2017 Subaru BRZ Release Date, Specs and Review

Exceptionally sharp handling and affordable price tag make this rear-wheel-drive one of the most attainable and appealing performance cars available today. Some of its strengths include lots of standard features, a high-fuel economy rating, comfortable front seats, excellent steering and handling, and a light and well-balanced chassis. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ

New add-ons available for 2016 include a limited edition HyperBlue version, an updated touchscreen infotainment system, and distinctive interior and exterior styling flourishes.

For shoppers looking for a peppy performance, and nimble handling, the BRZ should be atop their list of priorities. It is affordable and lightweight, yet delivers an outstanding performance of a sports car. The performance is taken a notch higher by the BRZ’s boxer engine that provides an impressive 200 hp and propels its 2,800 pounds effortlessly.

Also, the ideal front and rear weight balance, lowered center of gravity, and responsive handling lake it an all-rounded highway athlete. There are very few vehicles in the market today that can compete directly with the Subaru BRZ. However, you could still walk around to sample what other vehicles in the same price range have to offer. Its alternatives include 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Ford Focus, 2017 Scion FR-S, 2017 VW Golf GTI, 2017 Ford Mustang, and 2017 Subaru WRX.

Subaru BRZ – Available Trims

The compact coupe is available in two distinct trims: base Premium and top-of-the-line Limited trim. Also, there is a limited edition HyperBlue version available for 2016. The high-performance STI convertible is reviewed separately.

Exterior Changes & Interior Review – 2017 Subaru BRZ

As already mentioned, the four-seat compact 2017 Subaru BRZ coupe is available in two primary trims and one limited edition trim. The 2017 Subaru BRZ Premium should be expected to come equipped with LED running lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, summer performance tires, 17” wheels, air conditioning, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a fold-down rear seatback, a 6.2” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, voice controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

Others include the Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system which comes bundled with voice controls, Pandora and Aha radio, a CD player, Stitcher and iHeartRadio, calendar and weather features, and an 8-speaker sound system.

2017 Subaru BRZ back
2017 Subaru BRZ back

Picking the Limited trim gets you heated mirrors, front heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, foglamps, and automatic climate control.

Stepping up to the HyperBlue edition gets you blue-and-black interior scheme, a frameless rearview mirror, a special light blue color paint, blue interior stitching, and exterior badges and black wheels. Only 500 models will be produced.

2017 Subaru BRZ front
2017 Subaru BRZ front

The exterior colors to expect include Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, and WR Blue Pearl.

Exterior options include a rear bumper diffuser, spoiler Ice Silver Metallic, chrome fuel door cover, spoiler WR Blue, chrome fender trim, and fog lamp kit. Interior wise, expect interior illuminating blue, cargo tray, sunshade, subwoofer kit, auto-dimming mirror, and interior illuminating red.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Subaru BRZ

An MSRP starting from $25,395 is what the Premium trim will cost you in U.S dealerships. The Limited goes for sale for $27,395, and the limited edition HyperBlue Series an MSRP of $27,690.
As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle sometime later this year.

2017 Subaru BRZ release date
2017 Subaru BRZ release date

Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru BRZ

Motivating the fresh 2017 Subaru BRZ is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 200 hp and 151 pounds of torque. Available as standard is the six-speed manual transmission system, while optionally provided is a rev-matched downshift and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles.

A manual-equipped BRZ, during our test drive, went from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Its automatic-equipped counterpart did the same in 7.9 seconds.

As per the available EPA ratings, expect the manual-equipped BRZ to return fuel consumption ratings of 22/30/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with an automatic.

Standard safety equipment available includes emergency braking assist, 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, dusk sensing headlights, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamp, 2 front headrests, and stability and traction control.

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2017 Subaru Impreza Release Date, Specs and Info

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.

2017 Subaru Impreza exterior, alloy wheels, silver color

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.

2017 Subaru Impreza exterior, alloy wheels

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.

2017 Subaru Impreza exterior, red color

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.

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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.

2017 Subaru Impreza steering wheel, lcd screen and gear shift knob

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.

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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.

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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.

2017 Subaru Impreza engine

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

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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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New 2017 Subaru Legacy – Release Date and Info

Relative to what other midsize sedans in the market offer, the new 2017 Subaru Legacy comes a bit short in its ride quality, acceleration, and overall refinement. However, it is solid choice if snow and rain are frequent occurrences in your daily commute. Its date of release should be expected in June 2017.

2017 Subaru Legacy front view, grille and headlights

The Legacy, despite such a cold introduction above, is a darn good vehicle in other areas. It offers top crash test scores, many advanced safety features, a standard AWD system, and an excellent exterior visibility. The engine department remains unaltered though. But who’s complaining!

Subarus are known for their go-anywhere gonzo due to their standard all-wheel drive system which enables them maneuver effortlessly in mundane conditions especially where it snows and rains heavily such as in the Pacific Northwest or New England. Notwithstanding such capability, the vehicle hasn’t managed to achieve any major breakthrough in the midsize sedan market.

2017 Subaru Legacy exterior, alloy wheels

But for 2017, Subaru has tried to broaden the Legacy’s appeal through various add-ons and updates meant to make it feel like a mainstream sedan. The cabin materials, for instance, are upgraded. The cargo and passenger space has also been boosted, too. Previously a major concern, the fuel economy ratings have been improved with EPA now rating the 2.5L four-cylinder engine at combined rating of 30 mpg in the city/highway.

2017 Subaru Legacy blue color, side angle

As much as we applaud the efforts invested by Subaru in trying to make the Legacy an appealing and compelling purchase, there are some grey areas which will certainly raise eyebrows such as the jaded acceleration, and a stiffer ride. Thus, other alternatives to consider include the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Toyota Camry, the 2017 Mazda 6, and the 2017Nissan Altima. These rivals are superior to the Legacy in terms of driver enjoyment, technology, and styling.

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Offered Trims – 2017 Subaru Legacy

The sedan is offered in four trims ranging from the well-appointed 3.6R Limited to the base 2.5i trim models, and both the 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims fitting in between them. Both the GT Sport and the Hybrid are covered in own reviews.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Subaru Legacy Interior Colors

2017 Subaru Legacy gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

The base model comes equipped with a 60/40-split folding seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.2-inch touchscreen display controls, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, 17” steel wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, an iPod/USB interface, Aha and Pandora audio streaming, a six-speaker sound system, and a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

2017 Subaru Legacy leather seats and steering wheel

Stepping up to the 2.5i Premium trim model gets you a telematics system, an automatic dual-zone climate control, exterior heated mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, 17-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, Internet-connected news, music, and weather apps, dual USB ports, 7” touchscreen display, an upgraded display system, upgraded gauges, and an eight-way power driver seat.

2017 Subaru Legacy interior, backseats

Options available for the 2.5i Premium trim include a rear cross-traffic alert, brake intervention, forward collision warning and mitigation system, a blind-spot warning system, a navigation system, lane-departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, adaptive foglights, a sunroof, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

2017 Subaru Legacy side view, alloy wheels

The 2.5i Limited upgrades you with heated rear seats, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch alloy wheels, driver memory settings, a blind-spot warning system, power folding side mirrors, a four-way power passenger seat, and a comfort-tuned suspension system.

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2017 Subaru Legacy Engine Specifications

Two engines are offered beneath the bonnets of the 2017 Subaru Legacy. The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder capable of yielding about 175 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. The other is a 3.6L six-cylinder turbo engine rated at an impressive 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Subaru Legacy engine

As you’d have guessed, the engines come mated to a CVT which further sends the output to all the wheels via the AWD mode.

It has been established by various test drives it will only require about 9.4 seconds to get past 60 mph with the 2.5i Premium trim. A disappointing acceleration considering its traditional rivals will probably require under 8 seconds to hit the same speed.

2017 Subaru Legacy engine view

The four-cylinder engine, according to EPA returns about 36/26/30 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/20/23 mpg for the six-cylinder.

Price & 2017 Subaru Legacy Release Date

2017 Subaru Legacy release date

Recent news put June 2017 as the expected release date. As for the price, expect to pay about $21,745 for the Legacy wagon – a fair MSRP considering it offers a standard all-wheel drive system, and plenty of other unique features.

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