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2017 Subaru Impreza: Size and Transmission

One thing I’ve come to appreciate about our long-term 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport is its size. It’s not too large, nor is it very small. It’s easy to park in tight spaces and, due to its size, can be parked in spaces marked for compact cars. There’s plenty of legroom up front, but taller passengers riding in back may balk at the amount of legroom. The trunk space at best can be described as adequate. There’s room for a couple of roller bags and two or three small overnight-sized bags.

The 2.0-liter engine is adequate for a car of its size. With only 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, it can sometimes feel underpowered in city driving. Out on the open road, once you’re up to highway speed, the engine is spirited enough for passing and maneuvering around slower traffic. However, one good thing about the engine is that it’s fairly quiet in city and highway driving.

My main gripe about the Impreza Sport is the CVT transmission. In heavy, stop-and-go traffic, it downshifts fairly roughly. And sometimes when passing or under hard acceleration, it can be slow to react. I had hoped after the car’s break-in period this would cease, but so far it has not.

I’ve averaged a respectable 27 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. That’s not too bad, considering the Impreza Sport is all-wheel drive with an automatic transmission.

Overall, I really do enjoy driving the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport. We’ve racked up just under 4,300 miles in the time we’ve had it. We’ve also had no mechanical issues with it in the time we’ve had it. It’s been a solid performer with the exception of the quirky CVT transmission. Find a 2017 Subaru Impreza for sale

Check out our 2017 Subaru Impreza New Car Review


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