The latest iteration should pick up the sales pace now that we know the pricing of the new-from-the-ground-up 2017 Subaru Impreza.
For Japanese manufacturer Subaru, January of 2016 marked five consecutive years of month over month sales records. More recently, September sales were up 3.5 percent over last year and, with it, 58 consecutive months of month-over month growth.
Looking at the Impreza, however, it's a different story as it represents Subaru's only mainstream model that's experienced an overall sales decline – 10.7 percent - this year (sales of the niche BRZ are down 18.7 percent YTD through September).
But perhaps that figure is due in part to customers of the model who are looking forward to the all-new Impreza that was unveiled at the New York Auto Show this past April.
2017 Subaru Impreza
For the most part, other than its somewhat bland styling (when compared to what we thought was a near-production concept), these customers have a lot to look forward to.
For one, both the hatchback and sedan models are based on the new Subaru Global Platform. As a result, body rigidity is up by over 70 percent. The new platform also features a lower center of gravity, while the rear double-wishbone independent suspension has a stabilizer bar that's mounted directly to the body, helping to reduce body roll by 50 percent compared to the outgoing model.
Under the hood, there's a revised version of Subaru's FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine that gains direct injection and a horsepower boost from 148 to 152. Highline trims also get a CVT with 7-speed manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters.
For 2017, sedan buyers can also choose the Sport trim, which was only offered on the hatchback in 2016. Standard features for both models include unique interior and exterior trim and suspension tuning, 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring – all upgrades over the Premium model.
In addition to those models, the 2017 Impreza is also available in the entry-level 2.0i base (no roof rails or moonroof option) and the top-shelf Limited trim (offering standard features that range from a leather interior and push-button start to exterior chrome trim and "Konoji" LED daytime running lights).
2017 Subaru Impreza prices
The good news is that, according to Subaru, pricing has increased just $100 over the outgoing model. Here's how everything pans out:
Model/Trim, Transmission, MSRP
Impreza sedan models
2.0i, 5MT: $19,215
2.0i, CVT: $20,215
2.0i Premium, CVT: $22,015
2.0i Sport, 5MT: $22,815
2.0i Sport, CVT: $23,615
2.0i Limited, CVT: $24,915
Impreza 5-door hatchback models
2.0i, 5MT: $19,715
2.0i, CVT: $20,715
2.0i Premium, CVT: $22,515
2.0i Sport, 5MT: $23,315
2.0i Sport, CVT: $24,115
2.0i Limited, CVT: $25,415
2017 Subaru Impreza option packages
EyeSight, Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Steering Responsive Fog Lights: $1,395
EyeSight, Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Steering Responsive Fog Lights, moonroof: $2,395
Moonroof, Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Harman Kardon Amplifier and Speakers: $2,150
EyeSight, moonroof, Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Harman Kardon amplifier and speaker (CVT model only): $2,945
EyeSight, moonroof, Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert: $2,495
EyeSight, moonroof, Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert, navigation, Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers: $3,845
Included in the MSRPs is a destination and delivery charge of $850 which may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. Destination and delivery is $1,000 for dealers in Alaska.