2017 Subaru Impreza Review

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2017 Subaru Impreza Overview

Subaru’s Impreza has offered a cost-effective, safe, relatively efficient all-wheel-drive sedan and wagon/hatchback to American car shoppers for almost 25 years. For 2017, the Impreza arrives on Subaru’s brand new Global Platform, getting longer and wider, but shorter, with a few additional horsepower, a lot more chassis rigidity, a Sport sedan trim, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support thrown in for good measure.

Subaru’s new Global Platform debuts with the 2017 Impreza, which will be built at Subaru's U.S. plant in Indiana. The new car—in both sedan and hatchback form—is 1.6 inches longer, with a 1-inch-longer wheelbase; 1.5 inches wider; and 0.4 of an inch shorter. These changes make the new Impreza look and feel roomier and sleeker and lower its center of gravity. In combination with the new platform’s use of multiple types of high-strength steel, the changes should provide 70 percent better chassis rigidity and 50 percent less body roll. Overall, the new platform should help the new Impreza offer improved stability, handling, and comfort, and it also improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent.

All 2017 Imprezas will get a 2.0-liter boxer engine, just like last year. Last year’s version produced 148 hp and topped out at 37 mpg highway. The new version features direct injection and 152 hp, and should be more efficient, but the EPA has not published its estimates yet. The only transmission that’s been confirmed for U.S. vehicles is the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), which will feature 7 pre-set ratios that can be selected via paddle shifters in Sport and Limited versions. Fans are eager to know whether a manual will be available, but the company’s been mum on that question so far.

The 2017 Impreza will return with the same trim lineup as last year, with base 2.0i, Premium, Sport, and Limited trims, but the Sport trim, like the others, will be available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The Sport doesn’t get additional power, but does get some nice upgrades, including different engine tuning, 18-inch alloy wheels, black cloth upholstery with red stitching, exclusive Sport gauges and a multi-function display on the dashboard, and Active Torque Vectoring for better handling. Sport versions will also get aluminum pedals and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift handle, and shift-boot cover, as well as a black front grille and body-color rocker panels and turn-signal side mirrors.

Last year’s Impreza was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ with the optional Eyesight package, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane-departure and sway warning, plus lane-keeping assist. New Eyesight functions include adaptive headlights that can steer into turns and automatic high beams. Reversing should be less hazardous in the new Impreza, with steering lines displayed for the standard reversing camera and Reverse Automatic Braking, which can apply the brakes if the system detects an obstacle behind the vehicle while it’s in reverse.

All 2017 Imprezas will get a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. A larger 8-inch display will be optional, as well as a new Harman Kardon premium audio system, the first ever offered in an Impreza.

The Limited trim gets new LED headlights and daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels. A leather-trimmed interior gets double stitching on the armrests and instrument panel and a 6-way power driver’s seat.

We look forward to word on pricing and that manual transmission from Subaru, and we expect the 2017 Impreza to arrive in dealerships this fall.

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Born & raised in upstate NY, a fun 7-year stint in Seattle taught me that I'm an East Coaster at heart. My car history was mostly Honda until I bought a used '97 Camry V6 that was quieter and a little more fun to drive than my Accords, but I beat that car to death. Now I drive a 2013 Mazda3 hatchback, with a manual, which I like despite its silly smile. When's that new Mazdaspeed3 coming?

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