2017 Impreza: Polite control in a stylish, all-new ride


Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

Small hatchback, AWD
2.0L horizontally-opposed Boxer DOHC engine
Continuously variable transmission with sport shift
Steering responsive headlights
EyeSight Driver-Assist System: Pre-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning & lane sway warning, and pre-collision throttle management system
Subaru Starlink 8.0 multimedia nav system with Harman/Kardon speaker system 
(432-watt equivalent)
5 Year/60k Powertrain Limited Warranty 3 Year/36k Basic & Roadside Assistance.
31 mpg (28/37 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $30.2k, pictured

As always, check with dealer for details

I can think of only slightly better (or worse, depending on your opinion) weeks that make it clear why Subarus are popular cars for the Colorado lifestyle.  From 80-degree early summer-like days to refrigerator chills and snow in the mountains in the space of a few days, the roads (and dirt roads and gravel, etc.) change almost by the minute.
Subaru’s standard all-wheel drive is impressive, and it’s a star shining in the blue sky of the all-new 2017 Impreza 2.0i Limited I took off the lot at the all-new Grand Junction Subaru dealership off of 24 Road, near the movie theater.
Available in a sedan and a hatchback, the Impreza has been redesigned inside and out, including an upgraded interior, electronics that really stand out, a peppy 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, and of course, that symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Subaru has come a long way since the boxier wagons of old, and their interiors are starting to draw my eye. The Limited Impreza I drove had an attractive light tan/charcoal interior with leather trim, and glossy glass style accents on the dash and control gauges.  The touchscreen is much upgraded from years past, with full access to a range of features through a colorful but tasteful user interface.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were available (always a plus for me in my digital ways). The auxiliary info screen just under the windshield provides a variety of information, from instrumentation to street names to weather forecasts.
This is the first vehicle I’ve driven with Subaru’s EyeSight System, which literally provides additional eyes on the road for you (albeit electronic ones, in the form of dual color cameras mounted on either side of the rear view mirror).
The system provides an array of features, including adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warnings and more. While it has some uses in everyday driving, the alerts and power are probably highlighted best in situations that I try to avoid on a test drive.
On the highway and some rough backstreets, the Impreza was a pleasant and controlled drive. In my brief experiments on gravel and dirt, it was difficult to over-drive the car, as it kept its footing almost politely…I could imagine it rolling its eyes at my tomfoolery, in effect.
That all-wheel drive provides more control and plenty of that politeness on all sorts of road surfaces: dirt, sand, snow, gravel, mud and even perfectly dry, clean blacktop.
If you haven’t had the chance, stop by and check out the new dealership out on Market Street, off of 24 Road.  The state-of-the-art facility has incredibly expanded service options, with more bay and more options, including express service options which lets you get your basic maintenance done with factory-trained technicians and no appointment needed.  Be sure and ask about the new quick video option, so you can check out the technicians working on your vehicle.
Try out the new Subaru Impreza at the new Grand Junction Subaru.

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