The Impreza has always been a smart, practical choice. Thanks to competitive fuel economy and a redesign that addressed its few deficiencies, the 2017 model is now our top-rated compact sedan.

It’s surprisingly roomy and has good 360-degree visibility. Consider getting the optional leather seats with their variety of power adjustments; the base cloth ones are flat and provide only so-so comfort. The rear seats are spacious enough for two adults to settle in without competing for room. The control layout is uncluttered and the infotainment system is easy to use. Subaru employed various measures to lessen wind and road noise in the cabin, and the work has paid off. Engine noise is noticeable only at high revs.

Subaru’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gets the job done, although acceleration is a bit tepid. Considering that the Impreza has standard all-wheel drive, its 30 mpg overall is impressive for being on par with lighter front-drive models.

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The Impreza delivers an unbeatable combination of responsive, sure-footed handling and a smooth ride. It’s one of the most comfortable-riding compact cars; road bumps are absorbed with the grace of cars costing twice as much.

All Imprezas, except the base version, offer the EyeSight safety system, which includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot warning is optional, packaged along with EyeSight.

Read the complete Subaru Impreza road test.

2017 Subaru Impreza

HIGHS: Ride, braking, fuel economy, roomy interior, controls
LOWS: Front-seat comfort
POWERTRAIN: 152-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 30 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $23,410

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.