My husband has an 06 Impreza. I'm not that thrilled with his - maybe if he put a spoiler on it, it wouldn't look so much like a plain family car. I just googled the 2012 and it's not bad looking, but still a bit plain for me. But my opinion doesn't mean much since I'm more of a flashy muscle car loving kind of girl. Unfortunately my environmental studies degree is causing me to have some internal conflict over muscle car gas mileage. So your 36 mpg rating does sound nice. lol.