New 2017 Subaru Impreza – Release Date, Specs & Info

A spacious, family-friendly interior, great balance between ride and handling quality, and an all-time AWD make the 2017 Subaru Impreza a desirable choice in its category. Some other strengths include a secure handling, an all-time AWD, loads of upscale technologies, and a compliant ride quality. Its release date should be expected sometime during the second half of 2017.

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For starters, it’s pretty much your only choice for a small sedan or hatchback if you want an all-wheel drive. The new model, just like the model before it, comes standard with it, and will give you that extra dose of traction in mundane road conditions.

2017 Subaru Impreza auto show, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Subaru is probably most well known as a company that makes all-wheel drive vehicles that appeal heavily to campers, off-road rally drivers, and skiers. But even if you’re the type who won’t venture anywhere that doesn’t have a shower, there are still many reasons why you should consider getting an Impreza.

2017 Subaru Impreza front angle, headlights and grille

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza has a conservative-looking interior, but a touchscreen interface is standard on every trim level. Its interior might turn off buyers looking for more flair. Others will find it clean and likely to withstand the test of time. Build quality and materials are decent for the segment, highlighted by tight-panel gaps and soft-touch materials.

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The suspension system is sport-tuned and soaks bumps rather comfortably and allows for a secure and steady handling around turns. Also excellent crash test scores and plenty of standard features sum up the Impreza’s bonuses.

2017 Subaru Impreza auto show, side view, alloy wheels

On a sour note though, the Impreza offers a poor audio system, the acceleration is lackluster, and the ride quality is compromised by the incessant engine noise. As such, it would be prudent to look at what the competition offers. One model that comes to mind in this fiercely fought-over battle field is the 2017 Mazda 3. Together with 2017 Ford Focus, they both offer sharp handling, a quick acceleration, and a nice interior.

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Another is the 2017 Volkswagen Golf that offers an upscale and spacious cabin, and a perky turbocharged engine. And finally, you can check out the 2017 Honda Civic. At the end of the day, the new 2017 Subaru Impreza arguably remains an appealing option that will guarantee its users of a robust performance regardless of whether they are cruising on asphalt or on dirt.

2017 Subaru Impreza Engine Specs

Based on EPA ratings, the new 2017 Subaru Impreza provides a remarkable fuel efficiency for an all-wheel drive car. Under the hood, it comes with a horizontally-opposed “boxer” 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 145 lbs. ft. of torque and 148 hp.

2017 Subaru Impreza engine

A five-speed manual transmission system is offered for both the base 2.0i and 2.0i Premium trims, and which is responsible for taking the power generated to the four wheels. Competitive EPA numbers are offered for the class. The manual transmission returns 34/25/28 mpg on the highway/city/combined for both the sedan and non-Sport hatchbacks. The CVT is offered as an option.

On the other hand, the Sport hatchbacks drop the ratings to 33/24/28 mpg. Those with a CVT return 37/28/31 mpg. The top speeds’ figures for the various models are still under wraps for now but we expect them to be made public before the models’ release dates.

Offered Trims – Subaru Impreza

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The 2017 Subaru Impreza Hatchback and Sedan are offered in 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Sport Premium, 2.0i Sport Limited trim models respectively. Both the performance-themed WRX and WRX STI hatchback reviews are disjointedly covered.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Subaru Impreza Interior Review

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The Impreza 2.0i model’s list of accessories and features includes a height-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, a rear spoiler, 15” steel wheels, smartphone app integration, a rear folding 60/40-split seat, air-conditioning, a six-speaker sound system, a CD player, a trip computer, adaptive cruise control, and HD and satellite radio.

2017 Subaru Impreza interior, leather front and rear seats

Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line models offer a 7” touchscreen interface, automatic headlights, satellite and HD radio, foglights, lane-departure warning system, steering responsive foglights, keyless ignition and entry, voice controls, a rear center armrest, automatic climate control, and a leather upholstery.

Price & 2017 Subaru Impreza Release Date

2017 Subaru Impreza Release date

According to various online sources, the Impreza Hatchback should be expected to cost a base MSRP starting from $18,795, and $18,295 for the Impreza Sedan. As for its release date, all rumors point to the latter half of 2017.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 104.1 in
Length: 180.5 in
Width: 68.5 in
Passenger volume: 96.9 ft³
Cargo volume: 12 ft³
Curb weight: 2955 lbs
Top Speed: 124 mph
0-60: 8,4 sec
MPG: 25/34 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasmine Green Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A

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2017 Subaru Impreza interior, gear shift knob

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date, News and Rumors

The demands of the market have managed to push the changes to the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu model. The car was due for a change and it really needed a “pick-m-up” with the latest one slowly becoming redundant and unnecessary for the brand. The new one is going to keep the model in contention and will grant it a longer stint on the market as they are ready to embrace a more lighter, leaner and absolutely more fuel-efficient car.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu spy shots, side view

The previous model did not offer an V-6 engine nor a 2.0 liter displacement and nor have they announced as a possible option not even the later parts of the design of the vehicle. This was seen as a very bad idea and is slowly started to dwindle the sales of the Malibu model as all other rivaling cars have started to turn towards a more fuel-efficient future.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu rear view, white color, taillights and tailpipe

But the future of the car does not only mean changing the engine and offering the one that other people are using, that would be too easy and would not work in a long run. Thus the car has managed to shed 300-pounds of weight and put on a more leaner and handsome looking shape. It also grew a bit in size and brought us a more balanced design and a more easier offer. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu now has the looks of a vehicle that deserves a top-entry in the upper echelon of mid-size sedan class and this review confirms it. The release date has been confirmed so read about all the specs and latest news here.

Exterior

2017 Chevrolet Malibu front angle, headlights and grille

With the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu release and its change with the exterior, we do hope that this car has enough to make it a better choice compared to the competition which is looking pretty hot right now. Vehicles like 2017 Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy and even the Honda Accord sedan are pretty handsome looking vehicles, so it will be quite an achievement if the Malibu gets an upper hand compared to them.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu auto show, front view, headlights and grille

We do agree that the greatest fault for the downfall of the Chevy Malibu was the 2013 model and the changes brought then which were fixed a bit in 2015 but not greatly so. Thus new 2017 model is putting the car right back on the map by tiding things up with svelte proportions and a longer body. It also does something that all the rivaling cars have started already doing, and that is incorporating some European like features to their models.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

The car has a subtle wave placed to the side, there is a greenhouse placed around the front and takes up two thirds of the car now and the accents come even more with the thinner front pillars that are also shaped up here. The back side uses some narrow headlights and there is a hexagonal exhaust tip protruding out. The headlights have been reshaped as well and the larger grille to the front gives us a stylish and more balanced exterior that the car did not have before.

Interior

2017 Chevrolet Malibu interior, steering wheel, dashboard

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu puts to use a very charming and elegant exterior. Actually it is much better than people think and will be considered one of the most underrated designs used, well at least due release date after which they will finally try it and see firsthand what the fuss is all about. The inside has a swoopy, upright, two-tier layout of the dash that uses the conventional shape to its advantage. The dash is also lowered and pushed forward a bit.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu interior, leather front and rear seats

The center stack is arranged in order to use the bigger MyLink infotainment screens now and at the same time adds some more interesting trim choices. This is being done in terms of fabrics and materials that are utilized here. The panels are wrapped in fabric on lower trims but the upper ones get a metallic-look and combine with a leather-looking synthetic wrap featured on the dash and the console as well. The plastic trim has luckily been thrown out the Chevrolet Malibu 2017 uses a lot less bright work than it had before, shaping to a brilliant design for the car.

Engine specs

2017 Chevrolet Malibu engine

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is shaping its engine offer quite nicely. They are actually following a design that was considered as unheard of for the past models. A 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine is being used here with a steady production of 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A  6-speed automatic transmission is going to combine the powertrain as well and will provide better shifting and enhanced fuel economy as well.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu engine view

The 2LT and Premier models are going to have a different sort of an offer as they come bearing a 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 250 hp and 258 lb-ft. This one is going to be hooked to a Aisin 8-speed automatic transmission , the same one from the Volvo XC90 models, as it brings smoother and generally better shifting ability.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3.4 in. (111.4 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 1.8 in. (193.8 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1 in. (73 in.)
Passenger volume: 103 ft³
Cargo volume: 16 ft³
Curb weight: 3086 lbs
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 8,0 sec
MPG: 27/37 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Autumn Bronze Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Butte Red Metalllic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs

Release date and price

2017 Chevrolet Malibu release date

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu has finally deiced to renovate and we are very excited that they are finally offering a setup which is going to be on a par with the modern versions in the segment. The model is going to be released next year so we have to keep still for a while more. The car’s release date is set at around February. The price starts at a base MSRP of 21,625 USD for the entry level Malibu.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Release Date & Info

With an impressive 27 miles of an all-electric range, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) builds on the already compelling Sonata Hybrid. It’s a must-drive if you’re considering a car with a plug that also features impressive pros such as a nifty self-charging feature, a spacious and well-appointed interior, good overall fuel economy rating, a refined driving dynamic, and segment-leading all-electric range. Its date of release should be expected in January 2017.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid side view, white color

Similar to anchovies and asparagus, PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) are an acquired state. And with the current state of affairs particularly for shoppers in the U.S, there is still that notion that they don’t taste very good, even though most have never given them a shot let alone the benefit of the doubt.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid front angle, grille

As of this writing, these unique vehciles only account for a mere 1% of new cars. But with the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Hyundai hopes to turn these statistics in its favor. And although it will only grace dealerships in the so-called ZEV states, it is hoped it will leave a better taste on shoppers’ mouths.

Just like in the Toyota Prius, the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid also combines a useful amount of conventional gas-electric hybrid system with that of the all-electric driving capability. It is configured in such a way that it first utilizes the battery power until it is exhausted then automatically switches to the hybrid engine.

2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV front view, headlights and grille

This therefore means you don’t have to worry about running out of power in the middle of the highway such as what you’d experience with an all-electric vehicle. One notable problem often associated with PHEVs is the cost factor, as plug-in vehicles cost more than regular hybrids.

2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV front view, tailpipe and taillights

With its impressive 27 miles of an all-electric range, this is will be the second shot the company is giving on PHEVs. It features an electric motor and a larger battery that what is conventionally offered. And once the range is depleted, you still get an impressive fuel consumption rating of 40 mpg in combined mode. The interesting thing here is that the depleted battery starts charging once you switch to the gas-electric hybrid mode.

2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV exterior, side view, alloy wheels

It will only take you three hours to recharge a parked Sonata plug-in battery between drives using the standard 240V power outlet. Although the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is hard to beat in its segment, there are a few daring rivals that are willing to give it a run for its money. They include the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi, and the 2017 Chevrolet Volt. The latter offers an impressive 53 miles of EV range but falls short on other aspects.

Trims Available – Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

The new 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV is available in only two trims: the base, and the Limited trim.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV Exterior Colors

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid exterior, alloy wheels

The base 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV offers keyless entry and ignition, a leatherette door trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hands-free trunk lid, 17″ leather-wrapped alloy wheels, rear cross traffic alert, LED taillights and running lights, a steering leather upholstered wheel, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, a blind-spot monitor, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, lane-change assist, an 8″  display touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, a premium Dimension audio system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 4.2-inch color driver information center, front heated seats, USB and auxiliary audio input, and an eight-way power driver seat.

2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Upgrading to the Limited gets you a six-way power front passenger seat, an electronic parking brake, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, a forward collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, an upgraded Infiniti sound system, a woodgrain-look interior inlay, a heated steering wheel, xenon headlights, a perforated leather upholstery, driver memory settings, ventilated front seats, and a lane departure warning system.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid exterior, alloy wheels

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Engine Specs

Under the hood of the new 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV is a 2.0L engine rated at 154 horsepower. The engine is additionally mated to a 67-hp (50kW) electric motor. This combination yields up to 202 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission system available delivers the power to the front wheels.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid engine

Once the charge is gone, the 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery is recharged by the same engine and also via the regenerative braking system. EPA says its power in combined mode (city/highway/combined) should be expected to be 40 mpg.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.4 in. (73.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 106 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13,3 cu ft
Curb weight: 3787 lbs
Top Speed: 119 mph
0-60: 8,1 sec
MPG: 39/43 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Diamond White Pearl, Eclipse Black, Pewter Gray Metallic and Seaport Mist
Towing Capacity: N/A

Price & Release Date – 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Its release date as per various online sources should be expected in January 2017. With about $34,600, you’ll be sure to get the base model of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid once it is released to the market.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid interior, leather seats