One of Baxter’s Marketing Team Members grew up with a Subaru. His dad drove a 1983 GL Station Wagon, similar to the one pictured below. Subaru has obviously made quite a few updates since 1983, but the Subaru Impreza hatchback is about as similar to that vehicle as you’re going to get. So, when the new 2017 Subaru Impreza came out, our Marketing Team Member wanted to test-drive one. He scared himself by saying he was becoming his father, who had a deep love of Subaru. Of the two Subarus he owned, he said, “These were two of the best cars I have ever owned, I miss them more than my ex-wives – and they were more reliable.”
Father’s Day Test Drive
This Marketing Team Member test-drove the Subaru Impreza hatchback for Father’s Day. He traded in the keys to his pickup truck and spent a few days behind the wheel of a hatchback. He wanted to check out the Impreza because, “I love my truck but I wanted to experience driving something that could fit my entire family but still provide me with some performance. Better gas mileage without having to give up all-wheel-drive was important too.”
Space in the Subaru Impreza Hatchback
The 2017 Subaru Impreza definitely reminded our test driver of the 83 GL Wagon he grew up riding in. He said originally, the new Impreza felt smaller than he remembered the wagon being, “At first I thought that the 2017 Impreza wasn’t as roomy as [my dad’s] 83 GL wagon was, but then I realized I’m just much bigger now. It was a trip down memory lane.”
The Subaru Impreza hatchback offers 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space. That’s more space than the Honda Civic, 5-door Mazda 3 and the Ford Focus Hatch. The Impreza is leading the class with the largest passenger volume of any car in it’s class. Our test driver said his whole family felt at home in the Impreza, “All five of us fit comfortably in the Impreza with plenty of room for our stuff in the back. We didn’t do any long trips but it was spacious enough that we could have comfortably.” Plus, the kids got a real kick out of the room they have available in the back seat, “They loved it. They never have been in a station wagon before and got a kick out of all the room in the back.”
Technology in the Subaru Impreza Hatchback
Over the years, Subaru has done a great job of updating the standard and available technology in their vehicles. The new Impreza is no different. “Subaru used to get knocked for not paying enough attention to the technology they used in the interior. But they have stepped up their game because the display screen and host of app options were awesome.”
Subaru now has available features like EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology to monitor traffic movement, optimize cruise control and keep you centered in your lane. Plus Subaru’s Starlink™ system is a lot of fun to use. Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, and Padora® app integration all comes standard in the 2017 Subaru Impreza. Plus, additional features like hands-free smartphone operation and an easy to use 8-inch touch-screen all make the driving experience a lot of fun.
Driving Impressions from the Subaru Impreza Hatchback
Going from a large truck to a small hatchback is a big change. But, Baxter’s test driver said he truly enjoyed the different feeling behind the wheel.
“I loved how the Impreza drove. It had more power than I expected and handled amazingly. I’m a truck guy so it pains me to say it, but I really enjoyed the power, quickness and overall ride of the Impreza. It felt like I was in a race car compared to my truck. And the ability to easily do u-turns without having to drive over a curb was fantastic. The turning radius is great!”
With a Subaru Boxer® Engine under the hood, the Impreza is all-wheel-drive all the time, and still offers great handling. The Direct Injection Engine offers improved performance and fuel economy. Subaru’s unique engine has pistons that move side to side to cancel out each other’s vibrations so the engine runs more smoothly and efficiently. The horizontal layout offers better balance and a maximum transfer of power.
From the 83 GL wagon he was used to, he said there were a few differences in how the vehicle drove, but otherwise it was a trip down memory lane. “The new Impreza rides lower and has a much larger hatch opening too.”