2015 - 2016 Subaru Impreza
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Impreza.
2015 - 2016 Subaru Impreza
Horsepower @ RPM:148 @ 6200
Torque @ RPM:145 @ 4200
0-60 time:8.6 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:125 mph (Est.)
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.
|Length||180.3 inches (4-door), 173.8 inches (5-door)|
|Track (front/rear)||59.4 inches/59.6 inches|
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.
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.
|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|
|Fuel economy||28 mpg city / 37 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined|
2016 Subaru Impreza - Prices
|Model/Trim||Transmission||Applicable Option Code||MSRP||MSRP + destination and delivery|
|Impreza 4-door Models|
|Impreza 5-door Models|
|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|
|Impreza 5-door models|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.