2017 Subaru Impreza: Monthly Update for Feb 2018
by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Even nonetheless it’s a shortest month of a year, Feb was a initial time in a prolonged time that a 2017 Subaru Impreza strike a 1,600-mile monthly aim we set for any automobile in a long-term fleet. In a seductiveness of full transparency, it was indeed 1,596 miles, nonetheless it’s tighten adequate that we’ll journey it a success. The Impreza was mostly used for travelling duties until a finish of a month, when editor Mark Takahashi took it on a highway outing and pennyless a long-standing fuel economy record.
Unfortunately, a Impreza is impending a finish of a reign in a long-term fleet, and it’s nowhere tighten to a 20,000-mile idea we set for any of a long-term cars. That’s a contrition given we’ve mostly used a Impreza for commuting, and a altogether fuel economy is good subsequent a 32 mpg total score. In fact, it’s a few mpg off a city score, too. We’re going to do a best to strike out a remaining 3,700 miles in March, so stay tuned for a crowd of road-trip impressions subsequent month.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Impreza strike a 1,600-mile monthly idea for usually a third time given it entered a fleet. At 25.6 mpg, monthly fuel economy was unimpressive, nonetheless it was rather improved than a altogether average. February’s normal was generally unsatisfactory given that Mark set a new best-fill record with 33.5 mpg. (The prior record stood during 32.6 mpg for 9 months.) We’ll fire for even improved formula in March.
Average lifetime mpg: 25.3
EPA mpg rating: 32 total (28 city/38 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 33.5
Best range: 364.1 miles
Current odometer: 16,313 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
“I took a Impreza in for a 15,000-mile service. After an oil change, tire revolution and ubiquitous inspection, we left $171 poorer. That enclosed $42 for 7 quarts of oil, $7 for an oil filter, about another $1.50 for a gasket, and $23 for a cabin atmosphere filter.
“Irvine Subaru finished a pursuit in 90 mins and charged us $91 for a labor. This all seems a bit abounding for a Subaru and, admittedly, maybe we didn’t need a cabin atmosphere filter (or maybe we did, given a ubiquitous atmosphere peculiarity we expostulate by any day). Had we declined that service, we could’ve shaved a few bucks off a bill. Regardless, a revisit was pleasing and fit (we’d called brazen for an appointment), so no complaints from a patron use angle.” — Dan Frio, staff writer
“I’ve figured out because a Impreza is so worried for me. As Brent remarkable months ago, I’m not a fan of a headrest, tighten footwell or chair (the front of a chair bottom doesn’t lift adequate for my liking). we beheld another fitment emanate while we gathering it final weekend.
“The pedals are situated distant too tighten to a driver, and it’s a vital problem for someone with prolonged legs like me. With a Impreza’s chair set as absolutely as it can be, usually a few inches of my thigh indeed hold a seat, with my knees high adult in a atmosphere and my ankle during a scarcely 90-degree angle when it’s resting on a accelerator, though indeed stepping on it. It’s not prolonged before my ankle starts hurting, creation a prolonged highway outing in a Impreza an impossibility.
“Even during 6-foot-4, we can fit in many cars. we indeed cite smaller vehicles and desired prior long-termers like a 2016 Mazda Miata and a 2014 Mini Cooper. we can find a good pushing position in roughly any compress car, with a difference of a Impreza. Even nonetheless we don’t like a powertrain, it’s a terrible pushing position that would put a spike in a coffin if we was a intensity buyer.” — Cameron Rogers, staff writer
“As others have noted, a Impreza is not a still car, during slightest during highway speeds. There’s breeze and highway noise, and it feels and sounds a bit hollow. More sound deadening in a firewall, doors and pillars — improved window seals — competence help. But afterwards you’re articulate some-more mass, some-more weight, and with usually 152 hp and 145 lb-ft torque, that’s something a Impreza can ill-afford. we consider Subaru found a right change between doing opening and refinement. After a few days with a car, we could balance out a noise.” — Dan Frio
“Slightly squandered event with this mobile phone tray area brazen of a rigging lever. Should be dual USB ports in there alongside a 12-volt energy point. It’s good that there are dual ports in a core console underneath a armrest to keep phones out of steer (out of mind, if we prefer). Those ports would still be useful for rear-seat passengers even if you’d need longer cables.” — Dan Frio
“There are several tiny things about a Impreza that, while not accurately annoyances, are reminders of where Subaru shaved a few dimes and pennies. Only one of a behind seatbacks has a pocket, for example. With dual kids in a behind seat, any maybe armed with a tablet, unstable game, book or magazine, are we going to put all that things in one seatback pocket? Buyers’ expectations are rising. When we dump some-more than $20,000 on a car, we shouldn’t feel like we bought a sheet on a bill airline.” — Dan Frio
“I unequivocally like a Impreza’s behind cross-path showing system. These systems are designed to advise a motorist of relocating objects behind a automobile while reversing, like when you’re subsidy out of a supermarket parking mark and another automobile is about to expostulate by your path. Oftentimes a alerts are shrill and overbearing, nonetheless a Impreza gives we a calm multiple of blinking lights on a rearview mirrors and a soothing nonetheless unrelenting beeping noise. It’s unfit to skip a warning, nonetheless we don’t find it irritating in a least. As a bonus, it also seems to work unequivocally well. Yesterday a parking attendant’s golf transport was coming while we was subsidy out in a association garage, and a complement alerted me before we saw a transport myself. Pretty cool.” — Josh Sadlier, comparison manager, calm strategy
“Three information displays in a automobile is a bit much. I’m articulate about a tiny arrangement in a sign cluster, a categorical touchscreen arrangement in a core console, and a narrow, tertiary top display. There’s a lot of info widespread between these 3 sources, nonetheless it’s tenable how most of it justifies a third display. In that top display, we can cycle by a clock, a shade that shows we that reserve systems are active, and one that shows we all-wheel-drive energy placement in genuine time, among a few others.
“There’s one that shows coolant and oil temp, that strikes me as a usually useful information offering in that display. You cycle by these screens around a cluster of ride switches appended to a steering wheel. It’s not pretty. Two analog gauges alongside a tach and speedometer solve this. Others have attempted this three-screen proceed before as well. Honda comes to mind with a progressing i-MID contraption. It was sore and thankfully it’s gone. Hopefully, Subaru pieces this gimmick soon, too.” — Dan Frio
“I don’t know because we like a Impreza as most as we do. we mean, we don’t dream about it or anything. we wouldn’t trade it for a Challenger. But we like it. It’s not fussy. Maybe that’s a obscure compliment, nonetheless we like a light, flexible automobile that we can burst in, behind out of a driveway, and zip down a highway to a grocery store. Not have to worry about parking. we adore me a Challenger, nonetheless we don’t need a logging trip when I’m usually going out to fetch some eggs.
“And yet. ‘If it usually had a manual,’ we thought, ‘this is a automobile we competence buy.’ And lo, we can get an Impreza Sport sedan with a five-speed primer bending to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It also comes with 18-inch wheels, exhilarated front seats, nifty interior trim bits, and all-wheel drive. That will cost we $22,955.
“Add a solitary choice package that comes with a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, behind cross-traffic alert, and a Harman Kardon reward audio system, and you’re looking during $25,105. Not a bad deal. Throw on some decent performance-ish tires and you’ve got a honeyed sled that will hoop a curves with propensity on dry days and curves with caring on stormy days.
“Then we review about a 2018 Accord. For $26,670, we can get a Accord Sport with a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder and six-speed manual. It packs some-more punch than a Impreza — 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque compared to a Impreza’s 152 hp and 145 lb-ft. It also comes with 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a Honda Sensing motorist aids. We’ve found that tech rather glitchy in a new Hondas: abrupt, unintended puncture braking, so-so line gripping assist, batty adaptive journey control.
“But tough to disagree with a near-universal regard for a new, redesigned Accord’s pushing appearance and upgraded cabin quality. For $1,500 more, it’s substantially value a stretch. Then again, with all-wheel expostulate and a primer gearbox for around $25,000, a Impreza Sport offers knockout value.” — Dan Frio