2017 Subaru Impreza earns trophy as Japan's car of the year
14 Décembre 2016 - motor1
The model is already available in the United States, and buyers can choose between a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza has taken this year's honor for the 2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan. A large panel of Japanese motoring personalities, including journalists, racing drivers, and industry experts, vote on the award. Vehicles launched between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016, are eligible.
A translation of Car of the Year Japan's Website indicates that the voters enjoy the performance the Impreza's new Subaru Global Platform. They also like that it's the first model in the Japanese market from a domestic brand with include a standard pedestrian protection airbag.
In the United States, the Impreza exclusively comes with a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower (113 kilowatts) and 145 pound-feet. A five-speed manual is available, but most buyers would probably choose the continuously variable transmission. Examples with the CVT get 28 miles per gallon city and 38 mpg highway. Overall, the model is slightly longer and wider than the previous generation. The wheelbase also grows, which means there's more interior room.
The 2017 Impreza starts at $19,215 (after $820 destination) for the four-door sedan and $19,715 for the five-door hatchback. However ticking every option box takes the price to $30,350, which includes amenities like a leather interior and an eight-inch infotainment system. Buyers can also order Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance suite that includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning.
Subaru is building the Impreza in the United States for the North American market for the first time. They are rolling off the assembly line at the firm's plant in Indiana, which also builds the Legacy and Outback. The site will eventually build the company's forthcoming three-row crossover in 2018, too.
Subaru last won the award in 2003 when the Legacy earned the honor. Last year, the panel chose the Mazda MX-5 Miata for the trophy. The roadster eventually also won World Car of the Year.