2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i : Current Models
We have a whole lotta love around here for Subaru’s Impreza-based and turbo-wild WRX and STI. Be that as it may, the base Impreza sedan and five-door are more, well, quietly competent. For 2015, Subaru has given its Imprezas a midcycle update that probably won’t change too many hearts and minds here at Car and Driver but should keep the Impreza relevant and competitive. The enhancements should also help keep Subaru on the enigmatic sales tear it’s been on for a few years now.
The changes start at the very front with a new bumper, grille, outboard L-shaped trim pieces, and headlights, all of which work together to bring newfound class to the Impreza’s visage while better connecting it with the square-jawed 2014 Legacy. New mirrors are said to improve aerodynamics, while sedan models get a new lip spoiler for the same reason.
Little else has changed outside the car—it looks pretty humdrum, quite frankly—but the interior gets some much-needed attention in the form of upgraded materials and more sound deadening (including thicker side-window glass), the latter change directly addressing one of our chief complaints about the current car. The Impreza sedan continues to be offered in base, Premium, and Limited grades, while five-door models add Sport Premium and Sport Limited trim levels. All Imprezas now feature touch-screen infotainment systems—measuring 6.2 inches in lower grades and 7.0 inches in higher trims—as well as cruise control, backup cameras, and, at long last, one-touch turn signals for lane changes. Impreza Limited, Sport Premium, and Sport Limited trim levels also get integrated turn signals for their exterior mirrors, while Limited versions of each body style feature more-sophisticated gauges with an LCD multi-information display.
The Impreza joins the Legacy, Outback, and Forester in offering Subaru’s nifty stereoscopic EyeSight driver-assistance system that combines adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, and lane-departure warning. New to the EyeSight system for 2015 are steering-responsive fog lights that activate individually to help illuminate curves.
Mechanical updates are few. The engine is still a 148-hp boxer four-cylinder with 145 lb-ft of torque, and a five-speed manual transmission continues to serve as the default gearbox for base sedan and Sport Premium models. The CVT is now standard on the rest of the lineup and has been recalibrated to behave more like a six-speed automatic, according to Subaru. As with every new Subaru besides the BRZ, all Imprezas remain all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, EPA-estimated fuel economy has crept up by 1 mpg to 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway for the CVT sedan, while five-speed four-doors get 25/34. Sport models score 1 mpg lower than that across the board.
Given how little has changed underhood, we don’t expect the Impreza’s acceleration to improve much from the 8.0-second 0-to-60-mph time mustered by our manual-equipped 2012 long-termer and 9.0 seconds for a 2012 automatic model we tested, although we’re definitely interested in finding out the extent to which the 2015 Impreza’s quicker steering rack enlivens handling.
Pricing remains unknown at this point, but don’t expect pre-option stickers to rise too much from the $18,690 to $23,990 of the 2014 model range.
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