Completely revamped for 2017, the Subaru Impreza returns in sedan and hatchback form in a svelte new suit. Beyond a fresh exterior that signals Subaru's latest design language, the 2017 Impreza is slightly larger than the outgoing model, which translates to more interior room. What hasn't changed is its status as resale champion among compact cars, now marking its fourth year in a row.
Under the skin, significant improvements have been made to ride quality and sound isolation, making the new Impreza quieter than the outgoing model and more dynamically pleasing. New technology and safety/driving aids are also in the offering. In the former category, this Impreza marks the first Subaru to boast Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, while the latter brings features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Of course, this wouldn't be a Subaru without the brand's signature all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. The Impreza is among the few compact cars to offer AWD, and the only model to have it standard, be it a base model with a 5-speed manual transmission or leather-lined Limited with a fuel-efficient CVT automatic. The enhanced grip enabled by AWD, combined with Subaru's advanced "symmetrical" system of putting power to the wheels with the most traction, has made this model a favorite in cold-weather states and regions where foul weather is a part of life.
Despite its sleek, all-new status, the 2017 Subaru Impreza has seen only a marginal price increase. Starting at $19,215, the Impreza remains the least expensive car you can buy with all-wheel drive. Combined with its class-leading way of fighting depreciation, the latest Impreza can again add "excellent value" to its list of virtues.