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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 shame.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2002
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2002. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
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 shame.

This redesign should be a harbinger of things to come since it's based on an entirely new platform, one that will underpin many upcoming Subarus, including the next-generation Crosstrek and Forester.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (152 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Vehicle has been recalled for Engine Control Module (ECM) faulty programming. Dealer estimates re-programming to take about half an hour; warranty repair”

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall notice”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH THE SOFTWARE FOR IT WHICH RESULTED IN A RECALL BY SUBARU”

Michael S., PA (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“software update required to fix; was subject to recall”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall by Subaru in process”

Michael T., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall was issued for this problem. Needed a software update .did not take long to fix”

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera occasionally goes "dark"...then works again later. The car was recalled and an update was performed, but the camera went dark the other day. The recall did fix one issue with the radio not maintaining preset FM stations”

Roger H., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Camera froze”

Anonymous, AR (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Did not personally have this problem, but responded to a recall”

Allan D., VA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Software problem repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, AK (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“got two recalls. Not yet repaired”

Eric S., QC (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a major recall on the backup camera software. The system would freeze, or at times just go completely blank and require that the car be re-started. The SW update they released seems to have fixed this issue. In addition, there is always a static/fart sound over the speakers when putting the car into reverse and the backup camera turning on. That has not been resolved”

Brian S., PA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This problem was addressed in a recall but in order to unfreeze the screen, the car had to be turned off for more than a few seconds or the screen was frozen and nothing was available to work... radio, phone GPS, etc”

Anonymous, WI (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall”

Stephen G., PA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a recall that involved the software for the backup camera. The backup camera display froze”

Anonymous, NM (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes the camera wouldn't display. The car was recalled for this problem. Service installed a software upgrade during a 45 minute service call”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“software recall”

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“I purchased the car in February 2017. So far I've received 3 recall notices for software glitches. I have not received a recall notice for the screen "freezing" software glitch. When I take it for an oil change, service will put me in a rental and keep the car until the problem is resolved”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The system froze at 300kms. I had to pull the fuse to reset it, to make it functional. The dealer reports new firmware will fix it permanently, but it's not available yet”

Gregory F., ON (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Unable to make any changes to screen or functions. Entire in-dash unit replaced before receiving a recall notice for a software upgrade”

James H., NC (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The screen froze up and I had no control of the audio level or any other infotainment features. This lasted several hours but eventually went away,”

Justin S., NC (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“when putting the gear selector in reverse, the screen freezes or goes blank. It was fixed on a Subaru recall”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera freezes up- subaru has since called me with a recall and repaired it”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“screen froze using backup camera. Fixed with new software”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I didn't experience this, but another driver. It was the subject of a recall”

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“STARLINK system froze and required shutting off the car for over 10 min to fully reboot”

Sean Lee L., WA (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Touch screen froze but unlocked itself after shutting off vehicle for a while. Dealer addressed related recall and updated software, seems to be OK now”

Jeff P., NY (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Will occasionally freeze/lock up with Apple CarPlay (iphone 7). When it locks up car must be turned off for some time prior to system coming back on line. Will freeze/lockup on different screens and leave the radio volume/station locked along with the backup camera inaccessible”

Scott S., MI (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Date/time could not be set manually”

John C., VA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Software for the display can infrequently lock up. Software fixes do not seem to work but owners can turn the car off for two to three minutes and the infrequent problem is solved and the screen normalizes”

K A., OH (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Twice in 229 miles the display showing the warning not to read the display while driving FREEZES. It reboots correctly after the 5th or 6th time the engine is restarted”

Gary M., CO (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“After about an hour and a half of use the Infosystem would shut down and then cycle on and off until you turned off the car and diconnected the battery”

Scott S., MT (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The screen froze up 2-3 times, but Subaru made an upgrade to their software and the problem seems to have gone away”

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“computer problem with the camera system. Fixed by the dealor thru a recall”

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“For no apparent reason and at random times, the display screen has gone blank. We have had at least one firmware upgrade for the multimedia system applied at the dealer and hope this will resolve the issue permanently”

Anonymous, NC (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“System would stop working. Took several trips to the dealer for a fix but it is working now”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It goes blank when selecting reverse”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen would go blank but this was fixed with a software upgrade”

Anonymous, NB (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera goes "dark" with just the guide lines showing. It did appear to happen on a hot California day. It happened after the car had gotten a factory recall for that very issue”

Roger H., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When screen went black none of the safety feature,radio GPS were operational”

James L., VA (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Overall, the media interface is erratic, slow, and inconsistent. USB connections drop when the car is shut off, the radio starts playing. The radio always plays when the car is turned on, even if USB, Android Auto, or Bluetooth were playing when the car was last turned off. USB Media drive takes a very, very long time to become ready, even compared to my 2013 VW Golf. The display lags, though their recent firmware update helped with this slightly. Unable to adjust the volume while in reverse! P”

Brian S., PA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes I have to plug and unplug my phone to get the interface to function. The interface seems to "get confused" depending on whether the phone was plugged in or not prior to turning on the ignition”

Anonymous, WI (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the bluetooth music system is erratic. it will just stop and i have no idea how to get it to restart. secondly, no matter if i turn the media/radio off when i leave the car, it comes on automatically when i restart the car”

Tom R., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Defaults to automatically sending phone calls to the in-car system. To make a private call requires a manual over-ride”

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“System occasionally loses my phone info between trips. Have to reconnect from the start”

James H., NC (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“COULD NOT PRORAM ..NEEDED DEALER HELP AND THEY AND THEY HAD PROBLEMS SOLV ING PROBLEM”

Char F., WA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Unconnected during recall repairs”

Stephen G., PA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Using Android auto and it's great 99% of the time, but once in a while it doesn't connect correctly and won't work until the car has been turned off and on again”

Lars B., NY (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Even though it is paired to my iPhone, I must plug the iPhone in to a USB port in order to use the Maps function”

John C., VA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Didn't come with navigation; a surprise. Wouldn't pair with mobile phone for navigation. Info screen replaced by dealer. Replacement screen wouldn't run Android Auto app”

Mark M., MA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“AM Radio "pops and clicks"”

Michael T., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor reception for some FM stations which are strong in my Outback. Also loses stations that have been locked in”

Anonymous, NS (2017 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio turns on when the car is started even though it was turned off previously”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone was loaded and I could access functions through the touch pad but not by voice commands. A service call was required to resolve this. The problem was resolved after one service call”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

“It has reset three time in the four months I've had it. It's a hassle to reset, so this has been annoying”

Laurel R., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Waring lights indicating there is a probelm with the LED Steering Responsive Headlights system go off in the driver display. The headlights work, but the reaponsive system has a glitch in it. The dealership has been unable to resolve the issue. The probelm started within a month of ownership, 2/25/17. The problem has yet to be resolved. The constant blinking warning light in the driver display is the most annoying part. Or maybe the most annoying part is the lack of resolution from the dealershi”

Lee W., CA (2017 Subaru Impreza Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The running light on the driver's side burned out”

Anonymous, IN (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“a reprogramming is necessary”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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