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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 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: Update for October 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Subaru Impreza

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.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2017 Subaru Impreza

Where Did We Drive It?
What happens when you use our 2017 Subaru Impreza as a commute vehicle numerous times at the height of Los Angeles gridlock? Your mpg continues to drop and you get to know the vehicle really well, both the good and bad. Road Test Editor Calvin Kim alluded to the "wonky infotainment system" last month, and Senior Writer Carlos Lago and I can further attest to the wonkiness with said system using our Google Pixel phones.

Infotainment system aside, the Impreza impressed others in many ways. One of our freelance contributors, who owns a previous-generation Impreza, noted the improvement in the current car's interior quality. He was also happy with more interior room, a larger infotainment display, and the better leather and soft-touch materials used throughout.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2017 Subaru Impreza

Where Did We Drive It?
This July, our 2017 Subaru Impreza made the trip out to our Fresno branch office where it spent most of the month with Senior Editor Brent Romans handling both long and short commutes. So if you've ever wondered what Senior Editor Brent Romans thinks about our Impreza, you're in luck.

The Subaru continues to have its ups and downs, remaining likable if imperfect. Keep reading to find out what Senior Editor Brent Romans liked and what he thinks needs improvement.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2017 Subaru Impreza

Where Did We Drive It?
This month, the staff sentiment seems to be split when it comes to our 2017 Subaru Impreza's transmission. Some find the Subie's continuously variable automatic transmission's habit of simulating gear ratios more favorable to the usual unrelenting buzz of more traditional CVTs while others think it defeats the purpose of having a CVT in the first place. One thing we all can agree on, though, is that our Impreza's fuel economy has been somewhat of a disappointment. This looks like a familiar story from 2012.

We logged just shy of 1,000 miles, mostly around town, compared to nearly 2,000 miles last month. Dan Edmunds, our vehicle testing director, ventured out to historic Route 66 for a weekend, while Senior Writer Carlos Lago expanded his horizons at the local Yogurtland — he highly recommends the salted caramel pecan.

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2017 Subaru Impreza

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.

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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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