Monthly Update for January 2018 - 2017 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2017 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
Mileage-wise, we're a little bit behind where we'd like to be with our 2017 Subaru Impreza. But in January we managed to find over 1,400 miles to drive in our trusty Bluebaru. At this point in a vehicle's term with us, we start to get a better understanding of what it has to offer — and what it doesn't. We, and you, can also get a decent idea for the kind of real-world mileage a vehicle can achieve.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We drove 1,407 miles in January, but those miles didn't do our overall average any good, especially when you stack it up against its EPA estimate. Not one tank hit the city rating of 28 mpg, let alone the combined rating of 32 mpg. What's to blame for that? I'll put my money (I can expense it) on the anemic engine that you need to cane to get anywhere near freeway speeds. More throttle, more gas, worse mileage. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Average lifetime mpg: 25.2
EPA mpg rating: 32 combined (28 city/38 highway)
Best fill mpg: 32.6
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 14,742 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"Odd throttle/transmission calibration in this Subie. From a dead stop, it leaps off the line like a spooked stallion. Possibly the most responsive CVT-equipped car at rest that I've experienced — just squeeze the gas and it goes, now. Our long-term Honda CR-V feels heavily sedated by comparison. But then ? nothing. The 2.0-liter boxer engine is weak by today's small-car standards, delivering a pokey 9.4-second sprint to 60 mph at our test track. The CR-V will do it in 7.5 seconds. So while the Impreza goes from 0 to 15 mph in what seems like an instant, you've got bupkis after that.

"The upshot is that zipping from stoplight to stoplight in this car can be fun, but merging into fast-moving freeway traffic may be harrowing. That's nothing a turbocharger can't fix, of course, and with Honda and Volkswagen raising the bar with their excellent turbocharged engines in this segment, hopefully Subaru has one in the pipeline for the otherwise competitive Impreza." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy

2017 Subaru Impreza

Technology-Audio
"I'm the first to admit it: I'm like the opposite of an early adopter when it comes to in-car tech. And if we're being honest here, I sometimes try to avoid it. When presented with new features, the dinosaur in me says, 'I've lived this long without it; I don't see how I need it now.' I'd like to tell you about the progress I've made courtesy of our Impreza and its EyeSight system.

"This thing does tech right, in my opinion. And that means it doesn't beat you over the head with it. Instead, helpful little notifications like 'Vehicle Ahead Has Moved' or quick lane departure warnings are welcome and unobtrusive, and they don't get in the way of, you know, driving. I love the adaptive cruise control because it's simple to use, even in stop-and-go I-405 traffic. The 'Obstacle Detected' warning and pre-collision braking weren't overly aggressive like systems on other vehicles we've had in our fleet. (I'm looking at you, dearly departed Volvo S60.)

"I guess what I'm trying to say is that the Impreza is helping me adjust to the times. And I suppose that's a good thing. Now if only the Impreza could help me find a way to keep these kids off my lawn." — Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor

Interior
"I generally think dual-screen setups are a waste of real estate, but our office actually seems to use the Impreza's second information screen. It's always set to display something different every time I get in, which means people are using it even if I can't figure out who needed to monitor vehicle pitch. My only real gripe with the info screen is that it defaults to that missile-targeting view every time you turn on adaptive cruise control, even though the gauge cluster display shows more — and more informative — ACC info that can't be switched off." — Will Kaufman, associate staff writer

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