2017 Subaru Impreza: Update for November 2017
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
It's been a relatively slow month for our long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza mainly because it's been a busy month for the automotive industry. In lieu of road trips, a good portion of our month was spent covering local events as well as the annual Los Angeles Auto Show.
Knowing how terrible traffic can be getting in and out of downtown, I specifically chose our long-term Impreza because of its Subaru EyeSight-based adaptive cruise control. Our Impreza's 2.0-liter may not have much top-end muscle, but it's fantastic at lower speeds, and the adaptive cruise control can be set at a level that won't have every other car cutting into your lane. It's incredibly effective at mitigating the fatigue that comes from spending hours in traffic.
With the holidays approaching, we've definitely got some ground to make up to stay on our mileage target. Hopefully we'll find some snow and finally be able to make use of this all-wheel-drive system.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Due to a busy November and fewer out-of-town excursions, our Subaru Impreza logged its lowest mileage this month. We just barely inched over the 900-mile mark, well below our monthly average of 1,350 miles.
Shorter trips and, no doubt, some time spent in rush-hour traffic pegged our monthly average fuel economy at a disappointing 24.6 mpg, which lowers our lifetime average mpg by a tenth, undoing our bump from the previous month. We continue to ponder how this car managed an EPA combined estimate of 32 mpg.
Average lifetime mpg: 25.3
EPA mpg rating: 32 mpg combined (28 city/38 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 32.6
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 11,979 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Got a low tire pressure light on the drive in this morning. The front right tire had dropped to 26 psi. Our little air compressor has a 12-volt plug, so you can power it off the car without having to pop the hood, which is pretty helpful. Less helpful is how our Impreza covers its tire pressure readout with a 'Door Ajar' warning that you can't dismiss, so you either have to reroute the power cable through the window or use an air-pressure gauge. Not a big deal, but a puzzling decision on Subaru's part." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"A friend texted me to ask for help buying a Subaru. He lives in Orange County so we cruised down to Irvine Subaru to check out cars. While looking at the new Crosstrek, I noticed that the front faux-carbon trim was a glossy acrylic while a similar trim for the rear passengers was matte and seemed like a vinyl wrap. That struck me as odd. You should at least have matching trims for front and rear. So I went to check out the trim on our long-term Impreza and, sure enough, they don't match either. What's up with that, Subaru?" — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician
"When getting into any of our vehicles, I usually set the seat to its lowest setting. It's not that I get nosebleeds when I sit high, it's just a preference. When I did this with our Impreza, it was surprisingly low and uncomfortable getting out, which is something I've never experienced before, having owned multiple Subarus. The last car I remember feeling like I had to roll out of was a Lotus Exige. I guess this could be a neat feature for any Impreza owner who wants to feel like they're climbing out of an exotic sports car." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres