Subaru is the indie band you loved when nobody knew them, and the 4-star 2018 Impreza 2.0i Sport compact sedan just might be the crossover hit that takes them big time, landing them in movie soundtracks, commercials and three driveways on your block.
Do you still love them? Or are you a fair-weather fan who valued their obscurity as much as the music they made?
Subaru has been the in-crowd's secret for years. Now it also makes several of the world's best cars. It's hard to keep that quiet. Get used to seeing more Subarus.
This is not without risk. Other brands have built a devoted audience around a unique personality, only to lose sight of what made them special as they chased higher sales.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport sedan
All-wheel-drive five-passenger compact sedan
Price as tested: $24,145 (excluding destination charge)
Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
Reasons to buy: Value; all-wheel-drive; controls