Subaru is well known for its wagons, so much so that the ratio of sedans to five-door wagons is just the reverse of other manufacturers. The new Subaru Impreza sells at a rate of seven wagons to every three sedans. Subaru buyers tend to like what they see in the five-door hatchbacks; Subaru knows this, and the new wagon was redesigned inside and out, handling was improved, and the fifth door was made larger to accommodate more cargo.
A hatchback is all about the rear door opening: the bigger, the better. The rear opening size of previous models was limited because of the size and design of the taillight cluster; this has been changed. Instead of a single cluster, it has been split into two; one-half is mounted on the door, and the other half is mounted on the body. This simple redesign allowed the door to be four inches wider. The rear shock absorbers are also spaced wider apart; these changes mean the Impreza has gained more than three cubic feet of cargo space over older models.
The new five-door Impreza is based on Subaru’s all-new “Global Platform.” There have been many practical changes; the vehicle is stiffer thanks to the use of high-tensile steel that improves the dynamics of the vehicle and improves crash test performance, as well. The 2.0 L flat four is rated 152 HP, which is plenty to deliver adequate performance. Buyers have a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Other than with the Limited trim; a CVT is standard.
As is the case with all Subaru’s, safety is of paramount importance. Each model comes with what Subaru calls “EyeSight” technology. This is a camera-based system that scans the road ahead on a constant basis for other vehicles and pedestrians. The new Subaru Impreza also comes with blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and cross traffic alert.
The new Subaru Impreza has many advantages over its competition. To see and test drive the sedan or hatchback model, visit Hawk Subaru near Naperville.