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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2017 Subaru Impreza

Where Did We Drive It?
Even though it's the shortest month of the year, February was the first time in a long time that our 2017 Subaru Impreza hit the 1,600-mile monthly target we set for each vehicle in the long-term fleet. In the interest of full transparency, it was actually 1,596 miles, but it's close enough that we'll consider it a success. The Impreza was mostly used for commuting duties until the end of the month, when editor Mark Takahashi took it on a road trip and broke a long-standing fuel economy record.

Unfortunately, the Impreza is nearing the end of its tenure in our long-term fleet, and it's nowhere close to the 20,000-mile goal we set for each of our long-term cars. That's a shame because we've mostly used the Impreza for commuting, and its overall fuel economy is well below its 32 mpg combined score. In fact, it's a few mpg off the city score, too. We're going to do our best to knock out the remaining 3,700 miles in March, so stay tuned for a multitude of road-trip impressions next month.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Subaru Impreza

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza is a bit polarizing. Some of us, myself included, think that it's one of the best vehicles in its class. It has an excellent chassis, a likable interior and the added benefit of all-wheel drive, which is rare among compact sedans. The color is even appealing.

For others, the Impreza is a nonstarter. Whether it's the underwhelming powertrain, the seating or the lackluster fuel economy, there are definitely varied feelings about the sedan. This month it did regular commuting around town, which kept fuel economy down, but we also got it out on the open road, inspiring some strong opinions from editors.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Writer

2017 Subaru Impreza

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.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2017 Subaru Impreza

Where Did We Drive It?
This is the first monthly update for our long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza since the Introduction went live, which makes it a little special. We were still getting to know our Impreza in April, so you'll find a number of first impressions in the comments below. The Impreza definitely made the rounds this month, heading deep into Orange County with Editor Dan Frio and way up north to Fresno with Editor Brent Romans.

So far, we've been impressed by the responsive handling and user-friendly touchscreen interface, and multiple editors have said they simply like the car — there's something fundamentally endearing about it. We're not sold on the powertrain, however, from the underwhelming 2.0-liter flat-four engine to the uninspiring continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Maybe it'll grow on us, but at this point in the long-term Civic's test, we were already raving about the Honda's turbocharged performance. Also of note, both Frio and Romans called out the Impreza's sunroof shade — not usually a hot topic among vehicle testers — for its substandard construction.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2017 Subaru Impreza

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.

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