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Whether in sedan or hatchback body style, the Impreza is our top ranking compact car. It may be a no-nonsense type of car, but it does just about everything well. It rides very comfortably, swallowing bumps some more expensive cars struggle with. The car is fairly quiet although the familiar engine thrum is still there. It tackles corners responsively and remains secure even when pushed. The brakes are excellent. Standard all-wheel-drive and the optional EyeSight suite of advanced safety features bring added peace of mind. Although not a speed demon, the engine and transmission do the job and the car attained a commendable 30 mpg overall. Controls are very intuitive with an easy to use touchscreen for the infotainment system. Too bad the driver seat has no adjustable lumbar support.

Road Test

Subaru knocks it out of the park with its redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback -- now the top-rated car in the compact class. The Impreza impresses us most with its roominess, user-friendliness, and ride comfort that puts some luxury cars to s...

Highs

  • Comfortable ride
  • Relatively roomy interior

Lows

  • Some engine noise
  • Driver's seat lacks lumbar support

Best Version to Get

Most buyers will step up to the mid-grade Impreza Premium, which adds alloy wheels and heated front seats. We would add the option package with blind-spot monitoring and EyeSight. Opting for the upscale Sport gets you 18-inch wheels, a bigger touch screen, and nicer interior trim. The top-shelf L...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (152 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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