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Executive Summary

The 2017 Imprezas are arriving now at Planet Subaru for immediate delivery. 

Expect some big changes...the 2017 Impreza grew slightly in size, rides on an all-new platform, and enjoys better fuel economy, up to 38 mpg highway on the sedan with automatic transmission.  Though the new Impreza bears a resemblance to the previous version, nearly everything is new and improved.  The handling is particularly noteworthy...sports car reflexes with a comfortable ride. 

Subaru is producing the 2017 Impreza for the first time at its sole US plant in Lafayette, Indiana.

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Changes and updates to Impreza: 2017


2017 Impreza gets Eyesight upgrades 

which include the addition of Lane Keep Assist (to nudge you back into your lane), Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, steering responsive headlights, and High Beam Assist.  2017 Impreza also gets optional automatic braking when backing up if an obstacle is detected.

 Eyesight cameras.

Steering responsive LED headlights

Blind spot detection

Eyesight is an optional suite of driver assistance technologies that includes adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking. 

2017 Impreza gets first steering-responsive headlights ever offered on an Impreza. 

Detected by radar, a light in mirror housings illuminates when another vehicle is in your blind spot.  On other Subaru models, this light is a less conspicuous spot in the mirror glass itself.

Displacement remains at 2.0 liters but output and fuel economy improve.
Ratings below are for auto transmission models.

City Highway
2.0i Sedan
28 38
2.0i Sport Sedan 27 36
2.0i 5-Door
28 37
2.0i Sport 5-Door 27 35

Horsepower increases to 152 from 148.

Interior moves upscale.
New infotainment system offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that interface with Subaru's Starlink system.  Power seat is available for the first time on an Impreza, as is harmon/kardan audio.




Infotainment system incorporates the Rear Vision Camera and integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod® control capability and iTunes® Tagging capability, USB port and aux. input jack. 
Subaru debuts global architecture.
The 2017 Impreza is the first model to ride on Subaru's common platform which will eventually underpin nearly all of Subaru's vehicles.  Using one platform reduces development time and cost. 

Also known as a chassis, a platform is the basic architecture of a vehicle.  Obviously an Outback needs a bigger frame than an Impreza, but many of the vehicles will share more modular components than in the past, when Subaru had to start from scratch to build a new vehicle. 

2017 Impreza grows slightly in size:
            Wheelbase:   105.1 inches: + 1 inch
           Length:          182.1 inches: + 1.6 inches
           Width:            70 inches: + 1.5 inches
           Height:           57.3 inches: - .4 inches 

The only dimension that decreases slightly is height, for better aerodynamics, and this won't affect ground clearance. 

2017 Impreza is the first Impreza manufactured stateside. 
Since debuting in 1993, Subaru has built every previous Impreza in Japan. 

With a factory expansion at its sole North American plant, Subaru will begin producing the 2017 Impreza in the United States for the first time.  Currently, Subaru manufactures only Legacy and Outback in Indiana.


Pricing increased by only $100 on base model. 
See 2017 Impreza models and pricing.


t's remarkable that Subaru can continue, year after year, to include more and more equipment with price increases that don't even match inflation. 

 Paint and Interior options:

Trim Levels and what you get with each:

Take a deep dive for much more info on the 2017 Impreza...

The Impreza debuts the new Subaru Global Platform that is designed to deliver significantly higher levels of driving engagement, interior refinement, crash protection and ride comfort. As with previous generations, every Impreza is equipped standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a SUBARU BOXER® engine. Pricing begins just $100 over previous model year at $18,395.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be offered in four trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Sport and 2.0i Limited when it arrives at Subaru retailers. Models equipped with Subaru's Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission will arrive late 2016 while 5-speed manual models will be available in early 2017.
The 2.0i starts with an extensive roster of standard features including a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more.
The $21,195  Premium trim adds SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security features, 16-inch alloy wheels, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer, and heated exterior mirrors as well as automatic headlights. Premium 5-door Imprezas also feature standard roof rails (not available on 2.0i or 5-door Impreza 2.0i Sport). Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including a power moonroof and driver assist technology systems.

The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the SUBARU BOXER® engine; Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD); and EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, represent the brand's core technologies and constitutes the basic foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles. Impreza's new platform incorporates a redesigned structure with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between sections to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration, and harshness to a degree not seen in the compact class. Specifically, the new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent.

Taking full advantage of the new stiffer platform and more powerful engine, the Impreza 2.0i Sport, available in sedan and 5-door, delivers a more fun-to-drive performance feel thanks to exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring. Subaru aimed for a new ride/handling balance benchmark in the compact segment. Sport models are priced from $21,995.
Exclusive exterior styling and features setting the Impreza Sport apart include standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels, and turn signal side mirrors. The Impreza Sport 5-Door features gloss black rear gate trim, while the Sport Sedan has a rear trunk spoiler. Inside the Sport, unique black cloth upholstery is trimmed with red stitching, a motif that repeats for the steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panel, and door trim. The instrument panel incorporates exclusive Sport gauges and a Multi-Function Display.
The Sport comes well equipped, with upgrades over the Impreza Premium that include the SUBARU STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia system, and a new Harman/Kardon® premium audio system is available. Keyless Access & Push-Button Start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, and a CVT shift boot round out the Sport's enhanced standard when equipped with CVT.
A revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152-hp vs. 148 before) and drivability. In highline trims, the Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios. The new Impreza continues to be one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive compact sedans in America offering up to 38mpg highway on CVT models. Manual transmission model and mpg will be available in early 2017.
Impreza Model City Highway Combined
2.0i Sedan CVT 28 38 32
2.0i Sport Sedan CVT 27 36 30
2.0i 5-Door CVT 28 37 31
2.0i Sport 5-Door 27 35 30

Subaru designed the 2017 Impreza to provide even higher levels of safety than the outgoing model, which was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (when equipped with available EyeSight). The new platform underpinning the 2017 Impreza improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over present models.
The EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management and Lane Departure and Sway Warning.  Blind Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Also new are available Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. All 2017 Impreza models include, as standard equipment, front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag.
The 2017 Impreza adds additional driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear vision camera. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. A new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System can detect pressure drops at individual wheels.
Subaru has elevated the Limited trim for the 2017 Impreza into more luxurious territory. The exterior looks more upscale with LED headlights and distinctive "Konoji" LED daytime running lights (DRL) and standard 17-inch machine finished alloy wheels. Judicious use of exterior chrome trim and turn signal side mirrors add a touch of elegance. Limited trim Imprezas begin at $24,095.
The Limited's leather trimmed interior features contrast stitching on the door armrests and instrument panel, and the 6-way power driver's seat is the first ever in an Impreza. Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access & Push-Button Start and 8-inch STARLINK Multimedia audio unit. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new Harman/Kardon® premium audio is available in the Impreza for the first time. Models equipped with EyeSight also include High Beam Assist.  Lastly, the available navigation system now features maps provided by TomTom.
SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth® wireless capability, iPod® control, smartphone integration and more. The display screen acts as the display for the standard rear vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.
SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services comes with the Safety Plus package that offers SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and Diagnostic Alerts. This package can be upgraded to the Safety Plus & Security Plus package that adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
2.0i 5MT '01 $18,395       $19,215
2.0i CVT '01 $19,395 $20,215
2.0i Premium CVT 11,12,13,15 $21,195 $22,015
2.0i Sport 5MT 21,22 $21,995 $22,815
2.0i Sport CVT 21,22,23 $22,795 $23,615
2.0i Limited CVT 31,33,35 $24,095 $24,915
2.0i 5MT '01 $18,895 $19,715
2.0i CVT '01 $19,895 $20,715
2.0i Premium CVT 11,12,13,15 $21,695 $22,515
2.0i Sport 5MT 21,22 $22,495 $23,315
2.0i Sport CVT 21,22,23 $23,295 $24,115
2.0i Limited CVT 31,33,35 $24,595 $25,415

CODE 01   Standard Model   N/A
CODE 11   Premium Model N/A
CODE 12 Moonroof $1,000
CODE 13 EyeSight® +Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert +Steering Responsive Fog Lights $1,395
CODE 15 EyeSight® +Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert +Steering Responsive Fog Lights +Moonroof $2,395
CODE 21 Sport Model N/A
CODE 22 Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers $2,150
CODE 23 EyeSight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speaker $2,945
CODE 31 Limited Model N/A
CODE 33 EyeSight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert $2,495
CODE 35 EyeSight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Navigation +Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers $3,845
  Destination & Delivery is $820 and may vary in the following states:
CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. D&D is $970 for dealers in Alaska.

For serious Impreza junkies, see spy photos and early concept renderings...
Spy photos and concept information


Subaru of America has released no information about these spy photos of a hand-built test "mule."  Pipe dreamers and fanboy conspiracy theorists hope that this is a preview of the WRX hatchback.  (Yes it has a WRX nose, but nothing else we would expect to see on a WRX such as sport seats, an open hood scoop, dual exhaust, flared quarters, etc.).  We think this vehicle foreshadows the 2017 Impreza.  SOA has announced that they will begin producing the 2017 Impreza at its sole US plant in Lafayette, Indiana for the first time in 2016. 


They don't call them mules for nothing...while the production 2017 Impreza will be a pretty car, this homely testbed was built by by hand, with available parts off the shelf, and then intentionally disguised.  And what a mash up it is.  Front fascia and hood come from 2015 WRX, LED taillights and wheel arch moldings from Crosstrek Hybrid, some body parts from 2014 Impreza, wheels from a 2011 Impreza, and quarter panels we've never seen before.  By lining up these pictures with a current Impreza, it appears that the length and width grow slightly, by an inch or more.


Impreza Sedan and Hatch concepts
While these design exercises point the way to the production cars, the car you put in your driveway will vary significantly from the images you see here.  For example, don't expect these 19" wheels or futuristic exterior mirrors.  Think of these designs as an inspiration for the final version.



Imprezas through the years:

2017 and up

Based on a brand new chassis that will underpin most Subarus into the next decade, this Impreza can absorb 40% more crash energy than its predecessor.  Interior appointments and infotainment capabilities are comparable with much more expensive vehicles.  It's the first Impreza manufactured at Subaru's sole North American plant in Indiana.  More horsepower, more fuel economy, and more technology--including optional whizbang features such as steering-responsive headlights. 
2012 through 2016

Fuel economy leaped into the high 30s on the highway with the introduction of a continuously variable transmission and state-of-the-art 2.0 liter engine.  Seventh airbag, to protect driver's knees, becomes standard.  Though it officially remains a compact car, this generation offers interior space we have traditionally expected from mid-size cars.

2008 through 2011

Sales took off with this larger Impreza, built on a compact version of the platform from the larger Legacy sedan.  S
ix airbags became standard. 

2002 through 2007

After nine years with only modest updates, we were ready for a modern Impreza.  2002 and 2003 models arrived with controversial round headlights, but Subaru moved to a more conventional front end in 2004 (the hatchback pictured to the left is a 2007 model).  New standard features included side airbags, 2.5 liter engine, and even a CD player(!).  Size remained very compact, but Subaru modernized everything.  Interior materials improved along with ride quality and appearance. 


1993 through 2001

Subaru introduced the Impreza in 1993 in your choice of coupe, sedan, and hatchback.  All models came with a 2.2 liter Boxer engine, with front wheel drive or all wheel drive.  With small updates, Subaru produced the same car for nine years, which is long time in an industry predisposed to five year product cycles.  Subaru introduced the sporty RS model in 1998, the spiritual ancestor of the legendary WRX that would appear in 2002.  The Outback Sport, forerunner of the Crosstrek, debuted in 1996.

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