isn't bad but there were vibrations throughout the steering column and the engine was very buzzy.
    Little road noise and the steering was direct if not too reactive to inputs. Brakes felt fine, turning radius was excellent. Visibility was hard to gauge because the stickers were on the side window but I did notice that there is glass ahead of the A Pillars just like the Verano. Personally I don't care for it.
    Uncomfortable seats plus vibration through the steering column takes this car off my list. Pushy saleswoman too-she was on me before I even closed my car door!

    Next just down the block I drove a 2013 Subaru Impreza. No lumbar controls either (I guess car companies feel it's OK to remove this very important item that was previously found on Compacts more than 6 years ago). I think it's a big mistake, however these seats were more comfortable than the Civic and the Cruze. The cushion was wider and deeper than both. I found it to be a little too bolstered on the sides of the seat back, however. Still, not bad.
    The dashboard is very simple and plain, which is how I like it. Everything is where it belongs without any stupid touch controls. The pick-up was surprising. It was fast off the line and sped to freeway speeds with ease. The one negative to the CVT is that it whines when you speed up. It would be nice if Subaru could do something about that noise coming into the cabin.
    Handling was actually better than both the Civic and Cruze. The car took turns very well with very little lean. The Cruze was close behind and the Civic leaned more than both. Brakes were good and visibility was better than the Cruze and Civic however the side view mirror is oddly shaped. Again, there was glass ahead of the A Pillar and, again, I don't like it.
    The Impreza Impressed me. This right now would be my Compact of choice if brand loyalty (and over 3 grand of GM Card Points) weren't an issue. The salesman was mellow, absolutely no pushing for a sale, which was another plus.

    I also sat in a Hyundai Elantra (dual dealer) and found the seats comfortable but the dash cheap looking and the interior smelled like a chemical factory, which I find to be true of all Korean makes (including the old Aveo). Never was on my list and never will be.

    I still prefer to wait until the 2014 Cruze comes out and keep my Balt until then. Now I know what my fall back option will be-the Subaru Impreza.

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    Re: Test drove a Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza

    Great write-up of your test drive experience (as always) steve333. I agree that the absence of driver's seat lumbar support adjustment on most compact sedans is somewhat puzzling. Even high-end versions of the Buick Verano and Acura ILX, both of which can exceed $30k, do not offer this important feature.

    Anyway, best wishes with your car shopping! If you do decide on the Impreza as your next vehicle, be aware it is currently a high demand product (for good reason - it's an impressive car as your review indicated), so factor that in to your negotiations. This may change as calendar year 2013 According to Cars.com, Imprezas only stayed on dealer lots 10 days on average before being sold; the Impreza based XV Crosstrek turned even quicker, at 8 days on the lot.
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    Re: Test drove a Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza

    Thanks for the reviews, steve.

    Out of curiosity have you driven (or plan to test) a Jetta or base Verano?
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    Re: Test drove a Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza

    Quote Originally Posted by roy219 View Post
    Great write-up of your test drive experience (as always) steve333. I agree that the absence of driver's seat lumbar support adjustment on most compact sedans is somewhat puzzling. Even high-end versions of the Buick Verano and Acura ILX, both of which can exceed $30k, do not offer this important feature.

    Anyway, best wishes with your car shopping! If you do decide on the Impreza as your next vehicle, be aware it is currently a high demand product (for good reason - it's an impressive car as your review indicated), so factor that in to your negotiations. This may change as calendar year 2013 According to Cars.com, Imprezas only stayed on dealer lots 10 days on average before being sold; the Impreza based XV Crosstrek turned even quicker, at 8 days on the lot.
    Thanks. It appears that there is very little wiggle room.

    Quote Originally Posted by cdp326 View Post
    Thanks for the reviews, steve.

    Out of curiosity have you driven (or plan to test) a Jetta or base Verano?
    You're welcome.
    I didn't have plans to drive the Jetta because of poor VW reliability. The Verano is just a little bigger than I'd like and the dealer location isn't convenient.

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