With a family-friendly ad spacious interior, a standard all-wheel-drive, and a great balance between ride and handling and quality, the Subaru Impreza for 2017 is a solid choice for anyone shopping for an all-season compact hatchback or sedan. Its release date should be expected April next year going by the latest industry reports.
Some of its strengths include a compliant ride quality, secure handling, a standard all-wheel-drive system, and a roomy and serene interior. For 2017, buyers should look forward to a wide array of new features including new add-ons like StarLink security and safety services for top trims, and Cloud applications.
Subaru has managed to build a reputation for itself through its popular all-wheel-drive system that has endeared many off-road rally drivers, skiers, and campers to its burgeoning fan base. But even for those who don’t engage in adventures (misadventures) quite often, there are many reasons as why they should own one noisy Subaru.
For starters, the Subaru hatchback or sedan is pretty much the only choice you’ve got if you hope to get an all-time AWD system. Apart from the four-wheel-drive system that can be a nice thing to have for an extra dose of traction in inclement weather, the vehicle offers a nicely-trimmed, roomy, and comfortable cabin. Its ample backseat tops the roomiest in the segment.
Other Impreza goodies include excellent crash test scores, plenty of standard features, and steady and secure handling. Though, the vehicle still disappoints in some respects including a lackluster acceleration, a substandard sound system, a tiresome engine noise especially when mated to the CVT. As such, it might be a good idea to check what other alternatives the segment offers.
The 2017 Mazda 3 is the closest you get to the Impreza, you get a sharp handling, quick acceleration, and a well-appointed interior. The 2017 Ford Focus offers pretty the same features as the Mazda 3 but disappoints with its cramped backseat. If you are shopping for a sedan, the 2017 Honda Civic could be the best you get for next year as it features several niceties like an upscale cabin, a perky turbocharged engine, and a spacious interior. Nonetheless, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is a family-friendly car that offers reliability and composure in a normal driving environment or even in an unpleasant weather.
Available Trims – Subaru Impreza
The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes in both hatchback and sedan body styles offered in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and the 2.0i Limited trim. Furthermore, the hatchback offers an additional two trims: 2.0i Sport Premium, and the 2.0i Sport Limited. We have covered both the WRX and WRX STI in a separate review.
Interior Concept Changes & Exterior Forum – 2017 Subaru Impreza
The base 2.0i trim offers standard 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 15” steel wheels, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a rear spoiler, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a CD player, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, smartphone app integration, HD and satellite radio, a four-speaker premium sound system, a trip computer, a CD player, StarLink Cloud apps and ad news, and auxiliary audio input.
Upgrading to the 2.0i Premium trim adds you a six-speaker sound system, a cargo cover, a rear stabilizer bar, 16” alloy wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats, a windshield wiper de-icer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17” wheels, an adjustable front center armrest, and body-color exterior mirrors.
The hatchback version of the above trim adds “gunmetal gray” 17” wheels’ finish, body-color rocker panel extensions, roof rails, sport fabric upholstery, and roof rails.
The 2.0i Limited includes text-to-voice functionality, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual USB ports, a 7” touchscreen interface, chrome exterior trim, foglights, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, steering-responsive foglights, automatic braking, a forward collision mitigation system, satellite radio, and a rear center armrest.
The hatchback version of the above trim adds a special silver-accented front grille, and all the contents of the Sport Limited and Sport Premium tech list.
2017 Subaru Impreza Engine Specs
Producing 148 hp and 145 lbs. of torque is a horizontally opposed “boxer” 2.0L four-cylinder engine which comes fitted under the hood of the every 2017 Subaru Impreza model. The base 2.0i and 2.0i Sport Premium trims come mated with a five-speed manual transmission which transmits the power generated by the engine to all the four wheels.
The sedan and non-Sport hatchbacks post EPA fuel economy ratings of 25/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 1mpg less for all Sport hatchbacks.
The CVT-equipped 2017 Subaru Impreza sauntered from 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds. The acceleration is pretty slow for either a hatchback or a sedan in the segment. However, considering the vehicle comes with an all-time all-wheel-drive which adds extra drag and weight due to the AWD hardware, it is somewhat understandable.
Release Date & 2017 Subaru Impreza Price
Its release date should be expected April next year going by the latest industry reports. The hatchback once available will go for sale for $18,795, and $18,295 for the Sedan.
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