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Subaru Impreza Receives Significant Updates for 2015 Model Year

Subaru Impreza Receives Significant Updates for 2015 Model Year

By Jeff Youngs, September 29, 2014

For the 2015 model year, Subaru bestows upon the compact Impreza models a number of changes designed to keep the car competitive in a hotly contested small car class. The lineup remains the same, though. Subaru sells the 2015 Impreza as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, the sedan available in base 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited trim levels, while the hatchback is offered in 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited versions.

Each 2015 Impreza is equipped with a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with boxer-type construction, and every Impreza is equipped with standard all-wheel-drive. For 2015, the only Impreza models equipped with a manual gearbox are the 2.0i Sedan and the 2.0i Sport Premium hatchback. All other variations of the car have a continuously variable transmission (CVT), one that is improved for 2015 thanks to what Subaru says is a more natural sound and feel due to stepped gear-change programming.

Additionally, Subaru has recalibrated the electric steering for quicker response, and improved aerodynamics with new side mirrors and a small rear lip spoiler for Impreza sedans. These changes not only enhance fuel economy for 2015, they also help make the car's cabin quieter. Thicker glass and additional sound deadening materials also aid in creating a quieter cabin.

From a styling standpoint, the 2015 Impreza has a new front bumper, grille, and headlights that the company says are designed to better relate the car to the 2015 Legacy. Inside, Subaru says the Impreza's trim is upgraded, compared with the 2014 model.

Standard equipment now includes cruise control, a reversing camera, lane-change signal feature for the turn signal, and a 6.2-in. touch-screen infotainment system equipped with StarLink smartphone integration, Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, and access to Aha, Pandora, and iHeartRadio services. The system also includes an auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, and HD Radio.

Upgrade to the 2.0i Limited, 2.0i Sport Premium, or 2.0i Sport Limited for side mirrors that include turn signal indicators. The 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Sport Limited get new welcome lighting, upgraded instrumentation, and an LCD information display between the gauges. A 7-in. touch-screen infotainment system is standard in these models, offering swipe and scrolling gesture control, voice-recognition technology, text-messaging support, satellite radio, dual USB ports, and iTunes tagging capability. It can be optioned with a navigation system that includes NavTraffic and NavWeather services.

A new option for the 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Sport Limited includes keyless access with push-button starting and PIN code access. Additionally, Subaru is offering its EyeSight safety suite of technologies on these top levels of trim. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, and steering-responsive fog lights that illuminate around corners to help the driver see better after dark.

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