Winners & losers: 2011 New York Auto Show
The New York International Auto Show was squarely focused on fuel-efficient small cars and rightly so, with gas prices steadily on the rise. Automakers didn't completely forget about horsepower, though, as the show saw a few new high-powered models. Cars.com editors Mike Hanley, Kelsey Mays, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder pick their favorites from the show, and the flops. More from the New York Auto Show: , 2103 Ford Taurus, 2013 Chevy Malibu, 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK, 2012 VW Beetle.
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2012 Subaru Impreza
Mike Hanley: Winner The all-wheel-drive Impreza's significantly improved gas mileage is a compelling storyline — it's now rated at 27/36 mpg city/highway — but I was just as impressed with the completely revised interior, which brings some needed refinement. Subaru's already on a roll in the U.S., and the Impreza looks like another hit.
Kelsey Mays: Winner The Impreza's face looks better than the larger Legacy's overblown one. As Mike alluded, cabin materials are good and this sort of mileage for an all-wheel-drive car is impressive. Although Subaru hasn't announced pricing yet, the list of standard features is generous given the Impreza's class.
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner Subaru is really onto something here, styling-wise: It is less quirky than other Subarus and more mature than the previous gen yet not bland. The interior doesn't rival the best out there, but it's a significant improvement. I'm still surprised by the backseat, which isn't huge by the numbers, but I found it accommodating nonetheless.
David Thomas: Winner You have to see the Impreza to appreciate it. In early images I was worried it was too stubby and plain. In person, it looks sharp, and I would even classify the maroon sedan on the show floor as elegant. It now has terrific mileage to match Subaru's vaunted all-wheel drive and well-known reliability.