Subaru has managed to secure plenty of nods by arbiters of automotive quality and safety throughout the years. Ahead of the game in many ways from many of its big wig American, Japanese, Korean and even German competitors as far as reliability, and meat and potatoes comfort factor, Subaru is just plain old good at what it does which is building vehicles. The company’s brand appeal has also led to an enviable loyalty base. As the all-wheel drive king moves more and more vehicles out of their factories, their consumers queue up in anticipation to see what’s new and improved. Enter the 2015 Subaru Impreza.
The Impreza has been tweaked with some exterior aerodynamic styling changes, new bumper grille, sleeker headlights, outboard L-shaped trim pieces. Inside, there is a new center control. Even though the cabin is fairly simple in the looks department, the design is one of refinement and functionality—soft touch materials everywhere your body lands, ample storage and first-rate build quality. Supportive and comfortable seating that welcomes vertically challenged frames front and rear as well. The Impreza also offers great visibility all the way around.
The Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trim levels (the high-performance compact benchmarks WRX and WRX STI are still the ticket!); the hatchback also comes in 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trims. The CVT automatic transmission is available on all models. A well-rounded standard package for the Impreza include—remote keyless entry, manual tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, rear vision camera, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, one-touch lane changer feature for the turn signals, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 6.2-inch touchscreen interface and four-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB/iPod integration and Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora and iHeart Radio. Incline Start Assist is also offered across the board on all models which helps prevent the vehicle from rolling back when moving away from a stop on an incline. The Impreza’s cabin has also been fine-tuned and with sound deadening measures that make for a quieter ride.
Give the Impreza gas and the fun begins. The Impreza (test vehicle was the 2.0i Sport Ltd.) has a tight turning radius, and as far as launch control, it does not propel like its sibling the WRX but it is quick enough for everyday maneuvers. The Impreza has a firm grip on the road particularly in harsh weather conditions. The electric power assist steering feels nicely weighted, ride quality is nimble and absorbent as far as road thumps. Brake-wise, the vehicle’s stopping distances are impressively short. The five-seater comes with a 2.0-liter “boxer” four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horses and 145 lb-ft of torque. At the pumps, the Impreza offers a competitive up to 37 mpg/hwy and 28 mpg/city.
Subaru has long been a major vehicle occupant safety proponent, so the Impreza has a roster of features that includes antilock disc brakes, dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to driver’s side knee airbags, whiplash-reducing front head restraints, traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Subaru’s well-regarded EyeSight drive-assist technology is also available.
An enjoyable, compliant ride with a spacious interior that offers great fuel economy for a non-hybrid, the 2015 Subaru Impreza is hands down, a strong contender in the family sedan market.
Prices start at $18,195. Need more info? www.subaru.com