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2017 Subaru Impreza: Measuring Up

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author photo by Brian Moody August 2017

After living with the redesigned 2017 Subaru Impreza for a few months now, we can honestly say it's one of the best compact sedans you can get. The Sport trim level we have can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning and correction for about $26,000. But where does the new Impreza line up compared to other small sedans? It's a firm number 2. The Subaru Impreza is fundamentally a better car than the current 2017 Ford Focus, 2017 Toyota Corolla, 2017 Chevy Cruze and 2017 Nissan Sentra.

Based on driving dynamics, price/value, interior quality and available tech features, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is second only to the Honda Civic, but it's a very close second. And the two cars are surprisingly similar: Both have a pricier high-performance version and both have compelling safety and tech features that might get you to rethink a midsize sedan purchase. The one thing that really stands out about the Civic is that it feels larger inside. The Civic has an extra inch between the wheels and a little extra width compared to the Impreza. Then again, the Impreza has all-wheel drive. Which is more important? Kinda depends on what you want in a compact sedan. Snowbelt shoppers will likely want the Impreza. However, we're finding out that the Sport sedan's appeal goes well beyond handling inclement weather.

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