2016 Subaru Impreza Walk Around

The Impreza doesn’t have the forward shape of the Ford Focus or the sporty clean lines of the Mazda3, but the proportions of the five-door work well. We like the sporty and cohesive lines of the five-door more than the taller sedan, which looks homely even with a trunk lip spoiler.

The hawkeye headlamps, trapezoidal grille and front bumper look fresh but mature in the sense that they make the Impreza look like the larger Legacy, as intended. Pre-2015 models looked dowdy and awkward. Now the Impreza looks distinctive.

The character lines on the sides of the car are conservative, unlike the contours and creases common in over-achieving small cars nowadays. Big wheel arches make the car look lower, but also make even the 17-inch wheels look too small. You can’t see the undertray, but you’ll like knowing it’s there, as it improves aerodynamics which raises fuel mileage.


Not surprisingly, knowing Subaru’s no-nonsense simplicity and utility, the cabin is well designed. There’s an abundance of rear legroom, and the rear seats easily fold flat for cargo. There’s an abundance of cubbyholes and cupholders, bins and trays, also two 12-volt outlets.

The gauge layout is basic, with a cowl over the speedo and tach, and a small display screen between them. There’s a wider display in the center of the dash, with digital info that’s easy to read.

The cabin can be a bit loud on rough pavement, even with thicker window glass from 2015.

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