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2017 Subaru Impreza Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Subaru Impreza was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The fully redesigned 2017 Subaru Impreza is fitted with nicer materials than the outgoing model, but the bar wasn't all that high to begin with. There are still some low-rent plastics, especially in lower models. Many rivals offer more upscale interiors.

Despite the subpar materials, the cabin is very spacious and offers excellent visibility to the exterior. The new infotainment system is easy to use and has high-tech features. Trunk space in the sedan isn't great, but hatchback models rival the cargo-carrying capacity of some subcompact SUVs.

  • The design is modern, but it hasn't crossed the line into abstract, as is the case in some of the Impreza's rivals. Material quality is very good, despite a few cheap plastic-trim bits scattered here and there." -- Autotrader
  • Interiors boast numerous padded surfaces (though some padding is wafer thin), subtle but decent-looking trim, and an available two-tone color combination." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Premium model's name is deceiving; it's one step up from the base model but feels very base inside. Hard plastic lines the cabin, but surfaces are padded in key areas such as the door armrest. What's chintziest is the unconvincing looking faux-metal panels along the dashboard and the plastic painted to look like metal near the gear selector. Not fooling anyone." -- Cars.com

Seating

Up to five people can fit in the Impreza, and it has standard cloth upholstery. Higher trims have leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

The Impreza has plenty of room inside, whether you're in the front or the back. Drivers will appreciate how easy it is to find a comfortable driving position, and the view out is clear in all directions thanks to narrow roof supports. Even tall adults will have plenty of head- and legroom in the rear. Many compact rivals have limited back-seat space, so the Impreza is a good choice for drivers who need room for friends or family.

The 2017 Impreza comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. The two rear outboard seats each have a set of lower anchors, and each rear seat has an upper tether anchor. If you plan to strap in a safety seat into the rear middle seat, you'll need to borrow a lower anchor from each of the outboard positions.

  • "Getting into a red Impreza 2.0i Sport hatchback, I discovered a comfortable driver's seat offering a manual seat height adjuster and more seat track travel than my fairly long legs required. If you're tall, and you have trouble finding a small car that fits, you should check out the Impreza. A brief visit to the rear seat revealed decent cushion support and room for legs and feet, as well as soft front seatbacks that are kind to knees and shins." -- New York Daily News
  • "In back, legroom has increased a bit for both the sedan and the hatchback, and I found the backseat roomy, except for the middle spot." -- Cars.com
  • "Visibility is excellent in every direction, and all that glass means the cabin feels light and airy." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The Impreza comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Optional features include automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, an upgraded 8-inch touch screen, navigation, push-button start, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2017 Impreza has a new infotainment system that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. It's easy to pair your phone to access some apps on the touch screen. The screen has crisp graphics and easy-to-see icons that make it intuitive to use, limiting distractions for the driver while on the go. Adjusting climate or audio settings is also easy, as there are physical controls for both.

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  • "With all the new infotainment features offered for '17, it would have been easy for the new car to suffer (as many rivals have) from trying to cram too many functions into multiple layers of a touchscreen. Instead, Subaru went 'old school' by including volume and tuning knobs along with physical buttons for basic functions; others are handled through the touchscreen, but they're far easier than most to decipher and use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Turning the system on, I had no trouble quickly pairing to the Impreza's Bluetooth system. Graphics are modern and appealing, and Subaru supplies a power and volume knob as well as a tuning knob, making it easy to use the stereo without looking away from the road." -- New York Daily News
  • "While Subaru still isn't at the tippy top of infotainment technology, the system in the 2017 Impreza is the best we've seen from the company. We like the large, clear icons on the home screen, and we're happy to report that the system felt snappy and responsive. Subaru gets a round of applause for including physical buttons and dials for the audio and climate controls." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The Impreza sedan has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk room. Hatchbacks have 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 55.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. The Impreza sedan's trunk is smaller than many other compact sedans', but the Impreza hatchback's cargo space beats out most competitors in the class.

The Impreza has a wide opening into the trunk or cargo area in both sedan and hatchback models, so you can easily load bulky items. Though the load floor isn't quite flat when the rear seats are folded down, a small ramp helps make it possible to slide in your cargo.

  • Both models have folding rear seat backs that rest a couple inches above the cargo floor when folded, but there's a ramp bridging the gap that should allow long items to be easily slid forward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Anyone putting cargo in an Impreza will notice what a huge difference the split taillights make. The hatchback's opening is wider by 5 inches; the sedan's trunk lid opening is 4 inches wider. Both access a much more versatile cargo space with or without the rear seats folded." -- Motor Trend
  • "Behind the seats, the hatchback offers 20.8 cubic feet of space, a bit less than last year. It's also slightly more than the Mazda3 hatch, but less than the Civic hatch. The sedan also offers more trunk space with 12.3 cubic feet of space, less than sedans such as the Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Both body styles' cargo areas have a wide mouth for easy loading and have seats that fold nearly flat with ease for more cargo space." -- Cars.com

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