Subaru Impreza Review & Features

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Long-Term Road Tests

2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for August 2017

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Subaru Impreza had a relatively uneventful August. It saw a lot of city commuting from numerous drivers, and we have some differing opinions. Some of our drivers are finally sampling its driver assist functions and infotainment system, and yes, the infotainment setup is still acting wonky. At this point, the new-car smell is gone, and our normal cadre of drivers are starting to have other thoughts about our little blue sedan.

2017 Subaru Impreza

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Much like in July, our Impreza saw about 1,500 miles during the month of August. During that month, the city- and traffic-heavy commutes that our drivers experienced took its toll on the lifetime mileage as it dropped a couple of tenths overall. The high for this month was only 28.5 mpg, just barely cracking the city rating. The average was a paltry 24.6 mpg over six fill-ups.

Average lifetime mpg: 25.6
EPA mpg rating: 32 combined (28 city/38 highway)
Best fill mpg: 32.6
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 8,362 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights
Performance
"The Impreza is a capable commuter car. I found it had plenty of torque with which to zip away from stoplights (when possible). It's also a cinch to maneuver on the tight side streets of L.A., and the backup camera with dynamic guidelines is super helpful during parallel parking. In fact, the Impreza's now on my short list of cars to consider when my lease is up in a few months." — Kathleen Clonts, copy chief

"The Impreza is a perfectly pleasant commuter car, but I worry that there's not enough character here to make it stand out. Maybe it's the CVT; I dislike CVTs in general and this one's not changing my mind. Maybe it's the 2.0-liter engine, which has that familiar boxer-four grumble but notably less power and torque than the 2.5-liter unit that went away with the 2012 redesign. Overall, this Impreza just seems less lovably quirky than some of its predecessors. I don't mind driving it, but I also don't feel the kind of fondness for it that previous Imprezas engendered." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy

2017 Subaru Impreza

Technology-Audio
"I loved, loved, loved the bright and prominent blind-spot alert in the side mirrors. As a driver in L.A., you always have to be on alert for what's going on around you, and this feature makes the job easier." — Kathleen Clonts

"The Impreza's Starlink system is aesthetically pleasing and a big improvement on the previous gen's infotainment interface, but I came across a big glitch this week. Someone had left an XM radio station on with the sound at about half volume. I went to change the station, pressed the Radio icon on the screen and everything froze. The screen was stuck with 'Subaru Starlink' plastered across it and none of the buttons, knobs or various controls on the dashboard or the steering wheel work — but the radio station kept playing. I stopped the car multiple times, turned off the ignition, got out, locked it, unlocked it and got back in (all in hopes of resetting the system) but nothing worked. The volume stayed the same, the radio station stayed the same, but I had no control over either. After having the Impreza parked for a few hours, I came back out to try again. Success! Everything was back in normal working order like the freeze had never occurred. It was definitely a strange occurrence though and one we'll be looking out for in the future." — Travis Langness, staff writer

2017 Subaru Impreza

Comfort
"It was my first time in the Impreza, and I instantly felt comfortable in the driver's seat. With just a couple of adjustments and support from the firm bolsters, it felt like I had been driving the car forever." — Kathleen Clonts

Miscellaneous
"Our Impreza is solid car that seems to do everything well. It looks clean, rides comfortably and has nice layout to the interior. However, aside from having all-wheel drive, it doesn't do much to make it stand out from the competition. The Mazda 3 handles better, the Honda Civic will have better fuel economy, and the Kia Forte is probably a better bargain in terms of selling price. I already voted with my wallet and bought a Mazda 3." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor

2017 Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza Review

It's easy to overlook the Subaru Impreza. It competes in a small car segment that includes big-time players from Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet and plenty of others. It's tough to get noticed when everyone else is shouting too.

But, despite the challenges, the Impreza's profile has been steadily rising. It's the only car in its segment that comes with standard all-wheel drive; its unique flat-four engines give it a mechanical character and flair that's missing from many of the alternatives; the pricing is competitive and Subaru itself has earned increasing prominence. Subaru may not be the first brand that comes to mind in much of the country, but in many of the colder and snowier parts there are many buyers who would never settle for anything else.

The current generation Impreza was introduced for 2017 and the name goes back to the first generation that appeared in 1993. But the Impreza's heritage really predates the name with a direct lineage stretching to the first front-wheel-drive Subaru, the 1000, that was introduced to Japan in 1966.

The Impreza is also the basis for the WRX line of higher performance, turbocharged machines. But Subaru now markets the WRX as its own separate series without referencing the Impreza. The Impreza doesn't try to be a subcompact for everyone. But for the right buyer, nothing else will be a reasonable substitute.

Current Subaru Impreza
There are eight versions of the current, fifth-generation Impreza that was redesigned for the 2017 model year. That's four trim levels of the sedan and four equivalent five-door wagons. All eight are powered by Subaru's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Rated at 152 horsepower, the Subaru 2.0-liter is competitive with base powerplants in competitive vehicles, but there is no upgrade option available without moving into the performance-oriented WRX model.

Base models of the Impreza are available with a manual transmission, but it only has five forward gears while most of the competition has moved on to at least six. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on the base vehicles and standard with all the other trims.

Both the sedan and wagon are available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim. Even the base models include the Starlink multimedia system, which facilitates cellphone integration with the car's entertainment components, and a rearview camera. The EyeSight package of driver assist technologies and a power sunroof are offered on the three higher trim levels as an option. All wagons are equipped with standard roof rails for cargo carrying. Base models run standard 16-inch steel wheels, the Premium gets alloy 16s, the Limited models get 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Sport versions are on 18s.

Heated front seats are offered on all but the base cars, but only the Limited gets leather seating surfaces. Instrumentation ranges from the base cars' minimalism through color multifunction displays at the top of the line. A remote starting system is also available on higher-end models, which can be beneficial for owners who operate their Imprezas in extremely cold environments. The Limited models also feature LED headlamps that track with steering inputs.

While previous generation Imprezas can be described as dowdy, the latest one is sleek with styling that swoops with elegant flourishes. The 105.1-inch wheelbase on all models helps with rear legroom, while the 182.1-inch overall length of the sedan is an inch longer than the fourth-generation car.

With the unique voice of its boxer engine, engaging steering and supple chassis, any Impreza is a fun car to drive. But it's when the going gets tough — the roads are slushy or muddy or otherwise slippery — that the Impreza shines most brightly. Yes, Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is that good.

Used Subaru Impreza Models
Fourth-generation Imprezas make attractive used cars for buyers who need their all-wheel-drive ability and security. As with the current Impreza, the Impreza built from 2012 to 2016 came as either four-door sedans or five-door wagons. Trim levels for both include the 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited, while the hatchback can also be had in 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trims.

These Imprezas are powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was standard and a CVT was optional. Either way, all-wheel drive came standard. With the CVT, the 0-60 mph dash took 9.6 seconds, a bit slow compared to some speedier rivals, though they didn't have the Subie's all-wheel drive.

Standard features included full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone/audio, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player, iPod connectivity and auxiliary audio input. The Premium added alloy wheels, cruise control and upgraded audio. Stepping up to the 2.0i Limited added automatic headlights, automatic climate control, heated seats and leather upholstery. The Sport versions further added bigger (17-inch) wheels, roof rails and available two-tone paint. Option highlights included a sunroof and a navigation system with a rearview camera.

In reviews, the Impreza 2.0i proved to be a well-rounded small car, with a compliant ride, composed handling, well-weighted steering and confident brakes. Though the acceleration wasn't exactly zippy, the improved fuel economy was certainly welcome, as was the advantage of all-wheel drive for snowbelt dwellers.

The previous, third-generation Subaru Impreza was mostly offered from 2008 through 2011. This Impreza was also offered as a sedan and hatchback in a blizzard of trim levels including WRX and Outback Sport variations. The 2.5i and Outback Sport models had a horizontally opposed 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 hp matched to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. All-wheel drive was standard across the line, and the Outback Sport had a raised suspension for better ground clearance.

The Subaru Impreza made a rather meek American debut in 1993. The first-generation model was available as a sedan or wagon and came equipped with a 1.8-liter flat-four good for just 110 hp. All-wheel drive was optional, not standard. There were three trim levels: base, L and LS. The LS (later renamed LX) came with more equipment, including a standard four-speed automatic transmission and antilock brakes.

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Dealer Notes

Check out this 2017! Feature-packed and decked out! Top features include power windows, adjustable headrests in all seating positions, lane departure warning, and a split folding rear seat. Under the hood you'll find a 4 cylinder engine with more than 150 horsepower, and all wheel drive keeps this model firmly attached to the road surface. Our sales reps are knowledgeable and professional. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.

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Dealer Notes

2018 Lapis Blue Pearl Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited AWD 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V CVT Lineartronic 5D Hatchback Factory MSRP: $30,324 37/28 Highway/City MPG *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee. Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.

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Dealer Notes

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Popular Package #4A (All-Weather Floor Mats, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink, Cargo Tray, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Light, and Rear Bumper Applique), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 6 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy wheels, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Auto High-beam Headlights, Automatic temperature control, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Heated Reclining Power Front Bucket Seats, Illuminated entry, Knee airbag, Leather-Trimmed Upholstery, Low tire pressure warning, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: Subaru Starlink 8.0 Multimedia Plus System, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote Engine Starter - Smart Start, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, and Variably intermittent wipers. Such a refined car, with a fuel-efficient powerplant, does not come up for grabs very often, so you better act fast. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, freight (see below for specific charges), any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee. Freight charges: $860 (BRZ, Impreza, Legacy, WRX); $915 (Crosstrek, Outback, Forester). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.