2017 Subaru Impreza: New platform, same disappointment

No doubt the new Subaru Impreza will be a fine car and sell by the bucket load, but sadly the new Impreza looks very little like its concept previews.

The new fifth generation Subaru Impreza sedan and hatch are the first cars to use the new Subaru Global Platform, which will be used in the next generation Legacy, Forester, WRX and the upcoming three-row SUV. Basically anything that’s sold outside of Japan.

Rigidity is said to be 70 percent better than the outgoing Impreza. The new Impreza is bigger in every measure, except height, with the roof now 0.4 inches (10mm) closer to the ground.

Under the hood, the new US market Impreza is powered by a 2-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that now has direct injection. Power is up to 152hp (113kW) from last generation’s 148hp (110kW).

In the US, the Impreza is only available with AWD and a Lineartronic CVT with a 7-speed manual mode. Wheels range from 16- to 18-inch depending on the model.

Available tech includes active torque vectoring, an 8-inch touchscreen, Harman/Kardon premium sound system, EyeSight with adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, steering responsive headlights, and automatic high beams.


Length (sedan): 4,625mm (+41mm) | 182.1 inch (+1.6 inch)
Length (sedan): 4,460mm (+41mm) | 175.6 inch (+1.6 inch)
Width: 1,778mm (+38mm) | 70 inches (+1.5 inch)
Height: 1,455mm (-10mm) | 57.3 inches (-0.4 inch)
Wheelbase: 2,670mm (+25mm) | 105.1 inches (+1 inch)