2017 Subaru Impreza Definitely Impresses With Its New Build

2017 Subaru Impreza (Aaron)

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is all-new, with changes to everything about the vehicle except its two core values: a large interior and all-wheel drive as standard. The Impreza is built on the new Subaru Global Platform on which most other Subaru vehicles will also be based. And it’s a great improvement on an already great vehicle.

The manufacturer says

The 2017 Impreza is redesigned from the ground up with an all-new structure using more high-strength steel for long-lasting quality. With greater strength, rigidity and vibration resistance, the new Subaru Global Platform is designed to provide confidence for years to come.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Subaru
  • Year, Model: 2017 Impreza
  • Class, Type: Compact sedan
  • Base Price: $18,395
  • Availability: Now

Overview

The 2017 Impreza improves on many things that were lacking in the previous-generation of the car. Namely it’s no longer as cheap on the interior and isn’t noisy on the highway. What’s more, it’s still peppy, confident, and spacious. Sadly, it’s still a bit behind the competition in interior refinement and engine output, but it’s a Subaru so it’s still got reliability and all-wheel drive dependability in its corner.

The engine powering the 2017 Subaru Impreza is a 2.0-liter boxer-style four-cylinder that outputs a somewhat meager 152 horsepower and 145 foot pounds of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the CVT. The manual trans sees slightly lower returns.

We spent a week with the CVT-enabled version of this car and were happy with the MPG results, but not with the engine’s output. It’s lackluster in many situations, though it does jump forward well when at middle speeds (35 mph or so) at a throttle press. That doesn’t last long, though.

On the outside, the Impreza gets a new look that isn’t too far from the previous generation, nor is it likely to turn heads in the parking lot. Subaru is not really known for stylish design and the 2017 Impreza keeps that, with a good-looking, but rather “blah” appearance.

Inside, the Impreza is still the relatively plain Jane of the Subaru models. It’s not badly made, it’s just not all that interesting either. Monotone colors are the norm in most lower-end Subs and the Impreza definitely leads that pack. Materials quality is good, but design elements are plain and often unadorned. Comfort is good, though, and we like the newly-spacious rear seating that can now accommodate even tall adults without too much cramping. Great for a compact.

Cargo is at 12.4 cubic feet in the sedan, which is barely average for the segment. The hatchback model will offer much more versatility in that regard. Parents will love the interior’s kid-friendly setup with safety features (all top shelf) and easy access to child safety seat locks.

What we like

Solid MPG returns.

Excellent AWD system and confidence.

Spacious interior.

What we don't

Boring drive and lackluster engine output.

Unimpressive interior design.

Conclusions

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is a big step forward for this compact car, but still leaves some things to be desired. Subaru owners expect certain things from their cars, though, and the Impreza definitely delivers on all of those fronts. For the price, it’s hard to argue with the 2017 Impreza’s proposition and great reputation.

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