2017 Subaru Impreza: Update for October 2017
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
In addition to the typical commuting duties, our long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza made two round trips from L.A. to San Diego, another to Laguna Beach and one more up to the desert. In the process, we crested the midway milestone of 10,000 miles just a few weeks after we passed the six-month mark in our test. Along the way, we gained a few more insights from the staff.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Over the 1,357 miles we logged in October, we pumped 62 gallons of fuel into the tank. That comes to a monthly average of 21.9 mpg and increased our lifetime average by a mere 0.1 mpg. We're still nowhere close to matching the EPA's estimated city mileage, though. Our best range and fuel economy out of a single tank remain unchanged, too.
Average lifetime mpg: 25.4
EPA mpg rating: 32 mpg combined (28 city/38 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 32.6
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 11,075 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I'll say something nice about a CVT-equipped car for once: I like how this Impreza jumps off the line from a stop. CVTs aren't known for being responsive to throttle inputs, but Subaru has tuned this one to provide right-now acceleration when the light turns green. Of course, the humble 2.0-liter engine quickly runs out of steam after that, but the initial responsiveness is a nice surprise." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I pointed the Impreza south towards a media event in Rancho Santa Fe, which is just short of San Diego. With a full tank, it was going to be a nonstop 116-mile blast, or so I thought. Even though I left well before the typical peak traffic time, I ran into some significant slowdowns that turned a two-hour trip into a three-plus-hour ordeal.
"Fortunately, the Impreza's seats agree with me. This was somewhat surprising since I usually adjust the seat for maximum lumbar support. The Subaru had no such adjustments, but the overall shape was good enough. The seats also managed to breathe quite well, even though the outside temperature was above 100 degrees. My return trip to L.A. and another trip to Laguna Beach were equally comfortable." — Mark Takahashi, senior writer
"Had a chance to take out the Impreza on a road trip last weekend. It was a short two-hour drive, but enough to form a few impressions. Likes: Comfortable ride, easy-to-use infotainment, high-resolution backup camera. Dislikes: Road noise on the highway, sluggish acceleration, center cupholders are spaced too closely." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"Carlos had noticed a few bugs while using Android Auto in the Impreza. I wanted to test it with Apple CarPlay over the weekend and noticed a few issues. On two occasions the audio cut out and the CarPlay app crashed. I'm not sure what caused it, though. The owners' forums seem to show others are experiencing similar issues. While an inconvenience, these systems work nine out of 10 times and I'd rather have one that acts up on me on occasion than nothing at all." — Ron Montoya
"For the most part, I think dual infotainment screens are dumb. That's not the case with the Impreza's, though. I use Apple CarPlay whenever a car comes equipped with it. On my trips into unfamiliar cities, I make use of CarPlay's built-in map and navigation to get me to my destinations. It became a little inconvenient when switching between the audio controls and map, but I realized I can have the dash-top screen display the audio while the main touchscreen shows navigation info.
"I noticed a few seconds' delay when a song would end or skip and when the new one would display, but that didn't bother me one bit." — Mark Takahashi
"In heavy traffic, Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety features proved most helpful. The adaptive cruise control functions all the way down to a full stop, which meant I didn't have to worry so much about that aspect of driving. Once stopped it would resume unless I was paused for more than a few seconds. This is typical of most systems. All I had to do was tap the resume button when I saw a message in the instrument panel and heard a beep and it would reset for a few more seconds.
"In the heavy stop-and-go of the dreaded 405 freeway, I found that the best distance setting for the adaptive cruise was in the middle. Set farther out, drivers behind me got impatient and allowed others to swoop in front of me. The shorter settings were too abrupt on the brakes. All in all, I'm glad systems like these are trickling down from the luxury brands." — Mark Takahashi