We bought this car for a soon to be teenage driver so we have all of the safety features available. Before that happens, it will be our backup commuter car (85 mile round trip commute). It is very nice, comfortable ride, cruises easily in Houston traffic at 80-85 (normal speed for Houston), got 40 mpg on highway today. Around town, 29 mpg. Very spacious and quiet. Test drove Honda Civic which was very loud inside and the adaptive cruise control was not as good as the Subaru Impreza. Infotainment is much improved for Subaru (we also have a 2014 Subaru Forester). I think it has more than adequate acceleration to keep up with traffic but it is not a WRX. THe hatch is the best buy, great space on the inside and very good visibility. Check it out!
After owning Hondas, Toyotas and a Nissan, we test drove this vehicle on a whim. We were trying to replace a Nissan Versa that was extremely gas friendly, but not great on the interstate. We test drove the Corolla, Mazda 3, and Impreza back to back. The CVT transmission was surprisingly responsive and didn't cause the engine to produce the horrible whining noise I have heard in other cars. The handling was also fantastic. Between the AWD and the boxer engine, the car just sits on the road. The overall experience was very engaging. I don't know if I will ever be able to go back to Toyota and Honda. From the Subaru dealership to the car itself, I was blown away. We are now six months into our Subaru ownership and agree that we will never buy the first generation of a Subura ever again. We continually experience issues with our speaker system including: * Our back speaker was making a crackling noise and after a few weeks of ordering new parts they found it was actually the amp. * Whenever we ignore a call through the audio system, the interface goes silent and we cannot listen to any phone calls/radio stations/etc. There is no easy way to fix the issue. Even after turning off the car and turning it back on, it is still frozen. * Sometimes we experience an issue where our volume will freeze and you are unable to turn it up or down.
My husband says I'm no fun to shop for cars with because I'm so critical, so it's very, very significant that I'm so enthusiastic about the 2017 Subaru Impreza Limited hatchback we bought a month ago. (The price, $27,500, included some options but not the HK stereo.) We were replacing my 2001 Audi A4 turbo-charged sedan with all-wheel drive, and I wanted a vehicle that was safe, reliable, and had good visibility. (I'm only 5 feet tall, so visibility was a big issue.) I also wanted a vehicle that could fit in our smallish garage but could carry lots of stuff. We narrowed down the contenders to the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback, the 2017 Mazda 3 hatchback, and the 2017 Impreza hatchback. We ruled out the Mazda right away; in order for my feet to reach the pedals, I had to sit with my elbows practically on top of the steering wheel. The Civic was nice, but visibility was better in the Impreza, and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety had criticized the Civic's headlights. (The Impreza's headlights are really good.) Granted, we've only had the car a month, but my initial impressions are really positive. Some of the features I especially like: blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure monitoring, wonderful visibility, smooth ride, being able to use regular gas, automatically adjusting lights. (If you turn the light stalk to "auto," the car automatically switches to daytime running lights or regular headlights, depending on the conditions.) Rear leg room is good (unlike in many vehicles this size). Handling is almost as precise as handling in the Audi was, and the brakes are nicely responsive. I also like not having to use a key. When we first bought the car, a keyless fob didn't seem like a big deal, but now it's so convenient to unlock the car simply by walking up to it (when you're carrying the fob in a purse or pocket, etc.), and it's so nice to have the car lock itself when you simply walk away from it (again, carrying the fob). My two main complaints are that the car is a little underpowered; for example, in my turbocharged Audi, I could zip around other cars. This car doesn't have the same "kick," but that's not a major annoyance. In fact, the so-so power is probably one reason the car gets good gas mileage for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. One other attribute that potential buyers might not like is that the seats are very firm. At first I thought the seats would be uncomfortable on a long drive, but they seem OK now. (I do wish Subaru had included lumbar adjustment, though.) All in all, though, I really like the car. Even though crash-test results for this car aren't available yet, I felt confident about buying the car anyway because Subaru has such a great safety record, and I'd read about safety enhancements that had been incorporated into the 2017 Impreza. Subaru has invested a lot in development of this vehicle, and the quality shows -- from the fit and finish, to the solid "thunk" when you close the doors. Because of all the money and work that had been put into development of the 2017 Impreza, I assume that reliability will be good. Some of the Subaru ads include the slogan "Confidence in Motion," and I do have a lot of confidence in this vehicle. Although I gave the car only four stars (instead of five) in some categories, I'd give it five stars overall. If you're in the market for a new vehicle -- especially if you're a short driver -- I strongly recommend the Impreza Limited hatchback.
I bought this car based on its safety profile. It far outshines any other car on the market as far as safety goes. Unfortunately, if you want the Impreza, you are forced to buy at least the Premium model in order to get the safety features Subaru is known for. So, if price is an issue, you are going to have to pay more than you were planning, if you want those features. The "eyesight" feature is fantastic! The blind side warning has been extremely and surprisingly helpful. The Adaptive Cruise Control feature is awesome....you rarely have to step on the brake. I am concerned, a bit, that it does more engine braking to slow down while in cruise control, than using the actual brakes, so the people behind you don't know you are slowing down, as there are no brake lights with the engine braking. All that being said, the MPG is mediocre at best....it claims combined 31mpg, but that seems a bit high. One would think they could come up with a more fuel efficient car in this day and age. It was a big sacrifice on my part....I would have much preferred a car with at least 35mpg, but, I had no choice. The Toyota safety features just didn't compare. The audio system is horrible! Shame on them! the Apple Play feature works sporadically. Sometimes the car recognizes my phone book and contact list, and sometimes says I have no contacts. Really??? When it works, it's fine, but there really is no excuse for the poor technology. Also, only ONE USB port in a very awkward place that's hard to get to, and lastely, the most ridiculous thing of all, is that when I turn the car on or off, the radio begins blaring. When I spoke to the dealership about it, they told me it was a known problem, and the only thing I can do is turn my volume all the way down. All in all, it is a cute care, so far it runs smoothly, and I do feel safe in it, which is what its all about in the long run. Also, I did quite a bit of shopping, and the Internet price was by far the best price I could get anywhere. Thank you Edmunds!
My wife and I were both civic owners for 13+ years each. She got a Crosstrek a few years back, which has been really good to us so far. So when my civic started overstaying its welcome I decided to include subaru in my search. Also test drove a honda civic and toyota corolla. While the Subaru does't exactly have the most potent acceleration- slowest of this group - it is the most fun to drive, in my opinion. The sport trim has a differently-tuned suspension and a tighter steering ratio. Combine these features with the all wheel drive and what you get is a car that you just want to drive. Subaru also got their act together with the interior. The visibility on the subaru is great (corolla is good too). However, the civic's rear visibility was lacking because of the car's aggressively sloped rear end. Plus, the subaru just feels way more solidly built than the corolla or civic.