The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes in two different body styles for 2017, a hatchback and a sedan. No matter the body style however, power comes from a direct injected 2.0L flat-four engine making 152 horsepower. Power is sent to all four wheels via either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic. Either way, the Impreza will make an ideal companion for trips into the mountains, where snowy weather is no problem for its all-wheel drive system, which automatically seeks out and send power to the wheels that need it the most.
The Impreza comes in four different trim levels, with both body styles available every step of the way. Trim levels are 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport and 2.0i Limited.
The base 2.0i trim still comes relatively well equipped from the factory. Standard features across the entire Impreza line include power windows and side mirrors, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a locking glovebox, a 6.5-inch multimedia display and a rearview camera.
The Premium trim comes standard with a CVT, boosting fuel economy to 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway in the sedan, though the less aerodynamic hatchback gets only 37 mpg on the highway. Beyond the trick transmission, the Premium trim also adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors and front seats, automatic headlights and a nicer sound system with more speakers.
The Sport Trim aims to bring a little bit of fun to the Impreza lineup, and as such it does away with the CVT as standard, though that transmission is still available should buyers want it. The biggest trick up the Sport Trim's sleeve is an active torque vectoring system which works in conjunction with stability control to actively improve the car's handling, at times braking an inside wheel mid corner to help the car turn in. Further aiding handling, are the Sport's wider tires and 18-inch wheels. The sport also gets unique side skirts, mirror mounted turn signals, a spoiler, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, along with unique upholstery. Keyless access and a bigger 8-inch multimedia display round out the features that come standard on the Sport.
Top of the line Limited Imprezas come standard again with the CVT transmission along with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, chrome door handles, a power driver's seat, leather trimmed upholstery and an automatic climate control system.
The Subaru Impreza has been on sale in the US since 1993. In its quarter-century existence, it's been through five generations, with the most recent generation arriving for the 2017 model year.
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