While Subaru’s Impreza line may be best known for its sporting WRX and WRX STI derivatives, the regular old Impreza is a fine choice among compact cars, trusted by legions of drivers for its surefooted nature in any driving conditions along with exemplary fuel efficiency. Not much time has passed since the Impreza was fully redesigned, but Subaru has nonetheless incorporated a few key upgrades into the newly arrived 2015 model to keep things fresh.
Sedan or Hatchback
If you've seen the redesigned new 2015 Legacy sedan, both versions of the new 2015 Impreza feature a new front face that's very similar. Featuring sharper headlamps and a new grille design along with a deeper front air dam and nicely incorporated foglamps, the overall appearance is less cutesy and more grown-up than before.
Sedan models gain a new rear lip spoiler for improved aerodynamics along with new LED center high-mounted stoplight, and thicker side glass with additional sound deadening material reduces wind noise and makes for a quieter cabin.
That interior gains a generous complement of new standard equipment, even on the value-spec 2.0i model. A revamped infotainment system runs a robust suite of in-car apps including Pandora,
Aha and iHeartRadio through a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen, also functioning as the viewfinder for the newly standard rearview camera, and at the higher trim levels, a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes navigation and full voice control.
Also making the transition from the company’s other recent models is Subaru’s EyeSight camera system, which uses a pair of stereoscopic front-facing cameras to bring pinpoint-accurate Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning systems.
Forward motivation once again comes from a 2.0-liter “Boxer” flat-four-cylinder engine, making 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft. of torque and coming mated to either a five-speed manual or a Lineartronic CVT automatic. CVT models gain a new natural-stepped shift pattern with six driver-selectable simulated forward gear ratios to better mimic the feel of a traditional automatic.
Fuel economy gets a small boost, now coming in at 28 city, 37 highway and 31 combined mpg with the efficiency-minded CVT, which Subaru is quick to point out is the best rating among all AWD gas-powered cars.
With big updates to interior tech and attractive new styling, Subaru has successfully managed to keep its entry into the compact car segment fresh for 2015. Whether you rely on Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system to cover icy roads on the way to work or live in Miami but simply want an efficient, fun and surefooted small car, the standout Impreza once again does not fail to impress.
Price and Release Date
With the new 2015 Impreza just weeks away from a nationwide release, pricing is expected to rise just slightly over the current 2014 model, which starts from $17,895.