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.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Not everyone on the Edmunds team has had a chance to sit behind the wheel of our newish long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza, yours truly included, but the overall sentiment continues to be favorable. Solid build quality and a nicely executed infotainment system are the predominant observations. What hasn't impressed us about this Impreza? There are a few surprises in the comments below, but mainly it's fuel economy.
Road Test Editor Calvin Kim logged some solid highway miles driving from our offices in Santa Monica to Flagstaff, Arizona. Despite traveling nearly 1,000 miles on the highway, our fuel economy average didn't improve. Senior Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya was able to utilize the Subie's rear seat to safely transport a 10-year-old 40-inch Samsung flatscreen across the city of L.A. Of note, Ron says anything bigger likely wouldn't have fit, especially if you stand the television up as the manufacturer recommends.
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
Compact sedans are a popular choice for car buyers who want a fuel-efficient car that's easy to drive. Within that class, the Subaru Impreza has long been the offbeat choice because of its quirky styling, horizontally opposed engine, tight cabin and standard all-wheel drive. A full redesign for 2017 has brought the Impreza closer to the mainstream, though. The cabin is roomier, and new exterior styling gives the Impreza a more sophisticated look. It still comes standard with all-wheel drive, but the fuel economy penalty has been significantly reduced thanks to improved engine technology.
There are now four levels of trim for the Impreza. We chose to go with the top-of-the-line Limited trim in order to put the Impreza on the same level as our recently departed Honda Civic sedan. Like all Imprezas for 2017, the Limited comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard.