The 201 7 Subaru Impreza: What the critics say
“It’s important to pay attention to the quiet ones.” Though the well-rounded Impreza has never been a compact that stands out in the crowd, the new edition “does nothing less than predict the future of the Subaru brand.” Built on a new platform that will soon undergird virtually all Subarus, today’s Impreza serves up a Goldilocks-like balance of price, features, and refinement. All-wheel drive is standard, as before. The overall level of polish, however, is up significantly.
The comprehensiveness of the Impreza’s makeover is almost thrilling. Gone is the “cut-rate” cabin of old, as well as the “dowdy driving dynamics.” Everything in the roomier new interior has a more solid feel, beginning with a thoroughly upgraded infotainment system. Meanwhile, handling has been “drastically improved,” suddenly putting the Impreza, now Indiana built, in a class with the Mazda3 or Honda Civic.
“The only thing that’s missing is more power.” Though the 152-hp four-cylinder can hold its own against the base engines in many rival compacts, most of those cars have available upgrades. A WRX version eventually will fill the need for a sportier compact Subaru. Still, given everything that’s right about this car—as either a sedan or a five-door—“there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the brand’s future.”