Completely redesigned for 2017, the Subaru Impreza is available as a compact sedan or hatchback. Known in the past for its roomy interior, Subaru has moved the wheels even farther apart to open up additional space in the cabin. The interior has also been upgraded with better materials, more modern technology and several useful safety features. Along with fresh exterior styling and additional power for the four-cylinder engine, this Impreza is well positioned in this competitive segment.
Even with all its upgrades, though, the Impreza still has a few key faults. Even with the addition of extra power for 2017, the standard four-cylinder engine is underpowered. The quality of the interior materials isn't quite at the top of the class either. The optional CVT transmission can be a little loud at times as well, but none of these shortcomings is enough to cross it off your list.
- Quiet, comfortable and roomy cabin for a compact car
- Standard all-wheel drive delivers secure handling and wet-weather traction
- Long list of available safety features
- Slow acceleration even with the new, more powerful engine
- Transmission is loud under heavy loads
- Lower-quality interior materials than those of some rivals