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If you're looking for a handsome compact sedan with standard all-wheel drive, a roomy cabin, and a little bit of rally pedigree under the hood, the 2017 Subaru Impreza could be right for you. Its standard 2.0L engine is very capable and you get a huge range of features spread across four trim levels and two body styles—sedan and five-door. This is a car that's suitable for running errands, a little light off-roading, and for putting your foot down during your commute.
All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)
F 43.1"/R 36.5"
F 39.8"/R 38"
The standard all-wheel drive means you get fantastic traction, no matter the weather. This gives you peace of mind on wet roads or when driving through snow. As a bonus, it also gives you great traction and handling in dry conditions, too. The symmetrical AWD paired with the standard electronic stability control and traction control system means you get fantastic grip no matter where you are.
Even on the base model, you get a range of great standard features. The 2.0i trim features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth® streaming. If you're looking for a little more, the Premium trim adds heated seats, welcome lighting, and a six-speaker audio system. Whichever trim you like the look of, you know it'll be well equipped and comfortable inside.
With 99.8 cu ft of passenger space in the sedan, the 2017 Subaru Impreza has room for everyone and their things. If you need a little more space, keep an eye out for the five-door model, which has 20.8 cu ft of room in the trunk. In the sedan, you get 12.3 cu ft of cargo space, which is plenty if you need to load up for that next camping trip while still having enough space for your whole crew.
Subaru's EyeSight® suite of convenience features offers a wide range of driver assistance technology. This is great if you often do long drives or spend a lot of time on the highway. Adaptive cruise control will make driving simple by not only setting your speed but the distance from the car ahead, too. Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist are also great features if you want a little peace of mind when you're on the road.
On any road trip or long drive, you might choose to stop for snacks or a bathroom break but the Impreza doesn't require frequent fuel stops. The 2017 Impreza Premium trim sedan with the 2.0L engine and automatic CVT has an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
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RepairPal gave the Subaru Impreza an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru Impreza 37th out of 44 among Compact Cars.View RepairPal's full rating of the Subaru Impreza
Includes a five-speed manual transmission or optional Lineartronic® CVT, 16-inch steel wheels, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a 6.5-inch high definition touchscreen, cloth upholstery, a six-way manual driver seat, power windows, electronic cruise control, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, a four-speaker audio system, and more.
Adds standard Lineartronic CVT, paddle shifters, 16-inch alloy wheels, body-color side mirrors, six-speaker audio, heated exterior mirrors and front seats, a windshield wiper de-icer, auto-on/off headlights, welcome lighting, and more.
Adds active torque vectoring, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, a trunk spoiler, body-color side rocker spoilers, LED daytime running lights, an eight-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and ignition, a Harman Kardon audio system, and more.
Includes premium trim features, and adds LED steering responsive headlights, leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-way power driver seat, automatic climate
The 2017 Impreza has standard all-wheel drive, offering great traction and responsive steering. With tires appropriate for the conditions, this is a great combination for driving in snow.
You'll want to avoid hair-raising off-road driving and mountain climbs, but you should be fine taking a forest pathway or dirt track to a camping ground thanks to the standard AWD.
According to the manufacturer, the 2017 Impreza Sport has a 0-60 time of 9 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph.
All 2017 Subaru Impreza sedans feature a 2.0L engine. The 2.0i base model with CVT, has an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined. Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when the vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
The 2017 Impreza Sport trim has some notable sporty upgrades, including sports-tuned suspension, active torque vectoring, trim exclusive interior and exterior styling, and the option of a short-shift manual transmission, if that's your thing.
Carbide Gray (Metallic)
Crystal Black (Silica)
Crystal White (Pearl)
Ice Silver (Metallic)
Island Blue (Pearl)
Lapis Blue (Pearl)
Lithium Red (Pearl)
Venetian Red (Pearl)
Black Sport Cloth
The roomy interior of the 2017 Subaru Impreza offers 43.1 inches of legroom in the front and 36.5 inches in the back. This is plenty of space all round for adults and children alike. Depending on the trim, you'll find either cloth or leather inside; the Limited trim offers leather-trimmed upholstery plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle. The Sport trim also has the leather-wrapped wheel and shifter but has a sporty cloth interior with red stitching. In the trunk of the sedan, you'll find 12.3 cu ft while the five-door opens this up to 20.8 cu ft.
All models come standard with all-wheel drive for extra grip and dynamic handling. According to the manufacturer, the 2017 Impreza Sport has a 0-60 time of 9 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. All 2017 Subaru Impreza sedans feature a 2.0L engine. The 2.0i base model with CVT has an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2017 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0L engine and five-speed manual transmission has tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 331 grams per mile, while the AWD 2.0L model with automatic transmission has tailpipe emissions of 282 grams per mile.