Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2017 Subaru Impreza review.
While previous Subaru models touted durability as an excuse for simple, uninspiring interiors and relatively dull driving experiences, the brand is no longer making such excuses. Subaru models still feel durable, but the latest Impreza and Legacy prove that a Subaru can also be stylish, classy and technologically advanced — the latter clearly demonstrated by the brand’s excellent EyeSight system of safety features. Our editor Dwight says the 2017 Subaru Impreza "has moved into the top three compact sedans" with its latest redesign, while further touting the excellent revised interior. Brian, our executive editor, called it "quieter and more substantial" than its predecessor, while noting that "It’s so much fun to drive," a mean feat considering its reasonable starting price of just $19,400 with shipping. He also called it "one of the best compact sedans available, second only to the redesigned Honda Civic." But the Impreza is available as both a 5-door hatchback and a sedan, and all-wheel drive is standard, something other small cars generally don’t even offer. No matter how you look at it, the 2017 Subaru Impreza has an edge on the competition, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it made its way onto our list of Must Test Drive vehicles for 2017.