2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Hatchback started life as a mere base model with a CVT. While it's still getting me on-average 32 mpg (over the 43k miles I've driven it so far), it certainly doesn't look or feel like the econobox it started out as. The suspension is firmer, the wheels are wider, and the interior and exterior have been subjected to many Subaru Legos. Today another piece was swapped in from a 2015 WRX.
I have never really cared for the stock seats in the 4th Generation Impreza. The seats are sort of gutless in that they don't have much support. I've had to bring the car to Subaru 3 times for seat issues, too. The first was the air bag sensor in the passenger seat getting thrown off by electronics. The other two were replacing bad lumbar cushions in the driver seat. So, when I got a chance to nab some sporty looking WRX seats, I jumped at the opportunity.
Thanks to the new 4th Generation WRX still being built on a 4th Generation Impreza unibody, the upgrade was simple. Take out the bolts in the seats, disconnect the plugs underneath, do some well-needed cleaning, and put the new seats in. The new seats are very comfortable, provide better support, and have good side bolstering to hold me in place when I'm taking tight turns. They still provide the same safety features the Impreza seats did with Whiplash protection head rests and side-bolster airbags. I'd be lying if I didn't also admit they make a major improvement to the interiors' looks!
These seats are hard to find and, in most cases, very expensive when you do find them. Thanks to exuberant WRX owners reckless driving, a salvage yard might have a pair from a kid who thought it would be a good idea to test out the car on icy gravel with the stock Dunlop tires on. You also might find a serious track day guy who is putting racing bucket seats in and no longer needs his stock seats. Either way, if you can find a set and you have a 4th Gen Impreza you'd like to upgrade, it's a great fit. Literally!