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2017 Subaru Impreza Overview

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The last time the Subaru Impreza had been updated was back in 2012, but all of that changes with the new 2017 model. The 2017 Impreza is the first vehicle to use Subaru’s new global platform. This architecture is reportedly much stiffer than what was used in last year’s model, which should help to improve both handling and passenger safety in the event of a crash. The 2017 Subaru Impreza is still available in sedan and hatchback body styles, comes standard with the company’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system, and carries a relatively affordable starting MSRP of $18,395. The new Impreza competes for sales with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3.


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The Subaru Impreza underwent a thorough redesign for the 2017 model year

2017 Subaru Impreza

What’s new for the 2017 Subaru Impreza?

Besides its all-new platform, the 2017 Subaru Impreza also comes standard with a 6.5-inch multimedia display system that’s compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new Impreza also provides four additional horsepower over last year’s model, while the already roomy interior becomes even more spacious thanks to its new platform. Furthermore, every new Impreza sold in the US will now be built stateside.

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The Subaru Impreza underwent a thorough redesign for the 2017 model year

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2017 Subaru Impreza Exterior

In both sedan and hatchback form, the 2017 Impreza maintains the same basic look as the outgoing model, but its dimensions have definitely changed. The new Impreza is more than 1.5 inches longer from front to back, it’s approximately half of an inch closer to the ground, and its wheelbase has also grown by an inch. Standard features for the ‘17 Impreza include 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, and the vehicle’s signature hexagonal grille. In comparison, the higher-level Premium model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a trunk spoiler, and roof rails for the hatchback model. Exterior color options for the Impreza include Lapis Blue Metallic, Lithium Red Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Island Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, and Carbide Gray Metallic.

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Exterior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i

  • 16 x 6.5-inch steel wheels with covers,  Multi-reflector halogen headlights, Black folding side mirrors, Two-speed windshield wipers with variable intermittent mode and mist feature

Exterior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium

  • Adds to or replaces features on 2.0i: 16 x 6.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, silver finish, Body-color folding side mirrors, Heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer

Exterior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport

  • Adds to or replaces features on Premium: 18 x 7.5-inch black with machine finish aluminum-alloy wheels, Body-color folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Side rocker spoilers, Single exhaust outlet with stainless tip (sedan), Trunk spoiler

Exterior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

  • Adds to or replaces features on Sport: 17 x 7.0-inch dark gray with machine finish aluminum-alloy wheels, LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Fog lights, Chrome door handles, Auto-on/off headlights

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The Subaru Impreza underwent a thorough redesign for the 2017 model year

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2017 Subaru Impreza Performance

The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes standard with a 2.0-liter boxer engine that provides 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. That rating of 152 ponies is actually an increase of four horsepower over what was offered in last year’s Impreza. This four-cylinder motor is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox in the entry-level model, but higher trims of the Impreza come equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In addition, the Impreza Sport features a revised suspension and Active Torque Vectoring technology, which should improve the vehicle’s acceleration.

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The Subaru Impreza underwent a thorough redesign for the 2017 model year

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2017 Subaru Impreza Efficiency

The Impreza’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now features direct-injection technology that makes this vehicle one of the most fuel efficient all-wheel drive cars that money can buy. The 2017 Impreza sedan equipped with the continuously variable transmission can yield an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The hatchback model yields slightly lower highway fuel economy of 37 mpg. Moreover, every new Impreza features a 13.2 gallon fuel tank.

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The Subaru Impreza underwent a thorough redesign for the 2017 model year

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2017 Subaru Impreza Interior

The interior of the Impreza is roomier than it’s ever been thanks to Subaru’s new global platform, which allowed the wheelbase to grow by an inch. The interior is also more visually appealing than last year’s model, as its dashboard has a bolder design and the materials used in the cabin also have a softer feel. The 2017 Impreza comes standard with a manually-adjustable air conditioning system, cloth upholstery, and 6.5-inch display system that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, buyers who go with the range-topping Limited model will get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control. Other optional equipment available with the new Impreza includes a power moonroof and navigation system with access to TomTom maps.

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Interior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 

  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, Cloth upholstery,  3-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls, Manually adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column, Manually adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system, STARLINK™ 6.5-inch Multimedia, 4 speakers

Interior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium

  • Adds to or replaces features on 2.0i: Heated front seats, Lineartronic® CVT paddle shifters, Retractable and removable cargo area cover, 6 speakers

Interior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport

  • Adds to or replaces features on Premium: Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, Sport cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching, Aluminum-alloy pedal covers, Color multifunction display, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, STARLINK™ 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus

Interior available on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

  • Adds to or replaces features on Sport: Power driver’s seat, Leather-trimmed upholstery, Lineartronic® CVT paddle shifters, Automatic climate control system

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2017 Subaru Impreza Safety

Subaru claims the Impreza’s body can absorb the energy of a crash 40% better than the old model. In addition, the Impreza comes standard with active safety tech such as high-beam assist, which can turn of the vehicle’s high beams when sensors detect the presence of another vehicle. The Impreza’s rearview camera also gets guidelines for the new model year to help with reversing. Speaking of which, the Impreza can apply the brakes automatically when another car is detected while the Impreza is backing up. Optional for the ’17 Impreza is Subaru’s EyeSight System. This one-of-a-kind package comes with advanced safety equipment like rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert, just to name of its premium safety features.

Standard Safety Features

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • 4-wheel antilock braking system
  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rear-vision camera
  • Dual-stage deployment driver’s and front passenger’s front airbags
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Side-curtain airbags protecting front and rear outboard occupants
  • Rollover sensor
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Whiplash protection front seats with height- and tilt-adjustable head restraints
  • LATCH system: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren

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    Tim Shults is the President of the Shults Auto Group. In his spare time he likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.