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2017 Subaru Impreza: Big Hit, Little Miss

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author photo by Brian Moody July 2017

I've been driving the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport sedan for about 3 weeks now. I have to say, it's such an interesting combination of "Awesome!" and "Huh...?"

Sporty

Let me explain. There's something about this new 2017 Subaru Impreza (especially the Sport version) that seems almost impossible -- I read the spec sheet, I know the price and the options, and there are even things I don't like about it. And yet ... there's something more than facts and figures can communicate. Like very few other cars, this new Impreza Sport has spirit or vibe that's so much more than it really should be given what's true mechanically. It's just fun. It's a car that makes you want to drive it more and more.

Yes, the sportier (versus the normal) suspension does add to the feel, and the torque-vectoring all-wheel drive means cornering is precise. But the car isn't overly powerful. Yet somehow, it's so very endearing.

Tech

Including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a brilliant move. A car like the Impreza -- or, really, any Subaru -- should have this feature. It's easy to use and gives the car an ease of use I wish more cars had.

However, one of the "Huh?" moments has to do with the CarPlay and Starlink systems, which net so many positive benefits. When using CarPlay -- say, listening to saved music on my phone or playing Pandora -- all is right with the world. Then, when I get where I'm going and turn the car off, the car automatically kills the music from the phone and switches to the radio. Granted, I'm only sitting there for a few seconds before I get out, but it's irritating, especially in a car where it feels like a LOT of attention was paid to the infotainment system.

Another one of those little things involves the HomeLink system -- that's the mirror-mounted button that allows the owner to save their garage or gate remote signal in the car so they don't have to carry around that annoying little remote, or clip it to the sun visor. Excellent feature -- thank you, Subaru. However, the feature does not work unless the car is on. So I'm sitting in the car early in the morning, and I have to start the car inside my closed garage before the HomeLink will work. It's not a big deal, but just one of those little things.

Neither of these things would keep me from buying this car or recommending it. The positives FAR outweigh the negatives. It's like 90 percent "Awesome!" and 10 percent "Huh?"

When I'm behind the wheel of this car, there's a feeling of confidence -- confidence in the tech, the handling, the all-wheel drive ... it just feels like a car that can handle any situation and mange to be a lot of fun at the same time. Anyone considering a Mazda3, VW Golf or Ford Focus should drive the new Impreza before making a final decision.

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