Lumps and punches: What people are saying about Subaru's 2017 Impreza

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Subaru's retooled 2017 Impreza will offer new driver-assist technology and multimedia features. It grows by 1.6 inches in length over the current model. Here’s what journalists and others are saying about the Impreza.

“While I get why Subaru didn't include a manual in the Impreza for 2017, it's a bit disappointing. Heck, the 2017 Impreza sedan even offers a new "Sport" model complete with rear spoiler. And adding a sporty spoiler to a car with a decidedly un-sporty transmission is like painting spots on your cat and calling it a cheetah. Regardless, it'll likely be a wonderful sedan or hatchback, and only a few cantankerous Subaru fanatics will flail about with fury over the lack of a manual gearbox (including me). The other normal, more tech-focused consumers will find much to love with the new Impreza.” -- Nick Jaynes, Mashable

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“In person you’ll immediately notice the flame-surfaced panels oddly reminiscent of Mazda5’s Kodo design language, in a profile that can otherwise be mistaken for its predecessor.” -- Aki Sugawara, Yahoo Autos

“Subaru’s new Impreza has many firsts for the company, including being the first of Subaru’s lineup to use the company’s new Subaru Global Platform architecture. This modular platform will likely be used to underpin many cars and crossover throughout the company’s lineup going forward. Additionally, it wears Subaru’s new design language, which intended to give the car a more athletic look.” -- Jonathon Klein, Automobile

“As the core of Subaru’s vehicle line and an icon in its own right, the Impreza plays a key role for the brand. It pulls duty as the workhorse affordable family car but also as the basis for the next WRX and STI. It’s important to get those bones right. Fortunately, Subaru seems to have done just that with the 2017 Impreza.” -- Nelson Ireson, Automobile

The 5-door Impreza for 2017. Photo credit: REUTERS

“Look, we all know that there hasn’t been an interesting-looking Subaru Impreza since 2007. Good driving cars, sure. The WRX and STI versions are a blast, in fact. But they look boring as all hell. There was the fainest glimmer of hope for the new Imprezas, based on the concept that we saw. But these are different. These look like base-model Toyota Corollas with all-wheel-drive. These look like lumps of car.” -- Michael Ballaban, Jalopnik

“To be put simply, the 2017 Impreza may be the most interesting compact on the market just by improving in the most obvious of ways. By keeping it simple, Subaru has seemingly avoided the powertrain issues Honda has had with the Civic, improved the interior in ways that seem to far exceed what we've seen with the Cruze, and added a much needed punch in driving dynamics to put it in contention with the Mazda3. If they can deliver on those three factors, I see little reason why the Subaru couldn't or shouldn't be considered to be one of the best options in the segment.” -- Brad Ysseldyke, Autoblog

“Outside, the new Imprezas have gained a measure of adult styling, carried off with Subie’s characteristic not-quite-rightness. The overall effect is as if ex-BMW designer Chris Bangle hit his head and went to town on the existing models. As previewed by last year’s Impreza Sedan Concept, a strange scallop runs just under the shoulder before kicking up over the rear door handle. It’s nearly reminiscent of Mazda’s Kodo design language, if Kodo forgot how to be generally lovely.” -- Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver

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