Safe, Reliable, Comfortable and Refined
July 6, 2018
I was a bit nervous buying the first model year of the new 2017 Impreza, but now more than one year later I am very happy with my purchase of a loaded Limited sedan. Like some other owners, I had initial issues with bugs in the head unit, but they were fixed with a software update. Otherwise, I have not had a single problem. The Limited with EyeSight, upgraded audio, leather, moon roof, and other creature comforts make this an entry-level luxury sedan hiding inside a Subaru badge. The car is solidly built, has a quiet, secure, and fairly refined ride, gives the owner just about every bell and whistle they could ask for, and is chock-full of safety features that exceed those of fancy German sedans twice the price. Personally, I also think the sedan is quite good looking in the lapis blue pearl (even if it shows dust quickly!).
I get about 39 MPG highway and 28 in mixed city driving in this sedan (which gets slightly better mileage than the hatch)-- matching the sticker and great for an AWD car running on regular unleaded. The CVT takes a little getting used to, but the simulated gears under heavy acceleration and paddle shifters make it quite easy to live with...and it's much better than CVTs of yore. The handling is excellent, with an almost sporty road feel but quiet in the cabin, though the fairly modest engine power keeps the car from being a speed demon. The engine can be a little noisy with the peddle down, but otherwise is unobtrusive.
My favorite features include the adaptive cruise control (don't know how I managed without it), the LED adaptive headlights, rear cross-traffic alert (handy in parking lots), and the surprisingly good upgraded audio system (with Apple CarPlay, which is nice). I think the all-options Limited trim is worth the money over time-- it really gives you everything but the kitchen sink. I don't use the navigation much because I use the phone with CarPlay, but it is nice when I don't feel like plugging the phone in and just want a quick look at traffic or where I'm at.
I wanted to write this review after seeing some others complain about initial quality issues and lack of power. My sense from talking to other owners is that most of the initial quality problems were software-related with the head unit , and are now resolved with the updates. As far as the engine goes, this car is not a WRX but has perfectly adequate power for the rest of us mortals trying to merge on freeways and go up hills.
If you've never experienced the new-platform Impreza or the EyesSight and other safety features, I definitely recommend a test drive. I always stuck to German or other Japanese brands before I purchased this car, but now I'm one of the Subaru converted.