2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited Review
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Visibility out the Impreza is optimal, but additional safety systems with Subaru EyeSight give you a second set of eyes on the road - and an extra foot on the brake when needed.
There are several characteristics Subaru has become known for: reliability, dependability, and all-wheel drive. The Japanese automaker loves four-wheel drive so much it equips its entire lineup with this capability - even its Impreza, leaving it to carry the torch for compact cars offering all-wheel drive - and coming standard no less. While this might make the Impreza a little pricier than some of its rivals like the sensible Corolla, it still remains a great family-friendly sedan for buyers on a budget.
Other conveniences with this trim level include dual USB ports, keyless entry, push-to-start ignition and a power moonroof. A seven-inch touchscreen interface graces the dash of the 2.0i Limited with swipe/scroll capability, and it comes loaded with satellite radio, navigation, voice controls, and text-to-voice messaging. The sound quality of the audio system is particularly disappointing, though.
Equipped with Subaru's popular boxer engine - a 2.0-liter four-cylinder - the Impreza can pull its weight on road with 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, but it will let you know just how hard it's working. While the CVT is incredibly responsive in city driving, acceleration on the highway is pretty uninspiring and rather noisy. The 2.0i and 2.0i Sport Premium come standard with a five-speed manual, but optional on those trims is the CVT, which comes standard on all other models.
The ride itself is very smooth thanks to a well-tuned suspension, nicely absorbing any bumps and shakes. It handles nicely on the road, with a quickened steering ratio for especially precise steering that corners confidently, requiring less turning of the wheel.
Transmission: Continuously variable
Drivetrain Layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive
Power Output: 148 horsepower / 145 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 28 city / 37 highway
Base Price: $22,295
As Tested: $25,885 (incl. $795 destination)
Available Features: power moonroof, keyless access with push-to-start, navigation infotainment system, EyeSight Driver Assist System: Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management