Launched in 1992, the Impreza quickly became one of Subaru’s most iconic vehicles, mostly due to its successful early campaigns in the World Rally Championship. Kept in production for eight years until 2000, the first-generation Impreza was sold with a bevy of flat-four engines displacing from 1.5 to 2.5 liters and in three body styles, four-door coupe, sedan, and five-door hatchback. The second-gen model, also known as the "bugeye era" Impreza was built between 2000 and 2007, and it was the first to lack a coupe version. The third-generation model followed in 2007, with a refresh to occur for the 2012 model year. For the fourth-gen model, Subaru discontinued the 2.5-liter engine, leaving the Impreza with only a 2.0-liter four-banger mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT. For the 2015 model year, Subaru prepared a refreshed front fascia, updated convenience features and minor drivetrain tweaks for improved fuel economy.

Unlike its predecessor, the revised Impreza moves closer to the larger Legacy in terms of styling. Updates also add technology improvements across the lineup, which each trim gaining new standard equipment. Read on for the full details.

Updated 09/11/2015: Subaru announced prices for the 2016 Impreza, which will arrive at Subaru retailers in late fall. The model was heavily revised for the 2015 model year, so this year it will remain unchanged. Prices will start from $18,295 - an increase of just $100 over last year.

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  • 2015 - 2016 Subaru Impreza
  • Year:
    2015- 2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-4
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    148 @ 6200
  • MPG(Cty):
    28
  • MPG(Hwy):
    37
  • Torque @ RPM:
    145 @ 4200
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    18295 (Est.)
  • Price:
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Exterior

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New-design exterior mirrors are also in place to further reduce aero drag.

The most noticeable visual changes have been operated up front, where the Impreza gained a reshaped lower bumper area, and revised grille and headlamps. The changes aren’t dramatic, but they do freshen up the Impreza and thanks to its 2015 Legacy-inspired cues. A bit more aggressive than before, the new apron comes with fog lamps on higher-trim models.

The 2015 Impreza remains essentially unchanged around back, with the sedan version receiving a new spoiler for improved aerodynamics and LED high-mounted stoplights. New-design exterior mirrors are also in place to further reduce aero drag. The mirrors are fitted with integrated turn signals on the Limited, Sport Premium and Sport Limited trims.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 180.3 inches (4-door), 173.8 inches (5-door)
Width 68.5 inches
Height 57.7 inches
Wheelbase 104.1 inches
Track (front/rear) 59.4 inches/59.6 inches

Interior

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Actual design modifications consist of only new door and shifter trim.

Inside, Subaru has enhanced each of the Impreza’s trim by updating certain features and making previously optional features standard. Notable changes include a new infotainment system with a seven-inch color touchscreen and an updated instrument cluster with an LCD color display. Rearview camera is now a standard feature on every model, as is the one-touch lane changer for the turn signals, while buyers can get the company’s EyeSight driver assistance package on the Limited trim.

Actual design modifications consist of only new door and shifter trim. Expect for the cabin to be quieter too, thanks to Subaru’s improved sealing and thicker side windows. On the Limited and Sport Limited trims, Subaru offers a voice command navigation system with SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather services.

Drivetrain

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Although the engine remains unaltered as far as output goes, the Japanese report slightly improved fuel economy.

The 2015 model year Impreza retains its 2.0-liter, boxer, four-cylinder engine and the same 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque that come with it. Likewise, the unit mates to either the five-speed manual or the CVT offered the previous year. The latter is now standard for the Premium and Limited trims and Subaru says it has been tuned to provide "a more natural shift pattern." As for the base 2.0i and the Sport Premium trims, they continue with the five-speed manual as standard.

Although the engine remains unaltered as far as output goes, Subaru reports slightly improved fuel economy. The EPA ratings now stand at up to 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined for the cars equipped with the CVT transmission. That’s one mpg more when compared to the 2014 model and pretty good for a vehicle with all-wheel drive.

Naturally, Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive is standard on all models, but the system comes in two different types, each tailored for the transmission they work with. The manual Imprezas, for instance, are fitted with a Continuous AWD system that uses a viscous-coupling locking center differential that distributes torque equally front to rear. The CVT cars, on the other hand, use Active Torque Split AWD, which features an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch that controls power distribution according to driver input, driving conditions and wheel slippage.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Type 2.0-liter 4-cyl. BOXER engine
Output 148 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Torque 145 LB-FT @ 4,200 RPM
Bore and stroke 84mm x 90mm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Fuel economy 28 mpg city / 37 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined

Prices

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2016 Subaru Impreza - Prices

Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
Impreza 4-door Models
2.0i 5MT 01 $18,295 $19,090
2.0i CVT 01 $19,295 $20,090
2.0i Premium CVT 11,12 $21,095 $21,890
2.0i Limited CVT 21,22,23 $22,595 $23,390
Impreza 5-door Models
2.0i 5MT 01 $18,795 $19,590
2.0i CVT 01 $19,795 $20,590
2.0i Premium CVT 11 $21,595 $22,390
2.0i Limited CVT 21 $23,095 $23,890
2.0i Sport Premium 5MT 11 $21,095 $21,890
2.0i Sport Premium CVT 11,14,16 $22,095 $22,890
2.0i Sport Limited CVT 21,22,23 $23,595 $24,390

2015 Subaru Impreza - Prices

Model/Trim Transmission Available Option Package MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
Impreza 4-door models
2.0i 5MT 01 $18,195 $18,990
2.0i CVT 01 $19,195 $19,990
2.0i Premium CVT 11,12 $20,995 $21,790
2.0i Limited CVT 21,22,23 $22,295 $23,090
Impreza 5-door models
2.0i 5MT 01 $18,695 $19,490
2.0i CVT 01 $19,695 $20,490
2.0i Premium CVT 11 $21,495 $22,290
2.0i Limited CVT 21 $22,795 $23,590
2.0i Sport Premium 5MT 11 $20,995 $21,790
2.0i Sport Premium CVT 11,14 $21,995 $22,790
2.0i Sport Limited CVT 21,22,23 $23,295 $24,090

Packages

OP 01 Standard Model 2.0i Base N/A
OP 11 Standard Model 2.0i Premium or Sport Premium N/A
OP 12 Alloy Wheel Package + Moonroof $1,500
OP 14 Moonroof $1,000
OP 21 Standard Model 2.0i Limited or Sport Limited N/A
OP 22 Moonroof + Keyless Access & Start $1,500
OP 23 Moonroof + Navigation System + EyeSight +Keyless Access & Start $2,795

Competition

Mitsubishi Lancer

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The Mitsubishi Lancer has been the Impreza’s main competitor globally ever since Subaru launched its iconic nameplate in 1992. For 2015, the Impreza is the newest of the pack, with the current update coming only three years into the generation’s life. The Lancer, on the other hand, has been around since 2007 and a bit long in the tooth, although several updates have been offered since then.

In its current form, the Lancer has two engines at its disposal. The base ES model comes with a 2.0-liter, inline-four rated at 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, while the SE and GT trims are equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-banger that generates 168 ponies and 167 pound-feet. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or a CVT with six-step Sportronic and paddle shifters.

The base Lancer ES returns up to 34 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city. Pricing begins from $17,395 for the ES, $20,595 for the GT and $20,995 for the SE.

Continue reading our Mitsubishi Lancer review here.

Honda Civic

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Known for its rock-solid reliability, the Honda Civic is one of the best-selling cars in its segment. The sedan was redesigned for the 2012, and, unlike other manufacturers, it added revision for 2013 and 2014 as well. No longer the econo-box we saw in 2012, the 2015 Civic features a more exciting exterior and a driver-oriented interior with a split-dash design.

A choice of three drivetrains are available for the sedan, starting with the 1.8-liter, inline-four, gasoline engine rated at 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Customers can also opt for a hybrid that combines a 1.5-liter four-banger and an electric motor for a total output of 110 ponies and 127 pound-feet. Lastly, a natural-gas version motivated by the same 1.8-liter unit cranks out 110 horsepower and 106 pound-feet. The gasoline version returns 39 mpg on the highway, while the hybrid is good for 47 mpg.

Pricing for the sedan begins from $18,490. The Hybrid checks in at $24,635, while the Civic Natural Gas will set you back at least $26,640.

Continue reading our review on Honda Civic here.

Conclusion

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Subaru has updated the current Impreza on a yearly basis ever since the redesigned model was launched for 2012. Although not exactly worthy of the term facelift, the 2015 model year update is the first to bring significant visual changes. Of course, the decision to bring the Impreza closer to the Legacy in terms of design is questionable, but not exactly surprising. Like many of its competitors, Subaru is also aiming to have its vehicles defined by global design, and the 2015 Impreza is just a small step in a wider process. One thing’s certain, the 2015 Subaru Impreza can stand its ground for two more years.

  • Leave it
    • No output enhancements
    • Cabin visuals virtually unchanged
    • Tough market

Updated History

Updated 10/09/2014: Subaru announced prices for the 2015 Impreza which goes on sale today. Prices will range from $18,195 for the 2.0i version up to $23,295 for the 2.0i Sport Limited version.

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc., which has posted record-breaking sales every year for the past six years, has introduced a comprehensively upgraded Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s innovative, award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

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All Impreza models are powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine and feature standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. For 2015, the Lineartronic CVT is now standard for the Premium and Limited trims and it has been tuned to provide a more natural stepped shift pattern. A 5-speed manual continues as standard in the base 2.0i and the Sport Premium trims.

The 2015 Impreza offers improved fuel economy, strengthening its position as offering the highest fuel economy of any gasoline All-Wheel Drive car 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® continuously variable transmission (CVT) are comparable with front-wheel drive cars.

New Look, New Value
The 2015 Impreza debuts revised front styling with a new front bumper, grille and headlights that give it a closer kinship to the all-new 2015 Legacy®. A new exterior mirror enhances aerodynamics, as does a low-profile trunk spoiler on 4-door models. The sedans also feature 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.

Already one of the best-equipped models in its segment, the Impreza gains additional standard features to enhance value for 2015. The base 2.0i model gains standard cruise control and a touch-screen infotainment system, and all trims now have a standard Rear Vision Camera and one-touch lane changer feature for the turn signals.

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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 4-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. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.

New Infotainment and Rear Vision Camera
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 upgrade infotainment system is standard for the Impreza 2.0i Limited trims and works through 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control that offers swipe and scrolling gesture control. This system offers six-speaker audio and all of the features of the base system plus voice-activated controls; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required); a vehicle information display; SMS text messaging, iTunes® Tagging capability and dual USB ports.

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The top infotainment system, optional for the 4-door Limited and Sport Limited trims, adds a navigation system that can be controlled with voice commands. This option expands information content with SiriusXM NavTraffic® and NavWeather® services (subscriptions required) and more.

Fun for the Driver, Comfort for the Passengers
Built on a 104.1-inch wheelbase, the Impreza offers one of the roomiest cabins in its segment. Rear seat passengers have 35.4 inches of legroom. Five-door models offer an impressive 22.5 cu. ft. of space behind the rear seat that expands to 52.4 cu. ft. with the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded to create a flat load floor.

Liquid (hydraulic) engine mounts on models with the CVT help to dampen vibration. The double-wishbone rear suspension features pillow ball bushings for exemplary ride comfort, straight-line stability and handling agility.

The Impreza’s 2.0-liter 4-cyl. BOXER engine produces 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. The long-stroke configuration (84mm bore and 90mm stroke) emphasizes low and mid-range torque. The camshafts are chain driven, reducing long-term servicing costs. Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing optimizes torque performance and emissions.

The responsive BOXER engine can be matched to a 5-speed manual transmission or the lighter, more compact second-generation version of the Lineartronic CVT that is now also offered in all 2015 Subaru models except the BRZ sports car. All Impreza models (5-speed and CVT) feature Incline Start Assist, which helps prevent the vehicle from rolling back when moving away from a stop on an incline.

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All Imprezas with the CVT, except the base 2.0i, feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission. In the base 2.0 models with the CVT, a driver-selectable Low shift mode can provide additional engine braking when traveling down a grade, to enhance vehicle control.

Other technologies that help boost fuel efficiency in the Impreza include electric power assist steering (now with a quicker ratio for 2015), along with low rolling resistance tires. An ECO gauge in the instrument panel encourages economical driving.

Proven Subaru Quality and Value
In addition to its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the 2015 Subaru Impreza delivers exceptional value throughout. Rich looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. Roomy door pockets can hold plastic drink bottles and large maps. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold all manner of today’s personal items, such as phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

The 2015 Impreza 2.0i offers one of the best values in the compact class. Its lengthy list of standard amenities includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel; Rear Vision Camera, cruise control; power windows, door locks and side mirrors; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat backs; outside temperature gauge; a multi-function display with fuel economy information; steering wheel audio and Bluetooth® control switches; remote keyless entry system; security system with engine immobilizer; variable intermittent windshield wipers and a low windshield washer fluid warning light. Carpeted floor mats, an extra-cost option in many cars, are standard in all Impreza models.

The 2.0i Premium increases handling agility with standard 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear suspension stabilizer bar. For 2015, the 2.0i Premium gains the Lineartronic CVT as standard. The All-Weather Package, which includes 2-stage heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer, is also standard. The 2.0i Premium 4-door offers an Alloy Wheel Package that, in addition to 17-inch alloy wheels, also includes a power moonroof, fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching, plus other trim upgrades.

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For an even sportier driving experience and appearance, the 2015 Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium is a 5-door model with a more aggressive stance from body-color rocker panel spoilers and standard 17-inch alloy wheels to further enhance agility. This trim also brings fog lights, turn-signal mirrors, roof rails, unique seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. A power moonroof is available as a standalone option.

Topping the 2015 Impreza range, the Limited and Sport Limited (5-door only) trims deliver the highest level of comfort and convenience offered in the Impreza line. Leather seating is standard, along with the new upgraded infotainment system, turn signal exterior mirrors, a color LCD in the gauge cluster, Welcome Lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching. Additional exterior chrome trim also distinguishes the Limited trims.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Two Different Types
Subaru offers two different versions of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in the 2015 Impreza, each tailored to the type of transmission. In models equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission, the Continuous AWD system uses a viscous-coupling locking center differential to distribute torque a nominal 50:50 front to rear. Slippage at either the front or rear wheels will cause the system to send more torque to the opposite wheels.

Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT use Active Torque Split AWD. An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively controls power distribution in response to driver input, driving conditions and wheel slippage.

The Subaru Safety Standard
The Impreza is built around the brand’s proven Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure for exemplary collision protection. All models are equipped with a standard 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and the Brake Assist safety system. The Brake Override system ensures that the engine power will be cut when both the brake and accelerator are pressed simultaneously. Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) combines stability and traction control functions.

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The Impreza’s roster of safety features includes a driver’s knee airbag, front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage. The passenger-seat front airbag features a shell-type design with a center groove, thus exposing the passenger to less impact force upon deployment.

Subaru produces a full line of All-Wheel Drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.

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