2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Subaru Impreza had a relatively uneventful August. It saw a lot of city commuting from numerous drivers, and we have some differing opinions. Some of our drivers are finally sampling its driver assist functions and infotainment system, and yes, the infotainment setup is still acting wonky. At this point, the new-car smell is gone, and our normal cadre of drivers are starting to have other thoughts about our little blue sedan.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Much like in July, our Impreza saw about 1,500 miles during the month of August. During that month, the city- and traffic-heavy commutes that our drivers experienced took its toll on the lifetime mileage as it dropped a couple of tenths overall. The high for this month was only 28.5 mpg, just barely cracking the city rating. The average was a paltry 24.6 mpg over six fill-ups.
Average lifetime mpg: 25.6
EPA mpg rating: 32 combined (28 city/38 highway)
Best fill mpg: 32.6
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 8,362 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The Impreza is a capable commuter car. I found it had plenty of torque with which to zip away from stoplights (when possible). It's also a cinch to maneuver on the tight side streets of L.A., and the backup camera with dynamic guidelines is super helpful during parallel parking. In fact, the Impreza's now on my short list of cars to consider when my lease is up in a few months." — Kathleen Clonts, copy chief
"The Impreza is a perfectly pleasant commuter car, but I worry that there's not enough character here to make it stand out. Maybe it's the CVT; I dislike CVTs in general and this one's not changing my mind. Maybe it's the 2.0-liter engine, which has that familiar boxer-four grumble but notably less power and torque than the 2.5-liter unit that went away with the 2012 redesign. Overall, this Impreza just seems less lovably quirky than some of its predecessors. I don't mind driving it, but I also don't feel the kind of fondness for it that previous Imprezas engendered." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I loved, loved, loved the bright and prominent blind-spot alert in the side mirrors. As a driver in L.A., you always have to be on alert for what's going on around you, and this feature makes the job easier." — Kathleen Clonts
"The Impreza's Starlink system is aesthetically pleasing and a big improvement on the previous gen's infotainment interface, but I came across a big glitch this week. Someone had left an XM radio station on with the sound at about half volume. I went to change the station, pressed the Radio icon on the screen and everything froze. The screen was stuck with 'Subaru Starlink' plastered across it and none of the buttons, knobs or various controls on the dashboard or the steering wheel work — but the radio station kept playing. I stopped the car multiple times, turned off the ignition, got out, locked it, unlocked it and got back in (all in hopes of resetting the system) but nothing worked. The volume stayed the same, the radio station stayed the same, but I had no control over either. After having the Impreza parked for a few hours, I came back out to try again. Success! Everything was back in normal working order like the freeze had never occurred. It was definitely a strange occurrence though and one we'll be looking out for in the future." — Travis Langness, staff writer
"It was my first time in the Impreza, and I instantly felt comfortable in the driver's seat. With just a couple of adjustments and support from the firm bolsters, it felt like I had been driving the car forever." — Kathleen Clonts
"Our Impreza is solid car that seems to do everything well. It looks clean, rides comfortably and has nice layout to the interior. However, aside from having all-wheel drive, it doesn't do much to make it stand out from the competition. The Mazda 3 handles better, the Honda Civic will have better fuel economy, and the Kia Forte is probably a better bargain in terms of selling price. I already voted with my wallet and bought a Mazda 3." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor