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2015 Subaru Impreza: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo September 2016

The 2015 Subaru Impreza isn't the sportiest or sleekest used compact car you can buy, but if you're looking for comfort, value, reliability, safety and fuel economy, it's hard to beat what the Impreza offers. Unlike most compact cars pulled by their front wheels, every Impreza comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a system that improves traction on both wet and dry pavement. The Impreza's roomy interior and choice of hatchback or sedan body styles make it versatile, as do the numerous Subaru accessories that accommodate everything from cargo to sports equipment. Even with its all-wheel-drive (AWD) design, the Impreza doesn't cost much more than its compact rivals, and its fuel economy is near best-in-class.

From its strong resale and reliability ratings to its excellent crash-test scores, the Impreza sedan and 5-door hatchback may seem hard to fault, but there are a few shortcomings worth mentioning. Subaru's audio systems don't offer satellite radio on the base or Premium trims, and the Impreza lacks upscale options such as a power driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers and premium audio. For 2015, the Impreza gained a standard rear backup camera, while the EyeSight driver-assist system was made available on the Limited trims. Cruise control was added to the base 2.0i trim, and all models received upgraded audio and infotainment setups. Revised front-end styling and more sound-deadening material inside the cabin wrapped up the big changes for 2015.

What We Like

Roomy interior; standard AWD; excellent fuel economy; strong resale; good safety ratings; available EyeSight driver-assist system

What We Don't

Not much power under the hood; crude manual transmission; hard plastics degrade an otherwise nice interior; satellite radio only available on Limited trims

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2015 Impreza offers a single engine choice, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that's good for 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The Impreza offers a choice between a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy figures with the manual transmission are 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, and the CVT automatic earns a slightly better 28 mpg city/37 mpg hwy (27 mpg city/36 mpg hwy for the Sport trim).

Standard Features & Options

The Impreza is offered in two body styles (sedan and 5-door hatchback) and five possible trims. The sedan offers 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trims, while the hatchback extends the range with 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited.

The base 2.0i comes with 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, variable wipers, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a 5-speed manual transmission, cruise control, AWD, auto-off headlights, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a 65/35-split folding rear seat, a trip computer, cargo tie-downs (hatchback), 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 6.2-in touchscreen audio with Starlink apps (Aha, iHeartRadio and Pandora), auxiliary input and a USB port. Also standard are steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a rear-window defroster and carpeted floor mats. The 5-door adds a rear wiper/washer and a rear roof spoiler. Standard safety features include electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags. A CVT automatic is the only option.

The 2.0i Premium adds the CVT automatic, 16-in alloy wheels, a sliding front-center armrest, the All Weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a windshield-wiper de-icer), a rear stabilizer bar, two additional speakers for the audio system and fog lights.

The 2.0i Limited adds leather seating surfaces, 17-in alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, integrated side-mirror turn signals, a rear-seat armrest and upgraded 7-in touchscreen radio with swipe and scrolling gesture control, SiriusXM radio and voice-activated controls.

The 2.0i Sport Premium has a 5-speed manual transmission, unique 17-in alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, unique seat fabric, fog lights and the All Weather package.

The 2.0i Sport Limited combines the Limited sedan features with most of the Sport Premium key content.

Options for the Premium trim include an Alloy Wheel package (17-in alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped shift handle and steering wheel) and a power moonroof. Options for the two Limited trims include a power moonroof, voice-activated navigation radio and the EyeSight driver-assist system.

Pricing

The 2015 Impreza holds excellent 5-year residual and resale values, so finding a late-model car with low mileage at a good price might require a bit of shopping on your part. If you don't need AWD, you may find a comparably equipped Mazda3, Ford Focus or Hyundai Elantra for less money. For a good idea of the 2015 Impreza's price range, we suggest checking the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recall for the 2015 Subaru Impreza:

A recall was issued for EyeSight-equipped cars. If the switch that operates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver-assist system will not function. Dealers will reprogram the system free of charge.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website; simply enter your vehicle's identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2015 Impreza five stars overall, with five stars in the rollover and side-impact crash tests and four stars in the front-impact test. The Independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2015 Impreza its highest rating of Good in all tests performed and Superior in crash avoidance and mitigation when equipped with EyeSight. IIHS also rated the Impreza a Top Safety Pick.

All Subaru Impreza models left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you purchase your Impreza through Subaru's certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle program, the powertrain warranty period is extended to 7 years/100,000 miles, and you have the option to buy plans that will cover electrical issues, steering, suspension, brakes, air conditioning and the fuel system.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Mazda3 -- The Mazda3 offers the same amount of room and better fuel economy, plus it has a more attractive package that comes with a better interior and preferable audio options. The Mazda3 also delivers superior ride and handling characteristics.

2015 Hyundai Elantra -- The Elantra has a bigger rear seat, more features and better styling than the Impreza. It also offers a coupe model and has a longer basic warranty that can be extended further if you buy a CPO vehicle.

2015 Ford Focus -- The Focus offers more trim-level options and better fuel economy. It's roomy, sporty and can be loaded with such premium features as Sony audio, parallel-park assist and a much better navigation system, although the Focus has nothing to match the Impreza's EyeSight driver-assist system.

Autotrader's Advice

We think the 2.0i Premium is the best buy. Body styles are a toss-up. The 5-door is more versatile, while the sedan offers a more secure trunk to protect valuables. If you want navigation, our suggestion is to get a dash-mounted Garmin unit. If you want satellite radio, you'll also have to go with an aftermarket add-on, stream it from your phone app via Bluetooth or step up to the more expensive Limited trim that offers both built-in navigation and satellite radio in the same radio.

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