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2017 Subaru Impreza Walk Around


Slightly longer and wider than before, the 2017 Impreza is sleeker and more sculpted in shape, though not dramatically modified. A lower nose contains a version of Subaru’s familiar hexagonal grille. Compared to its somewhat blocky, upright predecessor, the reworked model looks more fashionable, but no less straightforward and sensibly functional.

Headlights sweep back more noticeably. Accent lines highlight the shapely, flowing bodysides. Unlike some rivals, the front overhang is relatively long.

Interior

Despite improvements for 2017, upholstery materials and trim might still score no higher than average in quality, and short on style. Yet, the Impreza’s cabin looks less basic than before, and more expressive in theme.

Dashboards have added soft-touch surfaces with improved feel. Widening the console translates to a sense of greater space. Two-tone upholstery in upper trim levels can make the interior seem lighter.

Audio and climate controls are simple and intuitive. Instrument clusters and the touchscreen incorporate beveled-edge, rectangular shapes. A hooded auxiliary display sits at the dashboard center, just below the windshield base. Subaru’s basic infotainment system is impressive.

Eminently practical compared to many compacts, Subaru’s smaller model promises quiet comfort for four adults. Most passengers will be comfortable up front. A lever can raise the driver’s seat on most versions.

Back-seat headroom is sufficient, but not expansive. Because Subaru widened the door openings, getting into and out of the rear compartment is easier than before.

Five-door hatchbacks offer greater versatility and considerably more space, with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo volume (55.3 cubic feet with back seats folded). Sedan trunks are smaller than average, totaling only 12.3 cubic feet.

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