2015 Impreza New Car Test Drive
With fresh styling, the 2015 Subaru Impreza is quite dashing and, as before, inexpensive to operate. Its rigid structure, low-mounted boxer four-cylinder engine and on-demand all-wheel drive follow faithfully in the Subaru tradition. Indeed, this fourth-generation Impreza boasts all-weather capability and premium-brand engineering. Yet it's wrapped in well-styled good looks and promises frugal fuel economy.
Impreza comes in four- and five-door models, the latter offering wagon-like utility and nice proportions.
For 2015, all Impreza models have a fresh appearance, along with several notable refinements. A new front end, including the grille, bumper and headlights, gives the 2015 Impreza a closer kinship to Subaru's newly redesigned, larger Legacy.
Newly available EyeSight Driver Assist technology for 2015 includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking and throttle management, plus Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warnings. Offered on Limited four-door and Sport Limited models, the system includes new steering-responsive fog lights that can move independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to enhance illumination in the direction you're turning. All Imprezas now include a rearview camera.
For 2015, the base 2.0i model adds standard cruise control and a 6.2 touch-screen infotainment system with HD radio and Starlink smartphone integration. Subaru claims that new outside mirrors enhance aerodynamics, as does a low-profile trunk spoiler on four-door models. Impreza sedans also have an LED center stoplight.
Limited and Sport models add new welcome lighting. New options for four-door Limited and the Sport Limited include keyless access with pushbutton start. A remote start system is one of many options available at Subaru dealerships.
All Imprezas are powered by a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers 37 mpg Highway/28 mpg City on the EPA cycle, making the Impreza is the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car in America. In fact, Impreza rivals some of the best front-wheel-drive compacts for fuel efficiency.
Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), said to be retuned for 2015 to deliver a more natural stepped shift pattern, now is standard on Premium and Limited models. On the base model, the available CVT has a selectable Low range. Upper models include paddle shifters that provide six virtual ratios, when manual selection is desired. A 5-speed manual gearbox remains standard on the base 2.0i and Sport Premium trim levels.
New infotainment systems are available for 2015. The top infotainment system, offered on four-door Limited and Sport Limited, adds a voice-command navigation system, plus SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather.
Subaru's Impreza delivers an easygoing feel on the road. Though not particularly sporty in nature, this indisputably sensible compact handles very easily (almost in the traditional small-car sense, though updated to modern tastes and technology).
The Subaru Impreza has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick rating. And the Impreza is designated a Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) in all 50 states.
Subaru has long established itself as a builder of rugged small cars. According to the company, some 95 percent of Subarus sold in the past 10 years are still on the road. In addition, the Impreza delivers efficiency, value and appeal.
The 2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i comes in sedan and 5-door models, and in five trim levels, all with a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve flat-opposed four-cylinder engine. At the base level, and in the Sport Premium, the standard transmission is a 5-speed manual. A CVT (continuously variable transmission), which drives like an automatic, is standard in most trim levels and optional in base and Sport Premium editions. (All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)
The Impreza 2.0i sedan with 5-speed manual ($18,195) or CVT ($19,195) comes with cloth upholstery; air conditioning with air filtration; height-adjustable driver's seat; 60/40-split fold-down rear seats; 6.2 infotainment system with 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio, HD radio and Radio Data System, iPod connectivity, USB port and 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Starlink smartphone integration with Aha, Pandora and iHeart Radio; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming; two 12-volt power outlets; cruise control; rearview camera; power door locks; power mirrors; power windows with driver's auto up/down; turn signals with one-touch lane change; rear-window defroster; rear-seat heater ducts; remote fuel door release; tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio/cruise controls; outside temperature gauge; remote keyless entry; security system with engine immobilizer; dual overhead map lights; dual visor vanity mirrors; ECO fuel-economy gauge; automatic-off headlights; carpeted floor mats; trunk spoiler; trunk light; variable intermittent wipers; 15-inch steel wheels with 195/65 R15 all-season tires; and roof-mounted antenna. The 2.0i 5-door ($18,695 with 5-speed manual, $19,695 with CVT) includes all the above plus cargo tie-down hooks, rear window wiper/washer, rear roof spoiler.
Impreza 2.0i Premium sedan ($20,995) and 5-door ($21,495) upgrade to a standard CVT, 16×6.5-inch alloy wheels, 205/55 R16 all-season tires, 6-speaker audio, body-color exterior mirrors, adjustable center armrest, chrome interior door handles, illuminated ignition switch ring; rear stabilizer bar, and cargo cover (5-door). CVT models have a 6-speed manual mode controlled by paddle shifters. Also included is an All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer).
Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium is available with the manual transmission ($20,995) or CVT ($21,995), but only in the five-door body style. Sport Premium includes unique fabric upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, turn signals integrated into mirrors, black roof rails, body-color rocker-panel spoilers, and 17×7 alloy wheels shod with 205/50R17 all-season tires.
Impreza 2.0i Limited sedan ($22,295) and 5-door ($22,795) come standard with the CVT and upgrade to leather-trimmed upholstery; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; rear-seat armrest; 6-speaker premium infotainment system with 7-inch display, SiriusXM satellite radio, dual USB ports, iTunes tagging and SMS text messaging; the All-Weather Package; color LCD in gauge cluster; automatic headlights, automatic climate control, welcome lighting; additional chrome exterior accents, and fog lights. Limited deletes the Sport model's roof rails and rocker panel extensions, and rides on unique bright-finished 17-inch alloy wheels.
Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited ($23,295), strictly a 5-door with the CVT, combines all the interior luxury features of the Limited with the rugged exterior style of the Sport Premium.
A moonroof ($1,000) is available for the Sport Premium 5-door; moonroof and Alloy Wheel package ($1,500) for the Premium sedan. The Alloy Wheel package includes 17-inch wheels, 205/50R17 all-season tires, fog lights, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. with silver stitching. The Limited sedan and Sport Limited 5-door can have a moonroof, keyless access and pushbutton start ($1,500), or those items plus navigation and Eyesight system ($2,795). Dealers, however, offer an overwhelming list of accessories for all models.
Safety features on all models include the six mandated airbags plus a driver's knee airbag, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), vehicle dynamic control (VDC) electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist, brake override system, hill-hold start, all-wheel drive, mandated internal trunk release, child-restraint anchorage system, mandated tire pressure monitor, whiplash-preventive front seats, rearview camera, and 24-hour roadside assistance.