BY H. THROTTLE
I’ve always been impressed with Subaru, going back to the Australian outback commercials. They last a long time, have a great reputation for safety and emphasize crash protection.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport model demonstrates a strong engineering push by Subaru for safety, increasing the crash absorption 40 percent over outgoing Imprezas.
This new model is the first Impreza built in America at the new plant in Lafayette, Ind.
They have increased the rigidity of the body structure by more than 70 percent in this new generation design. The body strength can be felt in the drive, which feels rock solid in drives and corners superbly. This new design is working, along with the attractive design features.
Holding down the price for an all-wheel drive SUV, this model is fully loaded with navigation, moon roof, Harman/Kardon audio system, and a paddle-controlled Lineartronic drive system is attractive at $27,060
Immediately missing from the package and very noticeable is the awkward manual seat control versus power seats. The old-fashioned crank system elevates the seat and has a manual slide control for leg room. The key opens the trunk easily, but it still takes a manual release. While it takes some adjustments to be seated, the bucket seats are very comfortable and the rear seats fold down for enlarged cargo space. The seats are heated, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated exterior rearview mirrors.
While the Impreza is designated “Sport,” it is hard to be a sport model with only a 158-horsepower engine without a turbo boost and a four-cylinder engine. The model runs well and has a really clever transmission, but the sport nomenclature may be exaggerated. A turbo feature would make this a high-performance vehicle.
This model has great brakes, firm suspension and all-wheel drive, making it an attractive Colorado all-around weather buy. The Subaru’s dependability and long-term value and dependability are among the best in the entire industry.
Built in America is also a great feature.
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