2017 Subaru Impreza: First Drive Review

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Transmission
Although we’re not big fans of CVTs, Subaru does build one of the better continuously variable transmissions on the market. Like other CVTs, hard acceleration results in an annoying revving up and down within Impreza’s engine. With paddle shifters, the simulated gear changes are relatively quick, although it’s unlikely that drivers will use the mode during everyday driving. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to test the manual transmission, but we’d expect it to be quicker off the line as well as more engaging.

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