2017 Subaru Impreza

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2017 MODEL
$18,395 - $24,095 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

A few decades ago, the Subaru Impreza enjoyed much acclaim, all thanks to its great performance at the World Rally Championships. Sold widely, it was a car that was at the pinnacle of automotive engineering. Soon, it kick started a legacy of numerous race-inspired special edition cars, which has become a huge market segment today. But over time, after the range split in two, the nameplate lost its charm.

But, Subaru is all keen to make a comeback. Entering its fifth generation, the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan comes with an upgraded engine and a longer, spacious and stronger body. Claiming to be 100% more rigid than its predecessors and featuring a 5mm drop in ride height, it ensures a fun and safe drive.

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Pros

Improved design and styling

Comfortable and Spacious interiors

Agile and responsive Handling

Cons

Low on Power

Uninspiring powertrain

What's New?

New Subaru Global Platform

Improved suspension

Upgraded engine

Predecessors by 1.6 inches and wider by 1.5 inches

Luxury features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18395

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.8 in. ventilated front disc/11.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

182.1 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2974 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

26 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

9.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/32 mpg

highway range

422.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Subaru Impreza in Carbide Gray Metallic color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Crystal Black Silica color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Crystal White Pearl color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Ice Silver Metallic color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Island Blue Pearl color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Lapis Blue Pearl color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Lithium Red Pearl color  2017 Subaru Impreza in Venetian Red Pearl color
Carbide Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

6.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.9

Exterior

6.2

Safety

9.1

Driving

8.3

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

2.0i

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$18,395 - $19,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $18,395 MSRP (24/27/32) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual all wheel drive 5
2.0i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,395 MSRP (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
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cvt all wheel drive 5

 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium

2.0i Premium

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$21,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,195 MSRP (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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cvt all wheel drive 5

 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport

2.0i Sport

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$21,995 - $22,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $21,995 MSRP (23/26/31) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual all wheel drive 5
2.0i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,795 MSRP (27/30/36) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
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cvt all wheel drive 5

 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

2.0i Limited

power
152 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$24,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,095 MSRP (28/32/38) 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, H4, regular unleaded
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cvt all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


7.6/10
Features

 

6.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

6.2/10
Exterior

 

9.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

Priced at $19,395 the Subaru Impreza Sedan 2.0i comes loaded with a 152-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with direct injection and a 5-speed manual transmission or optional Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), there is no doubt that this model is better than its predecessors by leaps and bounds

2017 Subaru Impreza Features

7.6/10

Available in 4 trims namely 2.0i, Limited, Sport, and Premium, the Subaru Impreza has a base price of $19,395. The powerful 152 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with direct injection is the icing on the cake. The 2.0i and the Sport trim have 5-speed manual transmission as standard with an option of CVT transmission whereas the Premium and Limited trims get CVT as standard. From performance upgrades to safety and luxury features, the new Subaru Impreza Sedan offers several bounties.

Trim

2.0i

Limited

Premium

Sport

MSRP

$19,395

$24,095

$22,795

$21,195

Key

Features

• Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

• 5-speed manual transmission or optional Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) • 16-inch steel wheels with covers

• Cloth upholstery

• Black simulated carbon fiber interior accent trim

• 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. 4-way manually adjustable front passenger’s seat.

• Auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s power windows

• Manually adjustable CFC-free air conditioning with air filtration

• Electronic cruise control • Rear-Vision Camera

• LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH)

• Fog lights • Body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals • Active grille shutter

• 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat

• Leather-trimmed upholstery • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle with silver stitching

• Shifter handle with leather boot and gloss black trim

• Gloss simulated carbon fiber and silver interior accent trim • Keyless Access with Push-button Start and PIN-code vehicle access

• High-grade instrument cluster with color LCD display

• Automatic climate control system with air filtration

• Active Torque Vectoring • Sport-tuned suspension • 18-inch alloy wheels

• Body-color door mirrors with integrated turn signals

• Trunk spoiler (sedan) • Body-color side rocker spoilers

• LED Daytime Running Lights

• Active grille shutter

• Sport cloth interior with red stitching

• Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle with red stitching

• Gray simulated carbon fiber interior accent trim • Keyless Access with Push-button Start and PIN-code vehicle access

• Sport instrument cluster with color LCD display

• 16-inch alloy wheels • Roof rails: Silver finish (5-door)

• Body-color side mirrors

• 6 speakers  • All-Weather Package: Heated exterior mirrors, dual-mode heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer • Auto-on/off headlights

• Welcome lighting

• Cargo area cover (5-door)

2017 Subaru Impreza Engine

6.2/10

Engine and Performance Transmission

Under the hood of the Subaru Impreza Sedan sits the extensively reworked edition of the 2.0-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine. With 80 of its upgraded, including the direct fuel injection system, this improved engine offers a great ride. Offering a 5-speed manual gearbox on low-end and Sports models, or a CVT that will ensure better EPA fuel-economy ratings, the new 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan is quick in traffic.

Boasting off a 152 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 145 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, the powerful 2.0-liter engine, with its 12.5:1 compression ratio is at par with the other base engines in the compact-class category.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

MSRP

$19,395

$16,775

$18,740

$16,975

Engine

2.0L 4cyl

2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT Flex Fuel

2.0L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve i-VTEC

1.4L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder

Transmission

CVT

5-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-speed Manual

Horsepower

152 hp

160 hp

158 hp

153 hp

Torque

145 lb-ft

146 lb-ft.

138 lb-ft.

177 lb-ft.

The new Subaru Impreza is at par with the performance of its competitors. Offering almost the same horsepower as the Chevrolet Cruze L, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is a car you can bet on. While the Honda Civic LX is loaded with more horsepower, the Subaru Impreza gets the better of the Honda by providing better torque. Offering a much superior engine than the Chevrolet Cruze LX, the performance specs of the 2017 Subaru Impreza are more or less the same as its competitors.

Acceleration

Though a whole lot of improvements have been made to its older variants, the 2017 Impreza's acceleration is not something that would really impress you. Though it is packed with enough to get you zipping past traffic in the city, it remains rather unimpressive on highways. This drawback is mainly due to the Impreza's Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission, also called as the CVT.

The CVT, incorporated mainly to make driving in the city smoother and easier, lets the engine speed rise and fall more smoothly, without following the mechanics of the traditional automatic transmission. Though the Subaru Impreza pulls off an impressive 7-speed transmission under heavy throttle, it in a way slows acceleration. But on the plus side, when your foot goes to the floor, the CVT adjusts engine speed for optimum acceleration, and in the process reduces the noise that is otherwise produced in a conventional transmission.

Models

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

0-60 MPH

9.7

6.2 sec

8.6 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter mile

17.4

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

16.2 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

1.4L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.6

6.3

5.5

5.5

One look and you can ascertain that the 2017 Subaru Impreza is not the fastest car among its competitors. While it does a 0-60 MPH in 9.7 seconds, the Ford Focus S does it in 6.2 seconds, beating the Impreza with an impressive margin of 3.5 seconds. Even the quarter-mile performance of the Impreza is not something to brag about. While the rest of its competitors clock it in under 17 seconds, the Impreza takes 17.4s.

Handling and Steering

Take the 2017 Subaru Impreza for a spin and you will notice how much driving this car reminds you of driving an Audi. Especially in the corners. The new rethought design and electrically assisted steering pull off an impressive ratio of 12.0:1, which enables a much smoother ride. The elaborate and sophisticated damping clips, along with the quicker steering ensures a smoother ride by soaking up the impacts with a tolerance compliance. The suspension too is tastefully crafted to enhance the driving experience.

The car's center of gravity has been lowered and the maker's say that this has cut the body roll in the Impreza by up to 50 percent. Along with this, the active torque vectoring that has been designed to adjust the torque that is distributed to each wheel helps maximize the grip when constantly changing terrains. This creates a tighter steering feel while cornering.

Braking

The makers of the 2017 Subaru Impreza have left nothing to chance when it comes to the performance and safety of the car. The Impreza comes with an automatic pre-collision braking system and reverse automatic braking system that ensure the driver's safety.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Brake Front (in.)

10.9

10.9

11.1

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.8

9.0

10.2

10.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2955

2935

2742

2835

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

117

127

121

Among its competitors, the 2017 Subaru Impreza comes to a halt in just 123 inches when moving at 60 MPH, 4 inches shorter than the Honda Civic LX. The rear brakes aren't the most effective among the competitors as the Impreza takes about 10.8 inches, whereas the Honda Civic takes 10.2 inches, while the Ford Focus takes an impressive 9.0 inches only. When it comes to the front brakes, apart from the Honda Civic LX, all perform the same.

2017 Subaru Impreza Fuel Economy

7.7/10

Though loaded with great power, the 2017 Subaru Impreza's 152 horsepower engine is highly praised for its good fuel performance in its price range. Thanks to its Continuously Variable Transmission. At present, it is one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive compact sedan sold in the US.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

MPG (city)

24

25

28

28

MPG (highway)

32

34

40

39

MPG (combined)

27

28

32

32

The Subaru Impreza's fuel economy ratings are not the best. While it offers 24 MPG in the city, the Honda Civic LX offers up to 28. On the highway too, while the Impreza offers 32 MPG, the Honda Civic LX offers an impressive 40 - the highest among its competitors. This leaves the 2017 Subaru Impreza's combines fuel ratings at 27, which is one short of that of the Ford Focus'.

2017 Subaru Impreza Interior

7.9/10

On the inside too, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is much more expressive than its previous models. With a plain, yet striking dashboard, console and other materials the car radiates a comfortable vide. The gauge cluster, the touchscreen display, and the console come enclosed in varying rectangular shapes with beveled edges. And above the center stack sits the secondary display. All in all, the interiors add a dash of character to the car.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/56.7/43.1

38.3/55.6/41.9

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.9/54.9/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/55.6/36.5

38.0/53.7/33.2

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.3/53.2/36.1

In short, from the multi-panel seats to the seats and the stitching along the doors, the Impreza's cabin is lovely. As always, Subaru has tried to keep it simple. Almost everything inside this car can be easily operated without diverting the attention of the driver.

While all its competitors can seat 5 people comfortably, the dimensions of the Impreza will go on to show that it offers the most spacious interiors.

Interior Features

Here is a list of the standout features in the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe:

  • Cruise control
  • Six-way power adjustable driver's seat
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Interior and exterior embellishments in matte silver, carbon-fiber, and chrome
  • Keyless ignition
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Navigation
  • AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary input
  • keyless entry
  • Seven airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Standard remote steering-wheel audio controls
  • Automatic hill-holder

Infotainment

There is just about enough inside the 2017 Subaru Impreza to make your ride comfortable and smooth. While the 16-inch touchscreen display in the dash and a multi-formation display sits between the gauge, here's where all the standard controls are. While there are basic utilities like audio jacks, a four-speaker audio system and more room for accessories.

  • 16-inch touchscreen
  • Secondary touchscreen
  • Four speaker audio system
  • Steering-wheel audio controls
  • 16-inch touchscreen
  • Secondary touchscreen
  • Four speaker audio system
  • Steering-wheel audio controls

Cargo

The 2017 Subaru Impreza offers enough cargo space to get you going but it still is pretty small if you are looking to carry luggage for a weekend getaway. Additionally, the improved body style allows for additional cargo rails in the roof. One can add a variety of accessories to these rails, thereby creating more space.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.3

13.2

15.1

14.8

The Civic LX provides a cargo space better than any other cars in the competition and can adjust the luggage of a family of 4 pretty easily. Every rival car has a trunk bigger than the Impreza but there's one advantage that Impreza has is the 60/40 splitting seats allowing you to carry more luggage easily.

2017 Subaru Impreza Exterior

6.2/10

The Subaru Impreza blends great road manners with great style. Sleeker and crisp in shape, it is 1.5 inches longer and wider and about an inch lower than its previous models. While the trademark hexagonal grille still features, the body lines along each side rise over the wheel well and fall along the doors. The window line also rises at the back and the lights, both front, and rear, appear slightly big thanks to this new design. With a shape that is more fluid and the incorporation of accent lines to allow for a more 'sculptural' design of the body. This makes the 2017 Subaru Impreza a bit more fashion-forward than its predecessors.

Model

Subaru Impreza 2.0i

Ford Focus S

Honda Civic LX

Chevrolet Cruze L

Curb weight (lbs.)

2955

2935

2742

2835

Length(in)

182.1

178.5

182.3

183.7

Width(in)

70.0

71.8

70.8

70.5

Height(in)

57.3

57.7

55.7

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

4.7

5.9

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

104.3

106.3

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/60.8

61.2/60.4

60.9/61.5

60.1/61.1

In terms of the exterior dimensions, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is the heaviest among its competitors, with a curb weight of 2955 lbs., just 20 lbs. more than the Ford Focus. While it is the slimmest among its competitors with a width of just 70 inches, it is almost 2 inches taller in height than the Honda Civic LX.

Exterior Features

  • Rigid body structure
  • LED headlights
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
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2017 Subaru Impreza Safety

9.1/10

You leave all your worries at home when it comes to the safety of this car. The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes standard with front, side and curtain airbags. Loaded with a plethora of safety features like blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and thanks to the new global platform, there are many just enhancements that ensure the driver's safety.

Not just that, the rigid structure and the shape of the car itself have been designed to withstand high-pressure impacts. With its own suite of automated safety systems that include adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking, Subaru wants to be at the forefront of safety in the automotive industry.

Safety features:

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) EyeSight
  • Driver Assist Technology
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
  • Rear-Vision Camera Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • STARLINK Safety Plus enabled
  • Automatic Collision Notification
  • SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Maintenance Notifications Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • Diagnostic Alerts Subaru advanced frontal airbag system with driver's and front passenger's airbags (SRS)12
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags (SRS)12
  • Side-curtain airbags protecting front and rear outboard occupants (SRS)12 Driver's knee airbag (SRS)12
  • Rollover sensor (SRS)12 Whiplash protection front seats with height-adjustable head restraints Three individual rear-seat head restraints Height-adjustable 3-point front seatbelts with dual pretensioners and force limiters
  • 3-point seatbelts at all rear seating positions. LATCH system: Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children

NHTSA Rating

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall rating

5 star

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

4 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IIHS Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small overlap front drive side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Good

Headlights

Good

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

Superior

Child seat anchors (LATCH)

Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Subaru Impreza Competition

Ford Focus S vs Subaru Impreza

The Ford Focus is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft of torque. The Focus runs on a front-wheel-drive system, which limits the driver's ability in certain weather conditions.

Though the Impreza offers more spacious interiors and almost similar braking performance, the Ford Focus beats the Impreza when it comes to acceleration.

Honda Civic LX vs Subaru Impreza

The Honda Civic LX is a few hundred dollars less expensive than the 2017 Subaru Impreza and comes with higher horsepower. While it is more efficient than the Impreza in acceleration, the Subaru Impreza offers more space. The Civic's fuel efficiency, braking performance and other performance related statics are all slightly better than the 2017 Subaru Impreza, but Subaru cars are known for their commitment to the drivers' safety. No wonder, the Impreza comes with a long list of safety features.

Chevrolet Cruze L vs Subaru Impreza

WhileSubaru comes with a 2L 4-cylinder engine, the Chevrolet Cruze L comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. And this justifies the slight hike in the price of the Subaru as compared to the Chevrolet. Yet, the Chevrolet beats the Subaru with ease when it comes to acceleration. When it comes to braking, both cars perform almost the same. But when it comes to fuel economy, the Chevrolet does a much better job than the Subaru.

2017 Subaru Impreza Final Verdict

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is a mix of great control and impressive performance. Boasting off great enhancements as compared to its previous models, its global system and the list of enhancements it brings along with it seems promising and is sure to make driving more fun. Designed to function on entirely new underpinnings, this car blends agility and comfort.

A name that one can reckon with for safety, the 2017 Subaru Impreza comes from a rich legacy, reputation for reliability, and featuring some promising technological enhancements, this is a car that is definitely worth buying.