Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan
There's a lot to be interested in when it comes to the 2017 Subaru Impreza. This year's model has a roomier interior, a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine, and all sorts of new available safety features. All-wheel drive is still standard, too. If you're shopping for a small sedan or hatchback, we think the Impreza will be a great choice.
Standard all-wheel drive provides secure handling and better traction in tough weather conditions; lots of available safety features for the class; enhanced passenger and cargo space this year.
CVT is only transmission available; slow acceleration may still be a problem with the new engine.
What's New for 2017
The 2017 Subaru Impreza is completely redesigned. Highlights include a roomier interior, more power, standard Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration and a suite of new safety features.
Previously notable for its standard all-wheel drive and roomy cabin, the Subaru Impreza could very well have more mainstream appeal for 2017. First off -- it's even roomier! This redesigned model gets a 1-inch-longer wheelbase on both the sedan and the hatchback. This means the front and rear wheels are farther apart, which frees up a little more space for occupants. The exterior dimensions have grown, too: It's 1.6 inches longer nose-to-tail and 1.5 inches wider on the outside. Subaru hasn't said if the Impreza is heavier because of this growth spurt, but it does note the 2017 model's body structure is stiffer this year to improve handling and occupant protection in crashes.
How Much Power and Fuel Economy Does It Offer?
The Impreza's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now gets direct injection, which Subaru claims has boosted power and fuel efficiency. The fuel efficiency we'll have to wait to confirm, but the Impreza does get a small, 4-horsepower increase, now up to 152 hp. Also new is the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that has been upgraded with a seven-speed manual mode (previously six) on upper trim levels. In the past, we've been critical of the Impreza for its lackluster power delivery and subpar acceleration. Basically, it was one of the slowest vehicles in its class in 2016. Hopefully, this increase in power and the updated transmission will help the Impreza's previously disappointing performance. Also in line to make the Impreza a bit more lively is an Active Torque Vectoring feature for the Sport trim that should sharpen up the car's handling around turns.
What Features Will It Have?
The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be available as a four-door sedan and a hatchback. It will come in 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited Trims. Standard equipment on the base 2.0i includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, both of which are new to the Impreza and bring it more in line with competitors.
The Premium trim gets automatic headlights, heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors and automatic headlights. Premium five-door Imprezas also feature standard roof rails. Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including a power moonroof and driver assist technology systems.
For the Sport, changes include unique suspension tuning, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a Harman Kardon audio system, unique interior trim and Active Torque Vectoring (a feature that's rare on non-high-performance models in this segment).
The Limited gets all of the above plus 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, an automatic climate control system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and keyless entry/ignition.
Options include a Harman Kardon premium audio system, automatic high beams, navigation and Subaru's EyeSight system, which offers features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert and a lane-keep assist function. Blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking are also available.
How Much, and When Is It Available?
Subaru hasn't announced pricing yet, but the outgoing 2016 Impreza starts at $18,295. We expect prices for the new Impreza will be a bit higher than that.
What Else Should I Consider?
Even with all its upgrades, though, the Impreza still faces a lot of seriously good rivals. The Honda Civic currently sits at or near the top of the class with a refined interior, excellent available powertrains and a really comfortable ride. The Mazda 3 is one of our favorite cars to drive in the class thanks to its engaging driving dynamics and sporty handling.
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