The all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza is the compact entry point to the Subaru brand, and both body styles – sedan and five-door hatchback – stand out from the rest of the segment with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
The 2017 Impreza is offered in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trims. The Sport grade, which was previously limited to hatchbacks for 2016, is now available for the Impreza sedan, too.
The Impreza’s redesign also brings in fresh content, with highlights that include new smartphone-integration technology that’s standard across the roster. There are also more available driver-assistance features, such as automatic reverse braking.
The redesigned Subaru Impreza sits on a longer wheelbase than the 2016 edition, and it’s noticeably wider and longer overall. Indeed, the 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback are both more than 3 inches longer than rivals like the Ford Focus. The new Subaru design language makes the most of that bigger canvas, with deeply carved sheet metal along the sides and the brand’s latest “hawk-eye” headlights, which can be complemented by LED headlights and daytime running lights.
The base Impreza comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, while alloy wheels that range from 16- to 18-inches in diameter are available, depending on trim. Uplevel Imprezas can be further enhanced with exterior features such as a power moonroof, roof rails, a heated windshield and heated exterior mirrors.
The added length of the new Impreza has a positive effect in the cabin, where sedan and hatchback versions welcome extra rear-seat legroom when compared with last year’s model. The hatch, of course, also benefits from a large rear cargo hold that can be expanded by folding down its back seats. Power windows, locks and sideview mirrors are all standard regardless of body style, and the range-topping 2017 Limited sets new benchmarks for Subaru luxury. For example, it introduces a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat to the Impreza for the first time.
A leather-trimmed cabin, heated front seats, and distinctive white gauge-cluster lighting additionally enhance the ownership experience in higher Impreza trims. The Sport model gets its own athletic look, complete with premium black cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching.
Subaru engineers have incorporated direct injection into the 2017 Impreza’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers another brand hallmark: a “boxer-style” configuration with two sets of pistons laid flat and “punching” toward each other. The updated engine makes 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. The CVT brings extra driver engagement to upper Impreza trims with paddle shifters and a manual mode that includes seven simulated gears.
The base Impreza delivers 24/32 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission. When equipped with the CVT, the Impreza sedan gets an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg city/highway.
The 2017 Impreza is also bolstered by significantly improved handling. Body roll has been significantly reduced and the Impreza Sport rides on a more athletic suspension than the rest of the lineup. The Sport trim also boosts agility with Active Torque Vectoring. This system works in turns by applying the brakes to the inside front wheel and sending more power to the outside front wheel. The result is better traction and improved handling.
A relatively large, 6.5-inch touch screen and Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system are standard for the 2017 Impreza. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are also included, as well as a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port. A new Harman Kardon audio system and an upgraded Starlink system with navigation and an 8-inch screen are among the Impreza’s top upgrades.
Subaru’s first reverse automatic braking system is also available. It’s part of a wide range of optional safety measures for the Impreza, including blind spot monitoring and the EyeSight suite of driver-assistance features. EyeSight brings in adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning and lane keeping assist.