Subaru launched the new 2017 Impreza, and if you think that this car differs from its predecessors, you are right. The Japanese automaker decided to introduce the new model and to be honest, it looks a bit like Mazda’s product. The 2017 Subaru Impreza has been overhauled completely, and this version looks promising so let’s analyze it into more details.
Subaru offers durability to their customers, and the owners of their cars usually decide to buy a new one after ten years of driving the old one. With that fact in mind, you might think that Subaru has little incentive in being progressive, but this is not true. The interesting thing is that this carmaker hasn’t produced a hybrid and it hasn’t assembled a good crossover, whereas their vehicles look as if they are from a previous decade. However, this hasn’t stopped Subaru of selling a lot of Impreza wagons in the US, so what the new Impreza brings to the table?
Firstly, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is based on New Global Platform, which offers a lot of benefits, but what is most important is that a plug-in hybrid can finally be added to the options lineup. Under the hood of the new Impreza, you can find a 2.0-liter flat four engine that produces 152 hp and 145 ft of torque, while its predecessor produced 148 hp, difference that will not be easily noticeable. What is great about this engine, though, is that it finally comes with direct injection and it is combined with the CVT that sends power to all wheels.
Size and Driving
The new Impreza weighs the same as the 2016 model, but it will gain 45 mm in length, 35 mm in width and it will be 10 mm lower. One of the segments where we are getting improvements, even it is bigger is the twist resisting. The engineers also improved suspension and although the car is not a rocket on the road it is well really composed and driving it is a pleasure. The steering is also enhanced, offered with the new rack that brings BRZ-matching 13.1 ratio, while the brakes are upgraded, lifting Impreza to a whole new level.
Subaru has really stepped up, and the interior of the 2017 vehicle looks dashing. Not only will the new interior attract more customers, but it will also keep the old ones. The seats are covered in durable materials, and the passengers feel comfortable. What we could easily notice is that both features and used materials could be better, a segment in which some of the competitors offer more. Nevertheless, there are some flaws in the cabin such as tacky fake carbon fiber details on some trims. But the good thing is that this is the only bad side of the 2017 Subaru Impreza.
Subaru has finally decided to upgrade some of the technology inside this model. So far the features have been a bit old-fashioned but that is changed on the new car, and the example for this is the new infotainment system which Subaru developed together with Harman. The touchscreen will be with either 6.5 or 8 inches diagonal, and this depends on the trim you opt for. You will be able to customize the features as you like and the new infotainment system is practical and easy to use.
All models come out with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, but only upper trims will feature TomTom navigation which is extremely useful. Moreover, most vehicles sport things like 4G LTE connectivity powered by AT&T, Starling system, voice recognition, which is powered by Nuance and what is really odd is that there is a birdwatching app. Subaru, of course, features EyeSight that includes a dual-camera system and some other technologies such as lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking system and rear cross-traffic alert.Şource:autoblog.com
2017 Subaru Impreza Price
The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes out in three trim-levels. The entry-level is the 2.0i and it costs $18,395. The second one is Premium, which offers much more equipment than the base car, but this one is priced at $21,195. Moving up the ladder and you will find Sport trim with largest tires and wheels within the range. The starting price of this model is $21,995. The range-topping is called Limited, and if you opt for this version you will have to pay at least $24,095, but if you decide to add every possible additional package the price jumps almost to $30,000.