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2015 Subaru Impreza: What You Need to Know

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/11/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The refreshed 2015 Subaru Impreza gains revised headlights, an updated grille and front bumper, a standard rearview camera, available EyeSight system, and better gas mileage. Subaru has also made revisions to make the cabin quieter and improved cabin materials. A new infotainment system lifted from the 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback is also now available.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Subaru Impreza is a compact car sold in five grades, a choice of sedan or hatchback body styles, and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Its sole engine is a 2.0-liter F-4 rated at 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque paired to a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The WRX and WRX STI are new for 2015 but are sold as separate models from the Impreza line, serving as Subaru’s all-wheel-drive performance vehicles.

Overview

Fuel economy is one of the 2015 Impreza’s strong suits, with non-Sport models rated at 25/34 mpg city/highway with the manual and 28/37 mpg with the CVT. Sport variants achieve 24/33 mpg with the manual and 27/36 mpg with the CVT. Handling is good thanks to the car’s all-wheel-drive system and stiff chassis that makes the car composed and fun to drive in twisty roads. Acceleration, however, is leisurely as a result of the car’s heavy weight and weak engine; however, the CVT maximizes the amount of power available and enables the car to climb steep hills easily.

The 2015 Impreza offers generous interior space, with room for four adults and up to 52.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. While the conservative exterior design isn’t as eye-catching, it gives the car more usable space compared to more stylish competitors with less upright greenhouses. Functionality remains the main focus of Subaru’s interiors with large knobs and clean legible gauges and dials.

The 2015 Subaru Impreza has a five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is a recipient of the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ award, earning Good ratings in five categories (Good is the highest possible score) and offering Superior frontal crash prevention (front crash prevention awards include Basic, Advanced and Superior).

What We Think

As the only compact car with standard all-wheel-drive, the 2015 Subaru Impreza is a good all-weather vehicle with a roomy interior and great fuel economy. In a 2012 First Test review, we said that the car had good handling thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and solid chassis, which enable it to take corners at higher speeds and feel composed. However, the car’s fuel economy-minded tires “groaned and squealed during hard cornering,” indicating at their low limits and lack of grip. Its generous interior space and versatility, particularly in hatchback form, makes it a practical choice for families looking for an alternative to midsize sedans.

You’ll Like

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great balance of ride comfort and handling
  • Roomy cabin

You Won’t Like

  • Weak engine
  • Conservative exterior design

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda3
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Kia Forte

Rating

4 star

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