Subaru, long known for marching to a different drummer, has taken a detour into the mainstream.
The builder of all-wheel-drive sedans and wagons – popular in snow country and favored by outdoorsy types and dog lovers – has unleashed a larger, all-new, fifth-generation Impreza compact sedan and five-door hatchback.
Gone are oddball styling (remember the funky bug-eye design from 2000-2002?) and low-rent interiors. The 2017 Impreza is handsome in the current edgy, Japanese ethos, featuring hawklike headlights and bodyside accent creases.
The biggest change over previous models is the new so-called global platform the car is built upon. The architecture forms the basic bones which will underpin all future Subarus (except the rear-drive BRZ sport coupe).