2022 Subaru Impreza Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electric & visibility issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Subaru Impreza has gained quite the following, mainly because of its standard all-wheel-drive and rugged appeal. Even the automaker claims this is “more than a car.” However, owners are finding that the additional aspects aren’t necessarily good, especially when dealing with a defective electrical system and poor visibility conditions.

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Problems with the Electrical System

Having a reliable electrical system is essential, not just for entertainment and comfort but also for safety. Yet, the defective system in the 2022 Subaru Impreza is causing a lot of issues.

One NHTSA complaint states, “I was driving on a three-lane parkway commuting to work, and the weather was clear. … I left just after 7:40 AM I had been driving for about 40 minutes. I had the cruise control ready to be set as I had turned it on briefly earlier in the drive, but it was not turned on at the time. When the cruise control button is pushed and ‘ready,’ lane keeping assistance turns on. The dashboard suddenly alerted saying the ‘Eyesight Driver Assist’ was not working. Seconds later it said “check owner’s manual” and then “check engine.” Within a few seconds, the car began decelerating quickly. I got over to the right lane, turned on my hazard lights, and then pulled off on the shoulder where the car came to a full stop. I turned the car off and could see smoke coming from under the hood of the car.

Within about 10 or 20 seconds, I climbed over the center console and out of the passenger door on the right and began backing quickly away from the car while watching it. The car then started on fire under the hood, and I called 911 immediately. My call to 911 was at 8:26AM. This whole incident–from driving to the start of the fire–occurred within about 1 minute or at most 2 minutes total.

The car is a 2022 Subaru Impreza and was brand new. It had no prior issues or maintenance completed on the vehicle and no maintenance was due. I had the car for less than two months, and it had just over 1000 miles on it. … never seen any warning lamps, messages, or other symptoms on the car before. I had driven the car home from work the previous day and got home around 7:00PM. This was the first time I had seen any of the warning signs on the dashboard indicated above. The police department arrived within a few minutes and then the fire department arrived a few minutes after that. The fire spread to the entire vehicle and it was towed. The insurance company (GEICO) and Subaru indicated they will be investigating and inspecting the vehicle.”

There are lots of service bulletins dealing with electrical system issues, with a majority of them pointing out a poorly-running navigation system. For the amount spent on these cars, there shouldn’t be any glitches, but there are and they are running rampant. So, the truth is, it really is “more than a car,” it’s also a piece of junk.

Problems with the Visibility

Auto glass has been an issue for Subaru vehicles over the past few years, with very little changing even after class-action lawsuits. The same is true with the 2022 Impreza.

Here’s another NHTSA review. “I turn my vehicle on while am waiting to car to get warm I turn on the heat the windshield crack by itself.”

Subaru was supposed to fix the spontaneous combustion of the windshields, but the problems still exist. At this point, the Impreza isn’t very impressive. Maybe it’s time to rethink the model’s name as customers continue to jump ship to other brands.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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