2017 Subaru Impreza vs. Competition

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Subaru Impreza: All-new for 2017

Subaru Impreza enthusiasts love it for how much they get in a small package. The Impreza is all-new for 2017, featuring a completely redesigned engine, platform, and interior. 25 years after it was introduced, the Subaru Impreza is still wowing enthusiast drivers with its outstanding handling, grip, reliability, and performance. The 2017 model uses Subaru's Global Platform, the first of its kind.

Despite all of these exciting changes, the Subaru Impreza is priced almost identically to its previous model. It's outstanding that you can get such a vehicle for under $18,500. Another thing we like about the Subaru over its competitors is how it is built in America, securing jobs here at home.

Stylistically, it's the best looking Impreza ever. Put the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Subaru Impreza beside each other in a parking lot and the Subaru Impreza stands out for its clean-lined European-inspired design. The new Impreza is around 1.5 inches longer and wider than the previous version and significantly lower. There's a lower nose and the lines are better sculpted, rising and falling over the wheel wheels.  This matches the window line perfectly, which sweep at the rear and bring focus to the larger front and rear lights.

Inside, the Subaru stamp is still evident, but there's been a simplification everywhere. The gauge cluster has been replaced with beveled, rectangular shapes, and there's a secondary display at the base of the windshield. The soft-touch materials round out the interior - an interior that's significantly better than the Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza.

To experience the all-new Subaru Impreza for yourself, come down to Lee's Summit Subaru, near Kansas City, Independence, Overland Park, and Blue Springs.

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Subaru Impreza vs. Mazda 3

  • The Subaru Impreza doesn't just look better than the Mazda 3, it performs better too. With an all-wheel drive as standard across the range, the Subaru Impreza is much more confident on the road and much better suited for the varied roads of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
  • Versatility is important in a compact sedan, and the Mazda 3 has skimped on cargo space and trunk space compared to the Subaru Impreza. Even with all of the seats up, the Subaru Impreza offers 20.0 cubic feet of trunk space, much more than the Mazda 3 does. Drop down the seats and things get even more obvious - the 2017 Subaru Impreza offers 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space whereas the Mazda can only muster up 47.1 cubic feet at maximum stretch.
  • Passengers in the back of the Subaru Impreza will notice a sharp drop in comfortable space in if they move to the Mazda 3. The Mazda 3 has both less headroom and less legroom in the rear seats than the Subaru Impreza.
  • Similarly, the driver and front row passenger get more room in the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3 feels cramped in comparison. Tall drivers will find the Mazda 3 uncomfortable to drive, as it has around an inch less headroom and an inch less legroom in the front.

Subaru Impreza vs. Honda Civic

  • Performance is highly important for this class, and the Subaru Impreza trumps the Honda Civic with its handling. In 2017, over 80% of the Impreza's engine parts are brand new, improving the performance, reducing noise, and increasing efficiency.
  • The 2017 Subaru Impreza has the best all-wheel-drive system in the business. The Honda Civic only offers front-wheel-drive. This is quite noticeable when you take both of the vehicles for a test drive in Kansas - the 2017 Subaru Impreza is noticeably steadier on its feet and is much happier to be in the rain or snow than the Honda Civic is.
  • Features-wise, the Subaru Impreza pulls well ahead of the Honda Civic. If the all-wheel-drive as standard is not enough for you, consider that the base model of the Impreza has a 6.5-inch touchscreen system and automatic support for Apple and Android smartphone pairing. The Civic, on the other hand, only has a 5-inch infotainment system with a mere 4 speakers.
  • Subaru's EyeSight technology is light years ahead of the comparable Honda Sensing system, with its active cruise control, confident collision mitigation system and lane keep assistance.

Try test driving these vehicles for yourself to get a feel for which is best for you. We're confident that the 2017 Subaru Impreza is a better option than both the Mazda 3 and the Subaru Impreza. Come down to Lee's Summit Subaru in Lee's Summit for the drive of your life.

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