Subaru's all-new 2017 Impreza adds more bang for barely any buck

The price bump grows once you move up to the Limited or Sport trims, though.

It also won't melt in the rain, as evidenced in this picture. That's a good thing, right?

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Cars may cost more to make in the US, but Subaru's all-new 2017 Impreza is barely more expensive than the model it replaces despite moving production to the US for the first time.

The base 2017 Impreza 2.0i starts at $18,395, which is just $100 more than the 2016 model. You get a bit more kit than before, too, including a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

That price assumes a five-speed manual transmission -- if you want the CVT, add $1,000 to the base price. It also assumes the four-door sedan body style. If you're interested in the extra space of the hatchback, add just $500 to the window sticker. No matter what trim or body style you opt for, the sole available engine is a 152-horsepower flat four.

The $100 price bump also applies to the $21,195 Premium sedan, which does not offer a manual transmission but includes nicer wheels, heated seats and mirrors and additional options like Subaru's EyeSight driver-assistance suite.

The only other trim that offers a manual is the Impreza Sport, which starts at $21,995 and is available in both sedan and hatch body styles. The Sport comes with unique styling touches and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, as well as keyless access and push-button start (with the CVT only). The Sport is nearly $1,000 more expensive than before, but it's been whittled down to a single trim, compared to the two Sport trims on the 2016.

The top-tier Limited trim has the largest price bump. At $24,095, it's a whopping $1,500 more expensive than before. But you do get more impressive standard equipment, including LED headlights and running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed interior and a whole bunch of chrome exterior accents.

CVT models go on sale later this year, with manual variants to follow in early 2017.

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