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2017 Subaru Impreza Pushes the Limits


The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn’t just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker.  The Impreza introduces a more expressive design language that includes a more raked angle to the windshield, a lower rear roofline, wheel arches and sculpted sides. The rear looks wider and lower with repositioned taillights, which also allow for a 4-inch wider trunk opening on the sedan and a 5-inch wider opening on the hatchback.

2017-Subaru-Impreza-6The interior has more premium materials and plastics, more soundproofing (including thicker side glass and windshield) and a quieter fan and air conditioning system. It also has the first new door handles in 17 years. There is more front headroom (39.8 inches), more back seat legroom and enough trunk space for three golf bags. Infotainment and connectivity features include 4G internet, Apple CarPlay and Tom Tom navigation. There are three audio units with 6.5- to 9-inch display screens, including an upgrade for a Harman Kardon Green Edge system.

Performance is now at the highest level in the history of Subaru — “near sports car level,” the marketers say, making the Impreza faster than the sporty BRZ coupe. A revised 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine adds direct fuel injection and other enhancements, raising horsepower to 152 from 148. Fuel economy is up by about 1 mpg for the entry-level sedan with CVT ratings of 28 mpg city, 38 highway and 32 combined, on 87 octane. The Hatchback Sport is rated 27/35/30 mpg.

In highline models, the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, or CVT, has a seven-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters. The steering response is quicker and more fluid with active torque vectoring to help keep the front end pointed on the driver’s intended path. Four-wheel disc braking has a more responsive pedal feel.

Safety was a priority in the redesign. Features include seven air bags, a rearview camera and a suite of advanced technologies for driver-assistance systems. The optional EyeSight package includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and sway warning. Blind-spot detection with lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert are available. Also new are (optional) turning headlights and automatic high-beam assist. Rear automatic braking detects large objects and reacts from 1 to 9 mph.

The new Impreza is a solid value that pushes limits, raises expectations and pulls away from old ideas.  Find yours today at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine at 2651 William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine, Texas today!


2017 Subaru Legacy

If you and yours are in the search for a family sedan that not only has styling, technology, comfort and standard all-wheel-drive plus the best ratings in safety, then take a close look at the new 2017 Subaru Legacy with the friendly folks at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine at 2651 William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine, Texas today!

Remember, you shouldn’t overlook the safety factor as car accidents and deaths are on the rise and you always have precious cargo on board.  The safety features and all-weather performance of the Legacy may lessen the number of accidents and injuries. Perhaps the Subaru Legacy’s best trait is its excellent safety scores.  This year it nailed every federal and IIHS test and is one of the few family sedans to reach that superior level.  When the Legacy is set up with its available EyeSight safety system, this sedan is safer on paper than many cars twice its price.  New for 2017 is near automatic braking with object detection along with a slew of other safety functions.

Moving away from the serious side, the Legacy comes standard with its unique AWD that is ranked as the very best.  Beyond this favorite and famous feature, you will receive a very quiet and comfortable riding car with high marks in reliability, is spacious, stylish and fuel efficient.  In a recent owner survey by the trustworthy organization Consumer Reports, owners gave the Legacy great reviews in Satisfaction, Driving, Comfort, Value and Styling.  This research reflects the opinions of owners, not a marketing group. It is also good to note that a huge percentage would buy a Legacy again.

Another interesting result of their findings is that Subaru came in fourth in name brand recognition behind Telsa, Porsche and Audi from over two dozen vehicles.  Not bad company to keep since a Subaru is much less expensive!

You will also find out there is a new option in the Legacy family with the handsome Sport model; the Sport offers unique cool looking styling inside and out.  You’ll quickly notice its dark gray front grille, gloss-black fog-light housing and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels that make the Sport stand out.   Taking you on that test drive is Legacy’s tried and true “Boxer-type” engine where the pistons are parallel to the ground and punch out like a boxer would.  This system puts the weight of the engine lower which gives the Legacy nimble handling.

Under its stylish hood the standard perky 2.5-liter four cylinder that produces 175 lively horses.  If you desire more zip in your trips, then test out the aggressive 3.5-liter that punches out 256 thoroughbreds with 247 lb-ft of torque.  The 3.5 loves stop lights that turn to green.  The engines are mated with the standard Continuously Variable automatic transmission that uses a special shift system making it more like a regular automatic.  Everything just comes together with the 2017 Subaru Legacy. Especially in its very roomy cabin with its comfy and supportive seats for five.  Owners appreciate the handsome and usable center stack that includes a large touch screen infotainment setup where you won’t need your teenagers’ assistance.

Everything is there for communication, entertainment and especially safety.  All is good with the new Subaru Legacy.  One is waiting for your visit in your favorite color and style at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine, visit them online at http://www.subarugrapevine.com or call 817.438.1700 to schedule a test drive.  You will drive away with a smile, not only because you brought back the “fun factor” in your drive time, but for the great deal you received.