Road Test: Driving cred

2014 Subaru Impreza Road Test

January 14, 2014
by Emily Atkins

The Impreza wagon is a competent car, with by far the best driving credentials of this group. Its full-time all-wheel drive, and four-wheel disc brakes give it a big advantage over the competition, especially when you are considering a vehicle to travel through potentially treacherous Canadian winter road conditions.

This car handles beautifully and delivers a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. It’s nimble and responsive, and offers decent pick-up, even with the growly CVT that accompanied the 148hp, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder boxer engine.

MSRP: $24,955 As tested: $29,439

The good: Handling and all-wheel drive

Room for improvement: Communications interface; styling

Both inside and out, the Impreza is bland, lacking in design pizazz. It offers a good driving position, albeit in a slightly hard seat. Visibility is above average all the way around. The rear seating zone is roomy and comfortable, and the cargo capacity is generous, with or without the seats folded down.

Controls and instrumentation are simple and easy to use. The basic electronics interface, however, was not intuitive; once the limited number of smartphone slots had filled up it was a challenge to figure out how to clear them to allow a new connection. There is a good argument here for buying the upgraded communications system.

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