2017 Impreza 2.0i helps Subaru celebrate its 50th

Photo by Jules Stayton

Subaru’s Impreza 2.0i enlivens an already stacked lineup of award-winning models for the brand.  Impreza doesn’t disappoint and flaunts safety, fuel economy and style as well as lively performance via its 4-cylinder Boxer® engine.

Subaru of America conducts a year-long party approaching the 50th Anniversary, culminating in a celebration like no other in February 2018.  With the donation of “50 cars for 50 years” for a charity to be named later this year, Subaru will also release special edition models to commemorate the occasion.

Founded by American businessmen Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm on February 15th 1968, Subaru continues its successful run with current day accolades like KBB’s 2017 Best Overall Brand and 2017 Lowest Cost to Own.

Impreza rear closeup
Photo by Jules Stayton

$18,395 starts the bidding for the 2.0i sedan honors.  Premium, Sport and Limited trim packages include a 5-door option that gives a 4-inch bump in trunk width for those weekend adventures that Subaru is famous for.  A 60/40 split makes tossing the golf clubs in for a quick nine after work,  a breeze. With 100-cubic feet of passenger space, the Impreza bestows a spacious feeling in its class.

Living in the Sport sedan as I did, garnered thrills from the 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, 152 hp, horizontally opposed Boxer® engine used in Subaru models for the last 50 years.  Click here if you would like to see live action renderings of how the Boxer® positioning lowers the center of gravity in the engine compartment to improve handling, balance and stability.  Taking the curves of your own “C” road in the Impreza will not disappoint. Click here to see why Subaru is in a class by itself with road hugging technology.

Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Adaptive Control and Incline Start Assist comes standard on the 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited.  CVT is included on my Sport as an $800 option and is worth every penny as I accessed the 7-speed manual mode on more than one tour.  A 432 Watt Equivalent 8-Speaker Premium Audio system with Harman Kardon® speakers sparked pure joy.  Five-spoke 18″ rims added a beauty that rivaled the blooms of spring.  In all, including the $820 delivery and destination charge, its price tag comes in at $27, 165.

Marking time on your commute will yield a combined city/hwy mpg in the 30s.  The SUBARU STARLINK™’s Infotainment system includes Safety and Security options as well as Multimedia  and serves as the hub in a 6.5″ or 8″ display. Click on the links to see how each functions to make the Subaru an easy choice for any driver.

Weather is no issue with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD.  Stability and drivability video versions are yours for the viewing via these links.

Impreza and science building
Photo by Jules Stayton

Lastly, one would be remiss without mentioning autonomous features when it comes to the Subaru Impreza 2.0i.  EyeSight® technology notches each unit possessing it to the highest possible IIHA Safety rating for front crash prevention.  Stereo cameras mounted where the map lights are housed produce a 3-D image of objects in their path.  Adjustments are made automatically to avoid impact.   Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) are included in EyeSight® as well.  Lane Keep Assist must be turned on.  When functional it will give an alert to prevent “drowsy driver” issues and Adaptive Cruise Control, when activated, can be set by the driver to a particular distance from the car in front for alerts to engage the pre-collision throttle management system and avoid rear end collisions while in cruise.

A 3-year/36,000 mile New Car and Wear Item Limited Warranties plus 24-hour roadside assistance are included in addition to the 5-year/60,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.  A luxury for cold weather climate owners is the 5-years, unlimited mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty.  It’s no wonder that 97% of Subaru Impreza vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road.

Marion Subaru in Marion, IL gets a special thanks for my Impreza experience this week. Sales Manager James Shimkus and his staff,  including Service Advisor Jim Gooden and Sales Associate Grant Thurmond, made for a flawless affair.

Reasons are endless when considering Subaru for your next road experience, just ask the owners who have loved them for the last 50 years.

The Subaru Impreza is built in Lafayette, IN.

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