New 2017 Subaru Impreza Adds Trim, Bumps Price

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2017 Subaru Impreza

CARS.COM — Subaru's redesigned 2017 Impreza will start at $19,215 for the 2.0i sedan with a five-speed manual transmission, up $125 from 2016, including a $25 increase in the destination fee to $820.

The entry 2.0i hatchback will start at $19,715 (all prices include a destination fee). Adding the continuously variable automatic transmission tacks on $1,000 to either model. All Imprezas come with a 152-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Highway fuel-economy ratings are up 1 to 3 miles per gallon, depending on the model. Automatic-transmission models will be at dealers late this year; those with manuals will arrive in early 2017, Subaru says.

Related: 2017 Subaru Impreza: First Look

The new Impreza was unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show in March. The new version is a bit sleeker-looking and just slightly longer, wide and lower than the 2016. It also features an upgraded interior and technology, and the four-cylinder engine gains 4 hp.

The revised 2017 trim lineup includes four levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, a new 2.0i Sport and 2.0i Limited. The base 2.0i includes a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

Moving up to 2.0i Premium, which starts at $22,015 for the sedan and $22,515 for the hatchback, adds a standard CVT, Subaru Starlink emergency connectivity services, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and heated front seats, heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. The hatch version gets standard roof rails, which are not available on base 2.0i models or the Sport hatch. Optional features include Subaru's EyeSight system of safety technology that adds collision prevention with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Blind spot detection, lane keeping assist, rear automatic braking and rear cross-traffic alert also are available. While the 2017 is not yet crash-tested, the 2016 Impreza was an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus when equipped with the EyeSight system.

Next up is the new Sport trim, starting with a five-speed manual at $22,815 for the sedan and $23,315 for the hatch; add $800 for the CVT on either one. It has the most clearly new styling, with its own side rocker panels, black-finish grille and cladding under the rear bumper, rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Sport's black interior gets an upgraded multimedia system with 8-inch display and red accent stitching on the cloth seats, door panels, dashboard and shifter. The Sport also includes a sport-tuned suspension, active torque vectoring for the all-wheel drive and a paddle-shifter manual mode for the CVT with seven preset ratios. A new Harman Kardon premium audio system is an option.

Topping the line is the Limited trim with a standard CVT with manual mode, starting at $24,915 for the sedan and $25,415 for the hatchback. The Limited adds such upscale exterior cues as LED headlights as well as daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and more chrome trim. The interior is trimmed in leather, including the seats, steering wheel and shifter. It also gets Impreza's first six-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control and the 8-inch multimedia system. Available is Harman Kardon premium audio and navigation powered by TomTom.

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D.C. Bureau Chief Fred Meier, who lives every day with Washington gridlock, has an un-American love of small wagons and hatchbacks.  Email Fred

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