2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for March 2018
by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor
Let the miles pile on! While we thought we did well by just accruing 1,600 miles on our 2017 Subaru Impreza in March, we blew past that mark and added a total of 3,792 miles thanks to long road trips to San Francisco, Phoenix and Death Valley. Through it all, our Impreza exhibited no faults or issues, and aside from putting 3 more psi of air in the driver's side front tire, no maintenance was needed.
With the 20,000-mile mark passed and the Impreza timing out, this is probably the last update for our plucky all-wheel-drive sedan. At this point, most of our drivers have begrudgingly accepted that it's a good car but not a great one. There are a lot of technical merits to it, but strict adherence to numeric advantages does not necessarily deliver a pleasurable car. Nevertheless, we wonder what kind of emotional roots we could have planted had our test car been a five-door with a manual gearbox.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Thanks to a plethora of highway miles, our Impreza achieved a monthly average of 30.4 mpg. And as Cameron predicted in the February update, we achieved a new best fill-up of 33.9 mpg. Those two factors increased the Impreza's lifetime mpg from 25.3 to 26.1 mpg. Once the Impreza gets going on a highway, the mileage creeps up slowly, but we've yet to achieve anything near EPA estimates.
Average lifetime mpg: 26.1
EPA mpg rating: 32 combined (28 city/38 highway)
Best fill mpg: 33.9
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 20,105 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I drove the Impreza all over California in mid-March, heading first to Mill Valley, north of San Francisco, to see my vacationing parents, then back down to L.A. and out to Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, for the annual professional tennis tournament. Imprezions? Well, it's not quiet on the highway, it doesn't have much power, and full-throttle acceleration elicits an annoyingly intrusive whine from the CVT automatic. I wish I had more positive things to say because I've historically had fond feelings for Subarus — but those feelings were largely based on the brand's lovable quirkiness, and I just don't get much of that from this particular model. It seems more generic and less fun than Subarus past. Oh, and I averaged 31.9 mpg for the trip, which isn't great considering I spent the vast majority of my time on one freeway or another." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"While I can accept the slow acceleration in the name of economy, my biggest gripe comes from powertrain noise. I know I'm echoing many other drivers before me, but the whine from the CVT automatic and engine revs lies in stark contrast to the high level of technology that's present in our test car." — Calvin Kim, road test editor
"After driving the Impreza over many miles on two-lane highways, I've developed a sort of twitch to the monotonous roar of the engine as it kicks down to let you pass slower-moving traffic. There's nothing wrong with the Impreza's actual dynamic performance, but it does it in a way that audibly tricks you into thinking you're at a hair-dryer convention." — Calvin Kim
"While I've come to depend on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, both systems that the Impreza handles easily, the built-in TomTom-based navigation system deserves some kudos. While neither of my phones had any sort of service for voice searches, the stock system recognized my voice request and found gas stations and restaurants in the park. Sure, we couldn't search for our remote campsite, but it showed the road right to it. Nice." — Calvin Kim
"I'm 6 feet tall with a 32-inch inseam and fairly average build. I mention this because I didn't find the seat or seating position to be outright uncomfortable, but I'm right on the line. If the steering wheel could telescope out 2 more inches, I could scoot the seat back 1 more inch, giving my legs just that little bit more room." — Calvin Kim
"Totally dig the hidden trunk hinges. They allow you to pack the trunk at will, without having to worry about crushing or pinching things. I didn't have to fold down the seats on any of my trips to carry cargo, but I used it to access gear right next to the seatbacks without unpacking the trunk." — Calvin Kim