2015 Subaru Impreza
In the automotive world, the 2015 Subaru Impreza is a bit of an anomaly. It's a funny looking small car, with 4-wheel drive, an unusual engine, and dated technology. Normally, in today's world, such a car wouldn't sell well. Most compact car customers are looking for a car that's going to make them feel good about themselves. That's why most are festooned with avant garde styling, and soft-touch interiors. But Subaru seems quite content with bucking trends. They've been doing it for decades. Remember the Subaru Brat, and that other anomaly, the Subaru Outback? Neither of those cars made a 'lick of sense' on paper. Yet they had curiously strong followings, just like the Impreza. So what makes a Subaru so special? Let's find out...
2015 Subaru Impreza - What is it?
The Impreza is a small car that comes standard with Subaru's proven Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. You can get a 4-door with a 12 cu-ft trunk, or a 5-door hatch with 22 cu-ft of room behind the rear seats, and 52 cu-ft with the seats folded. The 2015 Subaru Impreza is also the bases for the insanely fast 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. But we'll review that little gem separately.
Under the hood, you'll find a rather unusual 2.0L Boxer-4. Unlike a typical engine, the cylinders in a Boxer engine lay flat, making it relatively compact. Subaru recently introduced this engine (they've used Boxer engines for years), and it features a variable valve timing system called AVCS, along with chain-driven camshafts for added longevity.
Subaru Boxer engines are renown for their durability, and this one should be no different. The 2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i makes 148-hp, and 145 lb-ft of torque. That's not an exciting amount of power, but it is adequate. When mated to the standard 5-speed manual, the Impreza achieves 25 city / 34 hwy / 28 comb. Opt for the gearless CVT, and you'll see around 27/36/30. The 2015 Subaru Impreza isn't fast, but it's certainly thrifty. And don't forget, those impressive fuel economy numbers are achieved with 4-wheel drive.
Part of the 2015 Subaru Impreza's draw is the undefeatable AWD system. When equipped with the manual transmission, the Impreza gets the old-school continous AWD system, which keeps the power split 50/50 between the axles, depending on traction. CVT models get a computerized system that can shift power between the front and rear, depending on traction requirements. If you live in snow country, you will love the traction this thing gets.
2015 Subaru Impreza - What's New?Since the Impreza was redesigned last year, there's only some equipment changes. Most notable is the addition of standard Bluetooth hands-free & streaming, with iPod connectivity. The CVT gains Hill Start Assist, and a backup camera has been added to the options list.
In a Nutshell
The 2015 Subaru Impreza is a tremendously capable little car, that's surprisingly fun to drive. It also offers a sense of rugged-dependability that you just don't get from other small cars. So if you're a practical sort of person, and it snows where you live, you might just "love" a Subaru Impreza.