I have a '15 crosstrek, which at least for that year was identical to the imprezas, just jacked up with more clearance. I love it, it's great, and with the seats down it fits my giant skate skis diagonally in the back. The classic skis can fit diagonally, but it's tight enough to make me nervous so I put them up the middle. Don't know what year you're looking at so it's probably a different size anyway.
You might have covered it, but why no ski box on top?
I mulled over getting an Impreza before buying a Forester, I found the Impreza really snug.
Because I like my fuel economy. Also, the roof boxes are wicked expensive.
Both true and not wicked awesome.
I've used Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza Zipcars and neither of them inspired me.
The Mazdas all felt a bit rattly, as though something was going about to fall apart (but maybe that was because they were thrashed by people who didn't own them). The Subarus felt cramped and had lots of zoom in the first 5% of the throttle range, then nothing after that.
Have you looked at the Hyundai Elantra?
Are you looking new or used? The plus for Subaru, which I'm sure you know, is they're all wheel drive which is great for winter driving, especially for people who drive toward snow rather than away from it. The minus is it gives up some mpg.
The Outback wagons have a split rear seat 1/3 + 2/3 that you can fit skis in with the 1/3 part down if you have passenger(s) that need to sit in the back. I don't know much about Impreza except that it's smaller and last I knew typically has the smaller engine as well.
Shopping the used market recently I (finally) noticed the Outback and Forester got bigger inside starting in 2010. I've had several Outbacks (currently 2) but I think our next one might be a Forester. For whatever reason there are a lot more of them available used than Outbacks. Plus the back seat is now roomy enough to seat tall adults comfortably.
I have a large ski box and yes, it totally kills the mpg of a Subaru. On a large SUV with a V8 it makes a less noticeable difference. Lately I've been leaving it home except when I really need the extra space. Besides the mpg difference it will last longer before I have to replace it.
I got a 2017 Impreza wagon about four months ago and have been very happy with it. It was totally redesigned this year, so you can't go by what people say about previous models. I'd be happy to talk this weekend about pros and cons.
Looking at the Edmunds review
it looks like yes, the 2017 Impreza has more room than its predecessor, but still has the under-powered 2.0L engine.
I'm trying to picture the ski fitting situation -- does "putting them between the seats" mean using one of those ski holes in the middle seat?
Like Greg we have a '15 Subaru Crosstrek. Best car I've ever owned. Absolutely love it. We use a Thule roof cargo box that fits skate skis and still allows the hatch to open 100%. I don't own classic skis so it makes it easier. With Thule aerobars our setup works really well for two kayaks and then a hitch on back to have bikes as well.
Our previous car was a Subaru Legacy Wagon (not made anymore). So we considered the Outback but we don't need the extra storage all the time and we personally think the Crosstrek is a way cooler look. Ours is black (or very dark grey). Don't use the subaru hitch (go third party).
Cristina - putting between the seats I mean the front seats, with both rear seats folded down. The skis are long enough that they come up to about the driver's elbow.
I have a 2012 Mazda 3 which I like a lot. My skate skis just fit behind the passenger seat if the passenger isn't super tall; I rarely transport classic skis or tall people. :) Though I do have kayak paddles between the seats much of the year. I don't find the paddles all that annoying - they make a bit of an elbow rest. It also works to have the paddles or a ski bag between the seats with only the 1/3 side of the rear seat down. It is possible to get two bikes inside with the rear seat fully down though usually mine goes on the roof with the kayak.
We have a 2013 Impreza. Love it! The skis don't bother us sticking out a bit between the seats. It has been a bit cramped with dog in back seat, skis and travel gear. Our second Impreza. First, a 2003 got 25 - 30 mpg, the 2013 gets 30 - 36 mpg. We bought ours with roof bars installed (for extra $) mainly for transporting kayaks, but may be a consideration also for bikes, roof box, etc. BTW: Mountain bike fits snuggly on the folded back seat, but a larger road bike might not.
The 2017 Impreza is Consumer Reports top rated compact car (for what it's worth). I have a printout of their road test, which I'll bring to sprint camp tomorrow.
I did it. Impreza owner. Picking up on Monday.
Good choice -- I love my AWD Subaru! (2005 Legacy sedan with ~175K miles.) I will drive it as long as possible...and then I look forward to getting the sportier CrossTrek. :-)
I hope they fixed the leaking head gasket problem.........
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