Subaru Impreza Road Test
The redesigned 2017 Impreza compact has more available safety equipment and a roomier interior. Still available in both sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, the Impreza continues to feature standard all-wheel drive. The new platform, with its longer wheelbase and wider cabin, should improve stability and ride comfort while aiding noise suppression. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission or five-speed manual gearbox. High trim lines feature a "manual mode" with paddle shifters that allow the driver to override the transmission through seven pre-set ratios. Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced safety gear is available.
All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.
Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.