Approaching five years of consecutive month-over-month growth, Subaru is on a consistent roll like no other brand. And, if you're at all familiar with the company's crossover (and crossover-esque) lineup, that probably won't come as much surprise.
After all, the automaker's Forster, Outback, and Crosstrek models have proven to be just what consumers really want. They're far more fuel efficient than traditional SUVs, but they offer standard all-wheel drive and the kind of high seating position that affords terrific visibility.
But for 2017, the focus isn't on those standbys as much as it is the company's Impreza compact sedan and hatchback lineup. These compact cars look like they may go from also-rans notable mostly for their standard all-wheel drive to genuine competitors for 2017. An all-new platform underpins both models, which see big interior and technology upgrades. There's a lot more riding on the new Impreza than you might initially think; these models will also spawn the next-generation of the hot-selling Crosstrek and their scalable underpinnings will serve as the basis for almost all of Subaru's lineup as the Forester, Outback, and Legacy are also redesigned in the next several years.
Other changes worth noting aren't quite as big, but the sporty BRZ gains some worthwhile chassis upgrades and a tiny boost in power, while the Forester receives a mid-cycle refresh that focuses on improving the model's already impressive fuel economy.
Here's a look at what you'll find in a Subaru dealer this year.
2017 Subaru Crosstrek
- Manual transmission models add 5 horsepower, 5 lb-of of torque.
- Chassis revisions designed to improve handling.
- Mild interior/exterior styling updates.
- New Performance Package on Limited model includes Brembo brakes, Sachs shocks, wider tires.
- Crosstrek Hybrid discontinued.
- New limited edition Special Edition model available in red or black, builds on Premium trim level but adds some Limited level equipment.
- Full mid-cycle update with revised exterior styling.
- Optional EyeSight collision avoidance tech upgraded, adds automatic high beam headlamps, reverse automatic braking, lane keep assist.
- Sound deadening improved.
- Non-turbo model fuel economy climbs to 26 mpg city, 32 highway, 28 combined.
- Touring trim level adds heated steering wheel, LED headlamps, and new brown interior.
- All-new model on new platform.
- Introduces new infotainment system set to spread to rest of lineup.
- New Sport trim level with its own suspension and steering settings plus brake-activated torque vectoring.
- New 2.5i Sport model slots in above 2.5i Premium with 18-inch wheels and some interior/exterior trim changes.
- Reverse automatic braking and automatic high beams added to Limited models with EyeSight.
- New range-topping Touring adds heated steering wheel, unique roof rack, brown leather seats, and special interior/exterior trim.
- Alloy wheels replace steel wheels with hubcaps on base model.
- Reverse automatic braking and automatic high beams added to Limited, Touring with EyeSight.
- Blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert standard on Limited, Touring.
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment now standard on WRX STI
- Upgraded headliner.
- Reverse automatic braking added to models with EyeSight.