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2017 Subaru Impreza: Visibility and Practicality

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Part of the reasoning behind a long-term vehicle test is that we experience virtually every aspect of the cars we test in order to let you know exactly how they perform, drive and behave in real-world situations. With that in mind, we're addressing the visibility and practicality of our 2017 Subaru Impreza long-termer, as those are two items that are highly important to many car shoppers.

In terms of visibility, the Impreza is impressive. One staffer, Ben Cheney, noted the car had "an amazingly good greenhouse" when he took it out for a quick drive, owing to its "low beltline, low dash and low hood." The sum total of all these things is that it makes it easy to see the road in front of you when you're driving the Impreza -- along with the sides and the rear. As Ben mentioned, "High beltlines in many newer vehicles are among my biggest pet peeves" -- an opinion shared by most of our staff, as high beltlines rob visibility and contribute to a claustrophobic interior atmosphere.

On the subject of visibility, Ben also mentioned he likes the Impreza's standard backup camera, which uses the car's entire 8-inch display screen, giving you a good idea of what's behind you. "The only visibility hindrance is from the Sport's trunk-mounted wing," notes Ben -- and it doesn't hinder visibility as much as some rear wings.

Another important item: practicality. A fellow staffer, Dwight Cunningham, noticed the Impreza's cargo area is "deep and wide" compared to that of a Volkswagen Golf we recently tested -- and that the foldable rear seats provide ample storage space. "It's not the largest in the compact class," noted Dwight. But the cargo area is versatile, spacious and low to the ground, which makes for easy access.

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