2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon

2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon
2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon

2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 34 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Regular Unleaded H-4, 148 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Subaru Impreza is a compact sedan or hatchback that stands as a very strong value, offering standard all-wheel drive in models that are priced competitively with others' front-wheel-drive models.

The Impreza is also the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car available in America and offers confident handling, in part because of that drivetrain. The Impreza is a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

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What's New For 2015

Subaru has given the Impreza a nice refresh for 2015. The front fascia has been redesigned, giving the car a fresher, more streamlined look, while also giving it a stronger family resemblance to the Legacy. The interior of the car has been upgraded as well with several new standard features, including a backup camera, a new infotainment system and higher quality trim materials. The Lineartronic CVT now comes standard on Premium models and fuel economy has gotten a little bit better for 2015.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.2" Multimedia System -inc: Base type, AM/FM w/HD single disc CD player, MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, single touch gesture high resolution 6.2" LCD display screen, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, iTunes tagging capability, smartphone integration, AHA infotainment, Pandora, iHeart radio, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack and 4 speakers
  • Exterior Features
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P195/65R15 89H AS
    • Wheels: 15" x 6.0JJ Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
  • Interior Features
    • Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat pump lever height adjuster, driver and passenger full width fore/aft adjustment lever, height and tilt adjustable head restraints and whiplash protection front seats
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder SMFI -inc: Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 4.11 Axle Ratio
    • 48-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 110 Amp Alternator
    • 4299# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 22.5
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 52.4
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 110
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 148 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 145 @ 4200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 104.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 174
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 68.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 97.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 34
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru Impreza Wagon
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.45
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.89
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.30
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.33
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.11
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Station Wagon
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.4 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2955
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Crystal Black Silica Crystal Black Silica Crystal White Pearl Crystal White Pearl Dark Gray Metallic Ice Silver Metallic Jasmine Green Metallic Quartz Blue Pearl Venetian Red Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Jasmine Green Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Venetian Red Pearl

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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.


Flaunting its freshly-revised front end, which hasn’t changed dramatically but benefits from a more refined appearance, the 2015 Subaru Impreza presents a dynamically forward-thrusting shape. The base of its A-pillar is planted well forward, which rakes the windshield steeply back, resulting in a sleek, modern profile. But this is more than just a pretty face.

In overall length the Impreza sedan measures just 180.3 inches; the 5-door is actually shorter, at 173.8 inches. But the aggressive cabin shape, besides looking great, allowed Subaru designers to achieve startling interior space and efficiency. The Impreza is roomy, comfortable, and easy to get in and out of. The front door opening is enormous, and the rear door opening fairly large, too.

In other respects as well, the Impreza is pleasing and modern. Its low, short hood and streamlined shape contribute to an enthusiastic form that moves through the air efficiently, registering a low coefficient of drag of 0.31 for the 4-door and 0.33 Cd for the 5-door. The nose is aggressive, with air intakes shrouded for the lowest amount of aerodynamic drag. The rakishly shaped headlight clusters seem to glower with determination. The Impreza’s sides have three character lines, thrusting downward and ahead. Finally, the wheel wells are surrounded by a distinctive flat semicircular bevel that keeps the profile from looking too heavy.

It’s fairly easy to distinguish one grade from another, based on wheel designs. Base 2.0i models wear basic 7-spoke covers over steel wheels. Premium models upgrade to alloy wheels of a pleasingly simple 10-spoke design (actually five split-spokes). Limited rims look sophisticated and airy, if somewhat busy; they have 15 spokes total, 10 of which are visually paired, so 5 pairs alternate with 5 singles. Add fog lights and a dash of chrome here and there, and the Limited is hands-down the most elegant and mature of the line. Sport-model rims feature 10 wide, flattened, angular spokes that, with their gunmetal-grey finish, manage to look at once sturdy and tortured. Topped with their conspicuous black roof racks, Sport models look more ready for a safari than a road rally.

All in all, the Impreza is one of the most attractive small cars in the marketplace, eschewing the cheap/minimalist theme of some others for an appearance of true chic.


Entering the cabin for the first time, the Impreza has an airy, nicely stylish feel, with a relatively low beltline and a large greenhouse containing big windows that welcome the outside world. The instrumentation looks simple and straightforward, as opposed to high-tech and demanding. Overall, it’s a look that is fully in keeping with Subaru’s gee-whiz-free approach. The dashboard and switchgear are covered with very nice soft-touch materials that give them an expensive, adult feel.

In keeping with this well-equipped theme, all Impreza models are fitted with a driver-side knee airbag, complementing the full standard array of mandated airbags.

Similarly, the layout and dispersion of instruments and controls is nicely intuitive; you feel you understand all you need to, from the first exposure to them. The main dials for engine speed (redline 6600 rpm) and vehicle speed are black-on-white and almost disappointingly plain, in keeping with Subaru’s no-nonsense tone. The cruise control, audio control and hands-free phone controls on the steering wheel are dead simple, with little toggles that do their job well. A small multi-function Information display is located dead ahead, between the tachometer and speedometer.

In addition to the speedometer and tachometer, there’s only a bar-type fuel gauge and an MPG indicator below the speedometer. Gauges are easy to read at a glance. The central video information/navigation screen is rather small, but details and text are clear and sufficiently crisp, despite a soft pastel map appearance. The screen is in a rather low position, but that’s typical.

The available navigation system incorporates Subaru’s Aha smartphone integration, whose features include radio stations, newsfeeds, audiobooks and more. Aha uses the Nav system’s synthetic voice and voice-activation technology not only to receive commands, but to read Tweets, podcasts, etc. out loud, so drivers are less tempted to take their eyes off the road.

The over-left-shoulder view is narrowed between pillar and headrest; but otherwise, visibility is quite good. Imprezas have an unusually low cowl and low steering wheel, which are great for forward visibility. You can almost see the front of the hood, which is a rarity on contemporary automobiles.

Front seats are average in terms of comfort and lateral support, appropriate to this thrifty, fuel-efficient car’s place in the market. Seatbacks are tall enough to provide some whiplash protection to bigger drivers. Despite a short driver’s seat bottom, the Impreza delivers good thigh support, coupled with very good back support. Even with a sunroof, head space is ample. The driver’s left elbow is somewhat constricted, but legroom is fine.

In the rear compartment, legroom is resourcefully increased by scalloping out the backs of the front seats. To be specific, rear occupants get 35.6 inches of leg space. Side positions are roomy (though the headliner looks and feels strictly utilitarian even on the Limited model). The center position might be tolerable, except for the intrusive floor hump and the typical hard seatback.

Trunk volume in the 4-door sedan is 12.0 cubic feet, but the 5-door, with its cargo room maximized, delivers a generous 52.4 cubic feet (22.5 cubic feet behind the back seat). Lift-over height is moderate at 27 inches.

The Impreza’s basic climate-control system is absolutely straightforward and powerful, and the audio is good by contemporary standards; not exceptional, but acceptable. On the down side, markings on the three rotary knobs for adjustment of automatic climate control are unclear, so it’s not easy to tell where the knob is pointing. The body-color electric outside mirrors are large enough for decent rearward visibility.

Subaru advises that the updated design for 2015 included steps to quiet the ride, including additional sound-deadening material and thicker, better-sealed window glass

This is a comfortable, well-furnished interior, fully in keeping with Subaru’s down-to-earth practicality. The Impreza is a simple economy sedan in some respects, but with sufficient style and comfort to attract buyers well beyond the Subaru faithful.

Driving Impressions

The Impreza is definitely a Subaru. The small 2.0-liter flat-4 is no racer, of course; but with its efficient twin-cam heads it develops 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. While those may not be big numbers, remember that the base Impreza sedan weighs just 2955 pounds.

Impreza scores an EPA-estimated 28/37 mpg City/Highway with the CVT. Those are impressive numbers; all the more so considering that Impreza comes with all-wheel drive and compares well against some of the best front-drive compacts: Ford Focus (26/38 mpg), Toyota Corolla (29/38), and Honda Civic (30/39). (All figures are for base engine and automatic transmission or CVT.) Also in its favor, the Impreza qualifies as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) in all 50 states.

Our drives in Imprezas have demonstrated one great, somewhat surprising plus: performance. At Interstate speeds, Subaru’s compact accelerates crisply and is delighted to cruise calmly and steadily at high speeds. Acceleration is quite spirited from a standstill, if a bit less brisk when pushing the pedal at 50 or 55 mph; but even when passing or merging, speed is rising faster than it seems. Little added engine noise stems from the CVT, except when pushing hard; and even then, it’s tolerable, unlikely to annoy.

We found the continuously variable transmission a big improvement over earlier CVTs, including Subaru’s own early version. The transmission has lost that feeling of being dragged around by a rubber band. The transmission still varies its ratio in response to engine speed, but it doesn’t do this as numbingly, promoting more direct control of acceleration and speed. Except for lack of shifts, in fact, you’d hardly know this was a CVT. Even non-CVT fans have to give it good marks for what it accomplishes, without fuss.

Our Limited 4-door had steering column-mounted paddle-shifters, the left-hand paddle for downshifts and the right-hand paddle for upshifts. Anyone used to the kind of vehicle control provided by a manual transmission, but not wishing to thump a clutch pedal every few seconds, will probably find these paddle-shifters a must. And the Subaru transmission doesn’t play games. Within reason, you get the shift you asked for. Most drivers, on the other hand, will feel little compulsion to use paddles, even if they’re installed.

The transmission has another brilliant provision. With the console gearshift lever in the right-hand position, the CVT will make fully automatic shifts aimed at maximum fuel mileage. You can still paddle-shift in this fully automatic mode, the transmission waiting a brief period before shifting to the most efficient virtual cog. But if you insist on absolute paddle-shift control of the transmission, you merely move the shift lever to the left. From then on, when you make a paddle shift, the transmission holds that gear in play until you select another gear. This allows downshifting to control your car’s speed descending a grade, because the downshift order stays in effect. If you want to, you can paddle-shift down two or three gears, presuming you will not over-rev the engine. This capability may be useful for downshifting into corners in wet weather or snow.

Some Impreza road-testers have faulted the artificially sudden throttle tip-in from a standing start. It may make the car seem faster than it is, but they found it annoying and unnecessary. We weren’t troubled by this characteristic when driving a 2015 Subaru Impreza Limited sedan. Compared to excessively swift tip-in exhibited by some cars, the latest Impreza seemed to start off in a reasonable manner.

Whether equipped with the 5-speed or the CVT, all Impreza models feature Incline Start Assist, which helps prevent the vehicle from rolling back when moving away from a stop on an incline.

Expect a comfortable and trouble-free ride, as the Impreza glides over most roughness and copes effectively with all but the harshest bumps and holes.

The Impreza’s electronic steering delivers nicely firm, but not heavy, steering effort, while contributing a 2-percent savings in fuel efficiency. As a result, the steering feel is confident and positive, as if there’s no doubt that the Impreza will go where it’s pointed, with minimal bother. Impreza cornering and stability are surprisingly good even at relatively high cornering speeds. The suspension keeps the car remarkably flat and stable. However, when taken to its cornering limit, a large amount of body roll takes place. We found the Impreza much more pleasant at a sporty pace than at a racy pace, which is how it should be.

The braking system has all the expected supporting systems: Electronic Brake Distribution, ABS and Brake Assist. The brakes have fairly good feel and performed powerfully even in very wet conditions.


Subaru Impreza is a value leader, yielding better fuel mileage than a tiny Fiat 500. Standard all-wheel drive ensures stable handling in the worst weather. An Impreza is more comfortable than expected and even a touch glamorous, yet it still embodies all of the admired practicality that has placed Subaru among the most owner-loyal brands anywhere. On top of all that, it looks great.

Ted West filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from New York. John F. Katz contributed from South Central Pennsylvania. James M. Flammang reported on the 2015 Impreza Limited from the Chicago area.

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