Subaru heralds its next-generation design language with the 2017 Impreza.

Impreza steps into the compact car segment with a larger footprint and is the first model to debut the Japanese automaker’s Global Platform Architecture for 70-percent more rigidity in a unitized body structure.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes shipped in sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles each clad in Base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim.

A sole 2.0i liter 4-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and all-wheel drive come with every model for fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon/city and 36-mpg/highway.

I tested the Impreza 2.0i Sport 4-door sedan priced at $21,995 that includes a sport tuned suspension, incline start assist, high grade multi-function display and full power accessories.

A rear vision camera, auto on/off headlights, tire pressure monitoring system, 60/40-split rear seat, digital clock, outside temperature gauge and electronic power assist steering is likewise provided.

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Impreza also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, active (AWD) torque-vectoring, keyless entry with push button start, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, sound insulated windshield with wiper de-icer and dual-color trunk spoiler.

A Subaru Starlink 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system with multi-touch high-resolution display, smartphone integration streaming, voice activated control, 6-speaker audio/CD system and Starlink Cloud Apps come standard too. The interface display is very user-friendly.

My test car came optioned with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist technology that provides adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and lane keep assist, blind spot detection with lane assist and rear cross traffic alert.

The EyeSight system plus moonroof and premium harman/kardon audio costs a collective $2,945.

Add $800 for a continuously variable automatic transmission (5-speed manual comes standard) and $820 destination charge for a total vehicle price of $26,560 before tax.

Cabin appointments enhance Impreza Sport’s racy appeal with aluminum pedal covers, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and simulated carbon fiber appliqués on the dash and front door trim. Contrasting red top-stitching accents the cloth seat bolsters and steering wheel.

Soft touch materials surround 5-occupants with generous space room up front and better than average rear seat legroom. Ride quality is planted without being harsh. Handling with the active AWD torque-vectoring is superb.

The fun-to-drive 2017 Subaru Impreza is built at Subaru of Indiana in Lafayette.

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