Review and Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

By Paul Riegler on 7 May 2017
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Although it probably wasn’t on your radar back then, the Subaru Impreza made its debut in its home market of Japan in 1992. It was reportedly almost called the Loyale but Impreza sounds better, don’t you think?

The all-new 2017 Impreza – the fifth generation of the model – was introduced at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and went on sale in the fall of that year. The new Impreza is the first model to be built on the Subaru Global Platform, which the automaker will use for all future models as well.

First a brief look at the Subaru Global Platform: Subaru says that the SGP has far greater rigidity (70% to 100%) compared to the outgoing model as well as a lower center of gravity. The Impreza is longer and wider than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase, which resulted in improved front- and rear-seat legroom. The Impreza boasts other firsts as well: it’s the first Japanese vehicle to offer a pedestrian protection airbag as standard although that feature is not available in the United States.

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DRIVING THE 2017 SUBARU IMPREZA

Our Impreza, in Lapis Blue, caused staffers to do a double take upon its arrival at FBT headquarters. What impressed (no pun intended) was a Subaru Impreza with far more panache than we’ve seen before. The exterior has moved away from boring to interesting. More significantly, the interior has moved from bare bones towards the plush, with more soft-touch materials, stitched accents, and supportive seats.

Subaru’s bywords have long been sensible, practical, and safe. Given the addition of its EyeSight suite of driver assistance technologies, including blind-spot detection, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking, this is one of the safest Subarus on the market. Overall visibility from the driver’s seat was quite good. Pillars are thin and a back-up camera is standard.

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