Part of the job of being an automotive journalist is recommending cars and trucks to people. It’s helpful to have a go-to car in each segment to recommend depending on the needs of the person asking.
For the compact car segment, my new go-to car might be the 2017 Subaru Impreza. There are some compelling reasons why this might be my new recommendation.
Looking deeper, the standard all-wheel drive adds security in the winter months. Well, at least if you live somewhere where it snows.
Impreza Affordable Safety and Security
Subaru’s Eyesight safety suite is affordable. It even includes adaptive cruise control as part of the package.
I’m a proponent of advanced headlight technology. The 2017 Impreza has available low and high beam LED headlights. Additionally, they pivot when going around corners.
The IIHS hasn’t tested the new Impreza yet, but it’s hard to imagine it not winning the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. We’ll have to wait and see to know for sure.
Subaru’s commitment to safety appears to have carried over to the new Impreza.
The EPA rating for highway fuel economy is 38 mpg. That’s pretty impressive for an all-wheel drive sedan that’s not a hybrid or a diesel.
Finally, a manual transmission is standard and you can get the car in a hatchback!
I’m looking forward to driving the new Impreza. It’s not a high-performance rocket like the WRX or STI. It does appear that it might end up being a solid family car recommendation.