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2017 Subaru Impreza: Living With It

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author photo by Jessica Shea Choksey August 2017

Long-term updates are meant to give you more than just a review. They serve as a report on what it's like to live with a vehicle, which requires our staff to spend a few months behind the wheel. So here are some more impressions of our long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza as we continue to familiarize ourselves with this fun and spirited compact offering.

Right from initial glance, you have to admit the Impreza is a handsome vehicle. It's not the most stylish in the class, but you get the feeling it won't simply look dated in a few years. Subaru has done a good job keeping its overall design objective simple while still giving the vehicle attractive styling cues to set it apart from others. Our Sport trim comes with stylish 18-inch wheels and a rear wing that bring an extra dose of attention to the vehicle.

The interior is much improved from the previous generation. The seat material is good-quality and doesn't look as though it belongs in the rental fleet. But the seat design did receive a complaint from one of our passengers, who said it felt narrow. And we thought the seating felt a little flat and slightly uncomfortable. But this cabin excels when it comes to quietness. There isn't much interior noise. It's obvious Subaru upgraded the sound insulation in the vehicle.

The updated Impreza comes on a new platform, which stretches the car out and widens the track over the previous generation. You can feel the sportiness and stability when driving around curves.

As far as fuel economy goes, one staffer averaged 36 miles per gallon on the highway on a drive from Savannah to Atlanta. One feature we find very valuable is adaptive cruise control -- it just makes long trips more enjoyable. The adaptive cruise control in the Impreza is one of the best we've experienced. It's smooth when matching a slower car's speed and accelerates fairly quickly on its own when passing. It doesn't really require the driver to step on the gas to go around someone.

In heavy traffic and city driving, the CVT transmission is a bit jerky, particularly when downshifting. As great as the CVT was in the Legacy, the one in the Impreza isn't as smooth.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is clearly a solid vehicle to drive, with an updated interior over the previous generation. We have a hunch this vehicle should be considered one of the top in its class, but we'll spend a little more time with it before making that conclusion. Stay tuned.

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