5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

5 Fantastic Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport

You met my Subaru Forester, a wonderful road trip vehicle, in other McCool Travel articles. I also share Subaru Love as a Subaru Ambassador—one of more than 8,000 volunteer, unpaid devotees.

Fifteen Subaru Ambassadors attended the Subaru National Business Conference in Denver, Colorado last month and I was fortunate to be one of them. While there, I met the President (and COO) of Subaru of America, a past CEO of Subaru Worldwide, members of the Subaru Racing Team (including Travis Pastrana), dozens of Subaru Retailers, and 14 super passionate Subaru Ambassadors.

I also learned about the Subaru Impreza Influencer Program while in Denver. That initiative lends a 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport to media members in the Washington, DC area. Since I love the Subaru brand, own a Subaru, but have never driven a Subaru Impreza, I immediately expressed interest and was thankfully approved.

My 10 day test drive neatly coincided with my road trip for a travel conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. I drove the Subaru Impreza about 1,000 miles and experienced the joy and satisfaction of temporarily owning a brand new Subaru.

My thoughts and impressions of the completely redesigned, fifth-generation Subaru Impreza appear below.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Subaru Impreza Sport

 

5 Fantastic Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport

 

Reliability

Is vehicle reliability important to you? I know that I do not want to be driving on a country road several states from home and my car breaks down. Well, 97% of Imprezas sold in the previous 10 years still run today, so reliability definitely scores high.

Every 2017 Impreza sold in America is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette, Indiana—an award-winning facility with a reputation for quality manufacturing and environmental friendliness.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

reliability of Subaru Impreza Sport

Safety

Subaru takes safety seriously. The all-new 2017 Impreza is the first vehicle to feature Subaru Global Platform architecture with high strength steel. Variations of this platform will appear in more models in future years.

All 2017 Imprezas offer new safety and infotainment technology including the award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist technology, Pre-Collision Braking, and—new to Impreza for 2017—Lane Assist systems. Crash energy absorption improved 40% over the prior model.

EyeSight activated the pre-collision braking feature twice during my extended test drive. Both times when I passed a turning car too close to my lane. It was jarring and disconcerting but I recognize it as a safety enhancement that I must adjust to.

The color backup camera is super clear and high resolution—much clearer than this image. It clearer shows a full picture of what is behind you to make backing up safer.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

backup camera of Subaru Impreza

Design

Subaru Impreza is completely redesigned for 2017. MotorTrend says customers will like aggressive new styling, improved safety features, and sport model offered as a sedan.

The Subaru Impreza Sport model steering wheel stitching is tight. The controls in the steering column are useful. One thing I loved is that I never bumped my head on the door frame, like I usually do with other sedans. Kudos to the engineers for that.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

steering wheel of Subaru Impreza Sport

Customizing the info panel display is fun. Choose to show weather forecast (for 3 and/or 6 hours), average speed, or techie stats (like slope).

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

info display on 2017 Subaru Impreza

Simple touches like aluminum pedal covers are super cool.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

pedal covers on Subaru Impreza Sport

Value

Impreza is Subaru’s entry model with prices starting at $18,395. The Subaru Impreza is the least expensive all-wheel drive vehicle and the only AWD priced under $20,000.

The Subaru Impreza Sport base price is $21,995. My model includes optional Lineartronic CVT (7 speed transmission), power moonroof, harmon/kardon audio system, and destination/delivery fees—for a total price at $26,560. Base, Premium, and Limited models round out the Subaru Impreza line.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

harmon/kardon speakers in Subaru Impreza Sport

With average fuel consumption of 30 MPG, roads trips are a great value. Road trips are also super fun in the Subaru Impreza.

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Subaru Impreza road trip

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

road trip with Subaru Impreza

Subaru Love / Miscellaneous

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is a great value, is well designed, is reliable and safe, so what else do you need to know?

It has a more powerful engine but with same fuel efficiency as the 2016 Impreza. I averaged a shade over 30 MPG for my 960 mile road trip.

Subaru is the first US automaker to recycle or reuse all waste. They promote their Zero Landfill philosophy to the public to promote keeping waste out of National Parks.

Awards/Accolades for the 2017 Subaru Impreza include:

  • IntelliChoice 2017 Highest Retained Value Popular Brand (Subaru)
  • IntelliChoice 2017 SmartChoice Retained Value Compact Passenger Car
  • US News says Subaru Impreza is a better buy than Honda HR-V. All-weather capability
  • Consumer Reports says Subaru Impreza has a roomy rear seat for a compact vehicle.

Visit the Subaru website for more information about Subaru Impreza, to build and price a Subaru Impreza with your choice of colors and options, to find your local retailer, and more.

What do you think of my 5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport?

Have you ever driven a Subaru Impreza Sport?

 

5 Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Subaru Impreza Sport

 


Thank you to Subaru and MWW for providing me with the Subaru Impreza Sport. I was not otherwise compensated and this content represents my thoughts about the Subaru Impreza.


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5 Reasons to Drive a Subaru Impreza Sport: originally published on 6 September 2017

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14 Responses to “5 Fantastic Reasons to Drive the Subaru Impreza Sport”

  1. Duke Stewart September 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    I want a Subaru and was happy to see this car in person when I met you. Looked like a really awesome ride and if I don’t get a Crosstrek or Outback, this will definitely be sitting in front of my house. Thanks for sharing, Charles. Next time, let me drive, please? Lol

  2. Mike Cotton (@MikeCjourno) September 13, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    The Subaru Impreza Sport looks a beast of a car. If only I could afford a motor like this. Sadly my budget means I only ever buy motors that are destined for the junk yard.

  3. Chloe LIN September 11, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    This car looks so cool, stylish and safe. I would love to drive it too when I hit the road.

  4. Sara Broers (@TravelWithSara) September 11, 2017 at 12:24 am #

    We are a Subaru household. We have a WRX and a Legacy. The all wheel drive is what sold me on them. We love them……

  5. mags September 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    This looks like a pretty sweet ride. I’ve never driven a Subaru, but I’ve always heard great things.

  6. Sandy N Vyjay September 10, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    Have never driven a Subaru, but the Impreza sport looks really impressive. It must have been an exciting experience to drive the brand new car on a road trip. I can understand the thrill of driving a brand new car. I have driven a couple of new cars before their official launch for reviewing them and it is quite an experience.

  7. Marvi September 10, 2017 at 2:24 am #

    Reliability and safety factors of a car should always be considered when choosing a car for road trips. 🙂

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