The Impreza front end has a new front bumper, grille and headlights for a familial resemblance to all-new 2015 Legacy. A new exterior mirror enhances aerodynamics, as does a low-profile trunk spoiler on four-door models. The sedans also have LEDs (light emitting diodes) for the center high mounted stoplight.
Impreza’s updated design includes new measures to make the ride quieter, including additional sound deadening and thicker side glass windows with improved sealing. A quick ratio electric power assisted steering, standard on all models, enhances handling agility.
Under the Hood
All Impreza models are powered by a 148- hp 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine mated to standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission is now standard for the Premium and Limited trims. A five-speed manual continues as standard in the base 2.0i and the Sport Premium trims.
The 2015 Impreza also gets improved fuel economy, strengthening its position as having the highest fuel economy of all gasoline All-Wheel Drive cars offered in the United States. Its EPA estimated ratings of up to 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for models with the Lineartronic CVT are comparable with front-wheel drive cars.
Technology & Infotainment System
On Limited, Sport Premium and Sport Limited trims, exterior mirrors feature integrated turn signals. The Limited and Sport Limited trims also have new “welcome” lighting and an upgraded instrument cluster with center-mounted LCD color display and a steering wheel mounted control switch. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start system and PIN code access are new options on the four-door Limited and Sport Limited.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering- Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn.
For 2015, Subaru has significantly upgraded 2015 Impreza’s infotainment capability. A new standard 6.2 infotainment system in the Impreza 2.0i provides a multitude of music and information sources, all through a 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display with single- touch gesture control. The display also functions for the newly standard Rear Vision Camera.
The system integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora and iHeart Radio; Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod control capability and iTunes Tagging capability, a USB port and aux. input jack, and four speakers. The Impreza 2.0i Premium features the same system, but with six speakers.
The MSRP on the 2015 Subaru Impreza is $22,295.
[author image=”http://www.samaonline.org/Ron.jpg” ]Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.[/author]